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Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler Paperback – November 22, 2005
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A summary of the book's plot seems redundant. What makes this book stand out are the hustlers themselves - Fat Cat Nichols, Supreme, Prince, and several others. Brown presents their lives and misdeeds without passing judgment on them, allowing the reader to interpret the possible motives behind why they do what they do. The book also provides an interesting look at the early days of Queens hip-hop, including the lack of money being made by the artists involved at the time (the talk of Jay Mizell being so heavily in debt at the time of his death brings the point across pretty clearly).
For fans of contemporary hip-hop, there's plenty about the rivalry between Ja and 50, and Brown does a good job of exposing what should seem to be a lack of true street cred. Nobody in this book, outside of a few Queens narcotic cops, comes across in a very good light. Brown pulls no punches, as the facts tell the story.
Recommended for any fan of hip-hop culture, especially to those unfamiliar with much of what's covered in this book.
But, its not the WHOLE story, because this book is really talking only about a small area of NYC, and New York is a BIG place! There's LOTS of things that *I think I know* that never made this book, probably because of the smaller scale of the book's focus (or, because I don't "know" jack s***, ha!). For instance, not ONE TIME is the name Wu-Tang mentioned, and those guys have claimed to have been very active in those early/mid-80's hustling scenes, too. My guess is that they're from a different area, and thus would have had their OWN local street heroes and stories, etc. And I've read (ahem, on the internet) that Fat Joe had been a BIG mover of product in his youth. These are stories that need to be dug up and memorialized, in addition to what is in this book....
So that's kind of what this book makes me want - this is ONE piece of the pie, but there needs to be more books that examine that same time period but from the OTHER areas of the city, the OTHER guys who were also doing it in the 80's, and who were thus influencing the rappers who came up later.Read more ›
I hail from southeast Queens and I have heard so many stories of the Supreme Team and Fat Cat and all of those dudes and crews. I just think it's great to get all the facts in one place. Now I understand how everything went down and why. New York is a crazy place, yet it is still a gem. People if you want to know about real street tish and about these fake ass rappers like Ja and Pac and the Goodies I mean Gottis I mean Lorenzos, this is the book. Happy Reading.
It made me fly all the way from Atlanta to pay a visit to southside jamaica queens, ny (over the holidays) to see the famous baisley projects (116-80 Guy R Brewer) and South Jamaica Estates (aka Forties Project). I could not believe such a small housing project had so much going on in the 80s that no one knew about. My trip was not complete but i will pay another visit there by the summer. I just have to. Whether the things that went on in South Side Jamaica Queens was good or bad, it is still history, that needs to brought to light and i am glad Ethan at least took the first step by coming out with this book.
Ethan Brown was so detailed with this book, i will find it hard to know anybody will put this book down once they start.
This book will make you ask a lot of questions, and i must say sparked a huge curiosity in me. There is a lot of whys and hows.
THIS BOOK IS A DEFINATE DEFINATE MUST READ. And for parents i will say it will be a good gift for you young teenagers who are tempted to get into this life of drugs whether it be a hustler or a user. This book makes you understand that it is not worth it,because at the end of the day all the people ended up dead or in jail, and have nothing to show for it. This book is a must read by all.
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When i first broght this book and started reading it.i couldn't put it down.great from beginning to end.i just started over reading it.Published 13 months ago by anthony landingham
The author did a very good job going thru the facts and characters of the time. I really liked that he did not glorify these people. Read morePublished 22 months ago by William A Brown
I got this book because I was interested in gangsters and drug lords. Reading this book gave me the information I wanted but soon it got boring.Published on April 21, 2014 by Denise Evans
I purchased this book for my husband, who is from Queens and he loved it. He said it was a great read!Published on January 19, 2014 by Saniiya M