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Root For The Villain: Rap, Bull$hit, and a Celebration of Failure Paperback – October 3, 2011
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What kind of industry do we have in hip hop when a guy like L'il Wayne or 50 Cent that can't rhyme and just say the same thing (guns and guns and drugs and money and cars and guns!) over purchased beats can make MILLIONS and guys like J-Zone and Freddie Foxxx can't get airtime on anything.
This book is both a result of and warning to the sick, self-destructive industry hip hop has become and J-Zone's story, as amusing as it may be, is really a call for true fans to get off the corporate label and start backing independent productions.
After reading J-Zone's humorous and insightful memoir (and the social commentary, Uh, "Crunching Numbers", one of my favorite chapters) I now see why he didn't fit into the rap world, like the others. To become like "the others" requires you to conform to a popular idea, to follow the leader with the biggest crowd and mimic his formula for success or expand on it without confusing people. But J-Zone is rebellious to the tenth power. He's an inventor of new ideas and likes to play with form. But no one in the business of music cares to hear that unless it makes a lot of money. J-Zone is no slouch. In fact, while he performed many times for crowds of 10 people or less, he was lauded, by his more successful chart-topping peers, for his unique style. Could it be his peers were living vicariously through J-Zone's rebellious creative efforts, or was J-Zone actually the Ed Wood of rap? One thing is for sure, there are no rules in J-Zone's world except his own. It's easy to assume that J-Zone was one of those, "cut your nose off despite your face" artists. You know, the ones with the huge ego and brick hard moral conviction that many corporate robots love telling, "I told you so" before kicking them to the curb. But they can't see, what he so brilliantly sees. He sees dead people, folks afraid of risking conformity to fulfill a dream, for fear of failing. And for this, I don't believe that J-Zone is a failure at all.Read more ›
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Whether you're a fan of J-Zone or just interested in the politics of the music industry, you'll enjoy this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by TC
You know, this is pretty well written although I will say a little depressing. To some extent I feel his gripes about the music industry as well as a little bit of honor to be a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr McGriddlecakes
I enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book, but the story changes from a up and coming artist who doesn't break through to a rant on what's wrong with the world, hipsters, chicks, ny... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jay Cleary
Through my humble hip hop beginnings getting into the indy circuit, sampled beats, rhyme techniques and dare i say "real hip hop", even i had heard about j-zone way in north... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by TheAnonymousTruth
Okay, so maybe it didn't change my life. But it was really enjoyable. I like J-Zone. I like his rapping, drumming, and writing. Buy this book. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Barbara A. James
I have read over 5000 books and I've only liked two of them. This is one. And then there are a couple others.Published on September 19, 2013 by John Abar
I've been a huge fan of J Zone over the years. I had every album from "Pimps Don't Pay Taxes" through "To Love A Hooker. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Scott Vlahon
Witty and well-written. The brilliantly constructed dark humor in this book removes the prerequisite of being a hip hop fan to fully appreciate the content. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Sam Belsky
Since buying J - Zone's tremendous book my life has changed...incredible!
Un-put-downable and fascinating, he writes like a feverish animal ,full of wit,verve and... Read more