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Hiding in Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry--from Music to Hollywood Paperback – June 30, 2009
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Dean was not the typical down-low guy though. In actuality, he loathed the way some down-low men lied to their women. He also was not too keen on playing second fiddle to men who wanted to have their cake and eat it too. Dean wanted much more. He wanted real love. And he wanted to know how he could attain that love and still be accepted in a business that was all about images and facades. Through his desires to love freely, dealing with his estranged family, and attempting to find a way to overcome his conflict with his sexual preference, Dean started Men's Empowerment where he invited his peers to discuss the stressors that came with celebrity and/or power. Men's Empowerment became a seed flourishing into other groups that helped communities in New York and ultimately helped Dean do some serious soul searching.
Hiding is Hip Hop was a decent read. It garnered so much attention that by the time I read it, I was so intrigued by the celebrities Dean was not naming and almost missed the point of his book. He did an excellent job of protecting the innocent, as I was unable to positively identify anyone he described, but I had tons of fun trying to figure them out. Because he used fictitious names, and so many of them, I often lost track of who was who and why they mattered. There were a few name glitches complete with misspellings and the timeline was a bit off. Sometimes, I could not tell what time period he was speaking of, but it may have been to protect celebrity's anonymity. Overall, Hiding in Hip Hop is an entertaining read if you enjoy playing guessing games. Readers who like memoirs and stories that delve into the struggles of human nature would also find this story fulfilling.
Reviewed by Darnetta Frazier
And it is that.
But I'm not going to lie, I bought it to find out which ones of these so-called gangsta hip hop stars is really homo. Be honest! Isn't that why you want to read it?
There are a few names mentioned in the book, but it's mostly descriptions of the stars -- so thinly veiled you can guess who the author is talking about. I'm not a real for real hip-hop fan, but even I was able to guess four or five. And let me say (are you ready for this?), if I'm guessing correctly, one of the people mentioned played a large part in Karrin Steffans' book, Confessions of a Video Vixen!
Can you believe it?
I'm not going to spoil it by posting my guesses, because 90 percent of the enjoyment of the book is figuring it out for yourselves. But another rapper mentioned is tatooed, and always rags on homos in his raps. Yep, yep, yep!
I heard that the author is supposed to be on the Wendy Williams show on May 13th, and I can't wait!
This book was a incredible work of extreme narcissism by the author. Every chapter he was talking about how everyone wanted him and how he got every latest and greatest star. Since there was no sources and everyone's identify was protected (thats fine) it could have all been a work of fiction for all we know. The author is not a "star" himself, so the narcissistic reminders of how great and admired he is and attractive to everyone was extreme.
The book could have been 1/2 the length. Extreme repetitiveness. I really liked this book (for the first 100 pages) then I went....whoa....this is one piece of 1) narcissism and 2) repetitiveness. Also - the book was all over the place. Who edited this!? At one point he referred to white people as "the white people" - thats when I lost respect for him as a serious author.
The only good thing I can say about the issue at hand here, (DL in Hip hop) is thank god Frank Ocean came out recently. Maybe this will make this 2008 book seem dated as (hopefully) more come forward about their sexuality and stop seeing it as a flaw, for which it is not.
Final verdict: junk status