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It's Like That: A Spiritual Memoir Hardcover – November 1, 2000


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Legendary rapper Run of Run-D.M.C. (born Joseph Simmons of Hollis, Queens) became a top-paid star in the 1980s, when rap was still in its infancy. He was in something of an infancy himself, lacking the maturity to fend off the drugs and sexual promiscuity of the music business. He became severely depressed when the band's albums of the late 1980s garnered disappointing sales. Simmons/Run lost himself, developing what he calls a "spiritual amnesia" that threatened to erode the firm, early foundations of family and community he'd enjoyed. Evidence of this erosion manifests prodigiously in the memoir, even unintentionally: for example, when describing how he was called to defend himself on rape charges, Run mentions that his wife "was upset" and took their kids away after the trial. Wife? Kids? This is the first the reader has heard of them. True to the conversion-story format, however, Run cleans up his act. Now the Reverend Run, he focuses on helping others, especially young people, turn their lives around. Scattered after each chapter are Run's 13 "house rules" for living, featuring standard self-help slogans such as "It's never too late to reinvent yourself" and "Obstacles don't hold you back; you hold you back." This rap-to-riches-to-religion story should appeal to teens and music fans, though it may disappoint those looking for a more penetrating spiritual memoir. (Aug.)
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Hmmm. What to make of the "spiritual biography" of a member of Run-DMC, the band that, more than any other, brought hip-hop to suburban boomers' enclaves? Simmons became a born-again preacher in the early 1990s, a move that, predictably, didn't enhance sales. But the band was no longer the apex of hipness, he was dissatisfied, and troubles, including a sexual-assault charge, haunted him. His life seemed out of control. So he took spiritual control. This is the story of his quest for spiritual satisfaction. Yes, he preaches--an endeavor not far removed from performing rap and its progenitor, dub poetry--and this isn't a pop-music bio. Simmons testifies about his rock-star past, but the book really recounts an intense young man's spiritual journey. Obviously of interest for its pop-cultural components, it is as blunt as good rap, for there is tough reality behind the words. Mike Tribby
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704381508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704381506
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,678,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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