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I Make My Own Rules Mass Market Paperback – September 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312967861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312967864
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A stellar example of how to endure, grow up and become an adult in the perpetually adolescent world of rap." --The Source

"There are rebels and there are innovators. I'm an innovator." --L.L. Cool J

"Keeping it real ain't about carrying a gun or smoking blunts. It's about being true to yourself and those around you." --L.L. Cool J

"In this business, sex is like candy-plentiful and cheap." --L.L. Cool J

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Praise for I MAKE MY OWN RULES:

"Meet an LL Cool J that few know...Revealing." -JET

"Smith candidly shares his life lessons, blessings and hardships...RULES is a charismatic page-turner...RULES is funny, entertaining and enlightening, but what makes it so special is that it's the first memoir from an around-the-way, self-proclaimed student of Hip-Hop, who tells us how we can simultaneously succeed and stay true to ourselves at the same time."

-RAP PAGES --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I have been a fan of LL Cool J since his first song Radio.
pete@royalexpress.com
The book is written very well with humor to keep the reader entertained.
Steven Samuel (sohh@dti.net)
I read the book the day I bought it and I just couldn't put it down.
Maggie Trask

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a quote from the book "I Make My Own Rules",by LL Cool J. This book is a national bestseller. I can understand why,because after reading it,it was positive and influential.It definetly moved me.From the beginning, the book caught my attention. I couldn't put it down.It was captivating.This book should be read by the youth, everywhere. The story is an autobiography of a rap artist named James Todd Smith, better known as Ladies Love Cool James(LL Cool J). It told the story of the world of rap through the years. Also how Mr. Smith endured obstacles in life such as;abuse, neglect, drugs, money problems and addiction to sex. You can read Mr. Smith's rules on relationships, family, religion, music, and his experiences. I learned alot about him,the rap world and life. He did a thorough job in telling his story. He told the truth and nothing but the truth.It was all him,good or bad. This book teaches the readers that they make their own choices in life. Only you can make a difference and overcome difficult obstacles. As said from,Rap Pages; "It shows how you can suceed and stay true to yourself without making your mistakes haunt you." You should always look forward.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on May 11, 2003
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James Todd Smith, AKA LL Cool J, lays bare his heart and soul in this engaging and candid autobiography. He tells of his somewhat traumatic childhood that was filled with domestic violence, and the affect that it continues to have on his life. He also gives a realistic, behind the scenes, view of the music industry-the sex, groupies, and drugs. With emotion he tells of a time in his life that he was not proud of, a time when he was young, immature, and had plenty of money to throw around. Smith uses his life to teach the lesson to youngsters that we all make mistakes and to view them as a learning experience. The book also shares some of LL Cool J's opinions about the current state of rap, the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac, and other pertinent issues.
This book is exciting, inspiring, and heartfelt. It tells a story of one man's obstacles and triumphs to go from a troubled boy to a multi-platinum-recording artist and actor. Readers will walk away from this book with a true sense of both James Todd Smith and LL Cool J. I highly recommend this work.
*Note this refers to the Parent Advisory Edition
Reviewed by Latoya Carter-Qawiyy
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mistermaxxx08 HALL OF FAME on January 23, 2000
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i respect LL Cool J alot.i like his older music better than his newer stuff but i always keep an ear on this rap pioneer.so when i found out about this book i was excited and it was real good.the rise of his career&the inside of the business especially chapter 9.this is the first book that i've ever read that had a sticker on it.that alone peaked my interest.he has done alot with his career from rapping,to actor on tv&film.a good solid read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2004
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The book I read is called I make my own rules. It deals with a Man with a dream. Not Martin Luther King but he had a dream to be the best M.C. around. He wanted to have the best beats and rhymes made in history of rappers. His name is LL Cool J also known as James. He grew up talking about his childhood life. How he had bad and good times. Mentioned how he met Run-DMC during his open mike night at the Apollo, and about his family and wife and his three kids. What I liked about the book is that it was base on Cool J and how he lived his life in the bad side of his town. James Ruled his town like the number 1 bully he would always carry his switchblade with him if there would be any trouble with him or the friends he new. He'll always be there to help them get out of trouble and try telling them to avoid getting thrown in the slammer. Everyone in that lived around James's block would know what the deal is. The things I didn't like about the book is that is the sad moments. True something might happen to someone but that always gets me. Example of one Cool J had a dog. He would spend his time playing with it. One day his dog got caught hanging from a hole in the backyard he said he tried to reach the basement but was to late. That is the reason I don't do sad stories.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2000
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I am not a book reader. I don't like to read for personal enjoyment at all. Just to prove it I would rather clean the bathroom of my home than read a book. The only time I would be seen at a library is if I had to get a book for a class assignment in school. That is about to change 'cause a couple of weeks ago I was told I had to read a book for my Senior English class. The assignment was to read any book that we wanted and I chose "I Make My Own Rules" by L. L. Cool J. This book was very deep. It will take you into the life, struggle, pain, and rebuilding of James Todd "L. L. Cool J" Smith. From times before he was born to his climb up the latter of fame to his descent toward the pit of greed and darkness back up to the light. The book was not just for the sake of writing a book nor was it just for getting everything that has happened to him out in the open. It was a personal testimony or a written speech for the reader and youth that he feels would help in their quest to grow. If there was a way for him to reach one person and to help them see that you don't have to settle for less, or that there is more to life than what is offered, then he has done his job. "I Make My Own Rules" was an excellent book. Now having read it, I want to start personal reading and I will start with books like these. Even though this book dealt more with negative parts of his life, it gets his points across about being true to yourself and to others. By telling you about himself and what he has been through, there is the hope that you will see his mistakes and learn from them as he has. The point of view is from first person and well he speaks in a mild slang sort of tone which is makes it very easy for just about any person to read.Read more ›
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