Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Root For The Villain: Rap... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: “Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include cd-rom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!â€
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Root For The Villain: Rap, Bull$hit, and a Celebration of Failure Paperback – October 3, 2011

4.9 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.00
$10.81 $9.94

"Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It"
Read the new book by bestselling author Grace Helbig. More by Grace Helbig.
$14.00 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Root For The Villain: Rap, Bull$hit, and a Celebration of Failure
  • +
  • Behind the Beat: Hip Hop Home Studios
  • +
  • J Dilla's Donuts (33 1/3)
Total price: $43.39
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

J-ZONE is a connoisseur of humbling reality checks, lesser-known rap albums from the early ‘90s, self-deprecation, and full-fledged lampoonery. His primary hobby is assailing our daily acts of bullshit. Throughout his decade and change in the music business, he’s worked with the likes of Gnarls Barkley, The Lonely Island, Biz Markie, E-40, and Prince Paul, to name a few. As a writer, his work has been published in the Common Culture pop culture textbook series, SLAM Magazine, The Source, and London’s Hip-Hop Connection (HHC), among others. He’s a regular contributor for ego trip NYC and moonlights as a high school sports reporter in the New York Metropolitan area. J-Zone has also taught music classes in the SUNY (State University of New York) system. He’s an insubordinate curmudgeon and a New York native who will invoice you if you send him emoticon and acronym-laden text messages. He lives in Queens, New York with his beloved grandmother, “Evil E.”
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Old Maid Entertainment (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615532276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615532271
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I used to listen to this guy a lot back in my college days and it was so cool that a guy could put out a record without going mainstream back in those days. But, when you read this book, it's as depressing as it is funny. Here is a whip-smart kid with a talent for beats that got educated the street way in hip hop and took his knowledge into the studio where he made AWESOME records that both got away from the thug nature of hip hop and more into satire and intelligent rhythmic flow....and he didn't make ANY kind of living from it. Now he's a high school sports reporter.

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.
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book, my man goes over the span of his life and describes his love for hip-hop. I am a true fan of his music and i wasn't sure how his book writing skills would be. He spent a lot of time perfecting this book and i would have to say he is definitely a great writer as well. I await his future books to come out, he could write another dozen and i would buy them. He goes over some of the best first hand stories of being around celebrities and rap moguls over the past 20 years, I could not put the book down!
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Hugely enjoyable read if you're in to the hey-day of hip-hop music (late 80's - 1990's). I laughed out loud at least 2 dozen times, J manages to tell a cautionary tale about life, dreams and the music industry in a way that's extremely entertaining, provided you're not a humorless prude. My one (major) critique... J, dude, next time get you an editor. The first 2/3rds of the book tell J's tale, then the last 1/3rd is just a stream of consciousness about various ridiculousness in the world today, much of it I've already read in blogs that J has written over the years. It's like J ran out of tales to tell, realized he needed more and just started ranting and recycling old thoughts. A good editor would have been able to help you place these anecdotes within the context of your tale so it all fits together better, instead of this 'story is over, but here's some more thoughts...' format you chose. For instance why not tie the gadget ho rant into the stories you tell about your women and relationships over the years. And I'm not a douche, I get it, this was a self-published book, your first foray into publishing... but editors are there for the same reason engineers are there in the studio - to make what you produce work and sound better. I don't feel like the format made the book worse, but a good editor would have made it that much better. Now please open a J-Zone fantasy camp in New York and start taking people's money to teach them how to make beats. You'd have mine. And write more please.
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Root for The Villain... is more than a memoir about one dude's failed rap career. It is a book about what happens to the "unseasonable" artist, the obscure, gifted, intelligent, insightful, not-ready-for-prime-time artist, who is good, but never good enough, or rather simple enough, for mass market appeal. But that's not all...

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 ›
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I listen to the man's music, now I understand it. If you grew up with an interest in hip hop? You will relate to this man and his words. It's a great book. A great read.
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Root For The Villain: Rap, Bull$hit, and a Celebration of Failure
This item: Root For The Villain: Rap, Bull$hit, and a Celebration of Failure
Price: $14.00
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com
Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: egg bacon grits sausage, tyler perry movies