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It's Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop's First Latino DJ Hardcover – April 28, 2009

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There are no punches pulled, no shorts taken, no inconvenient truths omitted here. The story of DJ Disco Wiz is a searing, powerful, heartbreakingly real hip-hop story. A must-read. --Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

If there are words to describe DJ Disco Wiz they would be true survivor. Born in a time when war and injustice was the state of America, This book is a must read for all fathers mothers, sons, daughters, and educators alike, so that one may understand the pain that so many young people, born in harsh conditions have to endure. --Jamel Shabazz -A Time Before Crack / The Last Sunday in June / Back in the Days / Seconds Of My Life

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If there are words to describe DJ Disco Wiz they would be true survivor. Born in a time when war and injustice was the state of America, This book is a must read for all fathers mothers, sons, daughters, and educators alike, so that one may understand the pain that so many young people, born in harsh conditions have to endure.

"If there are words to describe DJ Disco Wiz they would be true survivor. Born in a time when war and injustice was the state of America, This book is a must read for all fathers mothers, sons, daughters, and educators alike, so that one may understand the pain that so many young people, born in harsh conditions have to endure."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Miss Rosen Editions; 1ST American Editin edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157687494X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576874943
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,564,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must say that this book is a must read. I am not a reader by nature and I have to make myself read books for school but it was different with this book. I was given a chapter to read for my music empowerment class and I was hooked after I was done and I wanted to continue reading it so I went ahead and bought it and made it a final project for class.

I enjoyed reading the book from start to finish. This is the first book that I read in its entirety in a very long time. I could not put it down and read it everywhere. I thoroughly enjoyed the rawness of DJ Disco Wiz and how his life was told without holding back. I can picture the different scenes through out the book coming to life.

If you love hip hop or are just interested to learn about the pioneers and how the movement was started, please buy this book. You won't be disappointed.

Thank you for reading this post and hope it helps.

Ivan
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ok, so i thought i had already entered a review when i actually finished the book about 2 weeks ago. a testament to the book is that i'm here 2 weeks later checking out other opinions of it. turns out my previous attempt didn't work. still, i am eager to tell about this absolutely awesome and wonderful story.

in a lot of ways it's my story. i grew up in the same craziness that was the boogie down bronx of the 70's and 80's. so i witnessed much of the same reality. to read about it so eloquently expressed...it's what makes it my favorite cuz it's the closest i've read to mine (yet to be put 2 paper...hehe). it's like when we first saw 'wild style' or 'beat street', that was our story up there. as i read this book i felt much the same way.

it's just a riveting tale that keeps u wanting to know more. it's a great story and it's well told. tho' i don't know the brother personally, what i do know is that this gentleman is a soldier, a veteran of the war in the streets of our cities that goes on to this day. they say all of us that grow up in the inner city streets suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome. this brother grew up and out of that in such an inspiring way.

then on top of being this great story about this gentleman's life coming up in the hard streets of the bronx. he's an originator of hiphop culture and thus gives us an insight into the birth of a movement that has taken over the planet. they did a tremendous job of relaying what it was like at those first jams. took me waaaay back. and it's important, for me anyway, to know some details about these pioneers. biggest problem with hiphop and all the rest of modern cultures, is forgetting to give props to the ancients, the elders, the originators of what we live.
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Format: Hardcover
The book is addicting, from beginning to end. Luis "DJ Disco Wiz" Cedeno takes you on journey through the life and times of growing up in the Bronx during the uprise of Hip Hop, Bboy crews, DJing and the struggle to maintain perseverance through it all. The book is so detailed, that I actually felt like I was walking side by side with Luis and witnessed every moment. I gained a new respect for Hip Hop and the legends that started it. I gotta give it up for Luis Cedeno for a superb work of art and gift to reach the heart with his life experiences growing up in Hip Hop's melting pot, the Bronx.
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In one sentence, DJ Disco Wiz will rip out your heart. In the next, his observation of the circumstance will bring tears of laughter. How he navigated off the path of destruction testifies to the character of his spirit and the power love has to heal.

His book is a song of the unsung, caliing out to the thousands of kids who search for direction and adults who've suffered for years from violent hands. Wiz was that lost boy, and was that traumatized adult. His harrowing story makes his kindness, generosity and wisdom that much more remarkable. See Wiz mentor a troubled teen and you'll understand caring. See him perform on stage and you'll understand passion and innovation. Read his book and you'll understand tenacity and hope.

The story of DJ Disco Wiz isn't over. His life has just begun.
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WOW!! Louies( ooops..whiz"s.book needed to be snatched out my hand by my wife because i didnt pay her no attention from the moment i got my copy!I relived my past in such a short time..all his friends, crimees,ex girl friends are all my child hood friends..I shared the same street corners and friends with whiz but learned so much more about him thru this book.damm we shared the same pains deaths...prison stints,not being accepted because i too chose to be nuetral in prison and not hang with all latinos.I am recommending this book to all my co workers and friends..they may not relate to all the names and places as well as i did but im sure its gonna be like the latino version of boyz in da hood to them...lol...stay up disco whiz!!...youve only just begun!!!......dj robbie rob 183rd!!
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The story of DJ Disco Wiz is highly suggested as required reading for anyone soul searching trying to redeem themselves and overcome any type of Adversity in life, let it be physically or mentally. DJ Disco Wiz holds back no punches and removes all safety nets as he takes us on an intimate journey of his life.

The book is guaranteed to endorse a positive change in anyone that is truly dedicated to talking the talk and walking the walk as Wiz had to do on his quest to finding his inner peace on earth.

Warning: All Avid Book readers, you will need a box of Kleenex to finish this book! You will feel his pain, struggles, Will Power, success, etc ... as he takes us on an emotional joyride, which concludes with a sense of peace and a smile on your face.
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