From Publishers Weekly
For those even broadly familiar with the details of rapper, actor and now author Dogg's troubled past, this book will read as a thinly-veiled memoir. Dogg's teen protagonist, Ulysses Jeffries, lives in the drug-infested Los Angeles neighborhood of Long Beach in the early 1990s, along with his younger brother Bing and their no-nonsense but loving single mother. When she gets religion, the two turn for attention to a local thug named Buddha, who takes Ulysses in as a kind of protégé. "I didn't have a father or a big brother," he says, "so in a strange way, Buddha became both for me. He had the flyest crib in the neighborhood." Soon his mentor gets him selling drugs on the streets, a trade for which Ulysses has quite a gift. The story is rife with cliché: Ulysses learns the price of gangster life the hard way; begins writing lyrics for raps and escapes a tragic fate through the transformative power of music. Dogg is part storyteller, part preacher, and his innate charm and streetwise wit go a long way in compensating for the otherwise pat plot and stale prose of this debut, the first of an announced trilogy.
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About the Author
is a platinum-selling hip-hop artist and a darling of Madison Avenue. A hot Hollywood commodity, he has starred in hit films such as Training Day, Starsky & Hutch
, and Baby Boy
, and appeared in numerous TV shows, including Saturday Night Live
and Chappelle's Show
. He lives in Los Angeles, California.David E. Talbert
is a five-time NAACP Award-winning playwright, filmmaker, and bestselling author. David made his film directorial debut with Sony Pictures’ First Sunday
, which opened as the #1 comedy in America. David’s hit plays and novels include Love on the Dotted Line
, What My Husband Doesn’t Know
, The Fabric of a Man,
and Love in the Nick of Tyme
. David lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lyn, and newborn son, Elias. Visit his website at DavidETalbert.com.