Hip hop. Hip hop is my culture, it's the culture I grew up with and fell in love with as I am an 1982 born 80's baby, so I have been around about as long as hip hop has. I've heard it all, and i've been thorough every era. What can I say? In a culture where keeping it real has more supposed weight and value than telling the truth does, and people rather hear about how much dope you have sold or how many women you have, whether it be true or not; Malice shares with us his life story in an all to revealing, all too real fashion and style of delivery. I mean, with him and his brother pretty much being the pioneers of coke rap, why would he tell all about the struggles and trials and tribulations that he has endured, and how him giving his life to Christ made a change in his life for the better, especially when he's a high profile artist with a drug dealing past? Why? Simply put, because God told him to. Now you may not believe in God and you may not have had an experience where he has told you to move, but when God tells you to move, you move, whether you want to or not.
Most artist would just continue to "put on." Selling dope, selling records, and facing foreclosure doesn't mix, especially when you're excelling at doing both. So, with that said, why would anyone want to bear those truths? We all remember Mase with his pastoring, and coming back to rap, and now back pastoring; I don't sense that this will be the case with Malice, because like I said before, he pioneered coke rap, but through the music and the website and now the book, he promotes life change for the better, genuinely, realistically and truthfully.
Read the book. It made me take a look within myself, and i'm sure it'll do the same for you.Read more ›
Nearly done with this quick read and I am starting to become aware of similarities between listening to the rapper Malice on tape (CD, download or whatever) and reading the man's words in print (or Amazon Ipad download). An enjoyable Clipse song has a clever, catchy title, some realistic scenarios made appealing when delivered with a sense of shame without being regretful, a few choice moments that only someone who has had experience will recognize and appreciate and then a quick wrap-up.
This book has the same style and feel. The story within itself is not too detailed or entertaining for that matter. The moments of finding a relationship with God through scripture, an indifferent attitude brought on by inactivity in spiritual matters coupled with monetary success, and the subtle humility of a man who seems to be a bit self-absorbed (as we all can be), still makes for a good read. Though not as fluid in prose as his raps may have been with rhythmic poetry, it is still a coherent account of a man who demonstrates a level of faith that can be described as belief seeking true passionate inner purpose and happiness.
Hip Hop music, in its true nature, is always been about expressing who you are. Being unafraid to show others the complete you: Strengths and Flaws. Good and Evil. Elated and Depressed. This book is a shining example of that. A curtain has been lifted and we are exposed to the scene behind the stage and are offered a glimpse into Malice's hell and his heaven. Being a fan of hip hop my entire life I can't express enough how refreshing it is to see someone of fame and magnitude speak on enriching your life spiritually. When these types of books are written it only dissapoints in one way. TOO SHORT. I know that there are a lot of lost souls out there(not just needing to be "saved") but people who dont have the rolemodels they need around them and forced to look up to sports stars and musicians. They need books like these to see and understand that there are more important things in this life besides money and fame. They need Gene Thornton Jr. This book is a must have for any hip hop fan or anyone in general who needs some guidance. This is a testimonial in the growth of hip hop and its ability to reach outside of the billboard charts. After finishing this book I wished it was longer, but maybe thats the point...i am spiritually hungry for more...
As a long time fan of the *Clipse(Pusha T & Malice) as well as a man if faith I thought it was a easy interesting read into the life of a rapper and some of the external and internal struggles Malice dealt with. I did think it was a little lite on details and seemed to focus on 2 specific events in his life that had some impact on him.
I must start off by saying that I am a Clipse fan and Malice was my favorite. I didn't know what to expect when I started this book and therefore went into it without any expectations. His story isn't your stereotypical "rapper's story". It's hard for a book to keep my attention, this one did. I finished it in two days; however it could have easily been one.