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You are about to enter uncharted Terror Tory . . . I'm Tory Tyson, but you can call me Terror Tory because I bring terror to all producers and DJs. I'm from the hood side of Mount Vernon, which is right next to the Bronx. I'm fifteen and I already met my future wife. I just have to get her to see it that way. Did I mention that my beats and turntable skills are sick? This summer I'll be spinning at a block party in my neighborhood on Friday nights. You should come through. It's going to be hot (pun intended). Me and my partner Fat Mike are going to enter the Unsigned Hype demo contest on New York's Power 97, "the nation's number one station." If we win, my whole life will change. But there's always somebody hatin'. I'm trying to stay focused, but every day it's different drama. Man, I just want to make it . . . "A great story. . . . [Tory's] life, music, and personal situations were stepping-stones to becoming someone great in hip-hop music. That's a beautiful thing."--Pete Rock, legendary hip-hop producer and DJ "This story is long overdue. It shows that even bad neighborhoods can produce good things. Tory keeps it real, but he also keeps it right."--Robert Teitel, producer, Soul Food, Men of Honor, the Barbershop series, Roll Bounce, and Notorious "A story that anyone growing up in the urban landscape can relate to . . . A fresh account . . . of the heart of a young teen wrestling with what it takes to become a man."--DJ Essence, hip-hop producer, DJ, and CEO of Lamp Mode Recordings ". . . flashes strong street cred . . . . Firmly rooted in hip-hop lore, it will have huge appeal for urban teens."--Library Journal Booker T. Mattison is a writer and filmmaker whose films and music videos have aired on Showtime, BET, MTV Europe, the Gospel Music Channel, and TBN. Mattison lives in New York. This is his first novel.
Booker T. Mattison is an author and filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's The Gilded Six Bits, which aired on Showtime. His films have been screened at the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, the Directors Guild of America, and Harvard University. He has written and directed music videos that have aired on BET, MTV Europe, and the Gospel Music Channel. Mattison's first novel, Unsigned Hype, was published by Baker Publishing Group in June 2009 and is already in its second printing. He is now working on an adult novel. Mattison has taught literary criticism at the College of New Rochelle and film production at Brooklyn College. He received his master of fine arts in film from New York University and his bachelor of science in mass communication from Norfolk State University. He lives in New York with his wife and four children.
This is my first Booker T. Mattison book and it will not be my last. Mr. Mattison's voice and storytelling capability is unique and powerful. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SircleMemphis
Awesome book for young adults and teens. I'm 30 plus and I loved it. A fictional story about urban society, family, the music industry, and the Kingdom of God. Read morePublished 8 months ago by steve
This book was awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed reading how a kid can use his thinking ability for the better and not the worse. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Malaika S. Durbin
This book was well written by Booker T. Mattison. He did an excellent job in describing the urban life in Mount Vernon and the surrounding boroughs in New York City. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Twan J
I loved everything about this book by Booker T. Mattison, award-winning film writer and maker, award-winning novelist, professor and family man. Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by Gayle G. Lin
Unsigned Hype is a thrilling novel that entitles the story of dreams and success at a young age. Young Terror Tory, as he calls himself in the novel, is raised by his mother after... Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Urban Teens Read
A great book for middle school and high school youth! Positive, encouraaging and real. Give it to every young person you know - a perfect birthday gift or summer read.Published on April 22, 2010 by Charlotte Van Fleet