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Unsigned Hype: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2009

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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.

About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800733800
  • ASIN: B003E7EXTU
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,446,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a person who fully believes in the importance of reaching the youth. The problem that usually prevents us from doing this is we don't try to reach the youth where they're at.

Enter filmmaker and author Booker T. Mattison and his debut novel, Unsigned Hype.

From a reader's perspective, the book doesn't miss a beat; I read the book in one sitting, captured by the music backdrop, the tight writing, the well developed characters, and the drama that ensues well to the end of the novel.

As a person, the book touches me because it meets the youth where they are, where their dreams are, where their trips and stumbles through life are, and it shows youth that having faith, having God is important. That with him and your faith, you can still have your dreams--even if they're a little altered due to their journey.

I definitely recommend this book to all readers interested in a strong story and an equally strong message. Looking forward to see what Mattison puts out next.
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Unsigned Hype by Booker T. Mattison is a street novel that grips you from the first page until the very end. With cool, relatable characters such as Terror Tory, Bang Up Black and Boo Boo you feel like this is a tale from your back yard. Growing up in Mount Vernon, Tory lives with his mom and two older brothers and he has inherited his deceased dads' ear for music. From blasting tunes and playing the piano, you name it this brother is spinning the 1s and 2s. Interested in becoming a music producer, Tory helps his friend, Fat Mike, create a demo that lands them a spot in the Unsigned Hype competition.

While Tory is living a dream, Fat Mike is basking in the mini glow this competition has thrown their way. However, when they don't win Mike becomes sour and agitated that Tory, now known as Terror Tory, gets a hook up to make beats and produces some of the local talent. Unsigned Hype is a great read for all, especially today's youth who do not exactly live in the best neighborhoods but still have a dream. Mr. Mattison incorporates religion, morals and caring parents in this urban novel; where everyone feels right at home. This is a feel-good story about our youth and helping them to help themselves.

I recommend this book to readers of all genres and ages and will be passing this one on to my daughter. Unsigned Hype gave me a warm feeling as the story unfolded and walked me through the life of a teen growing up and the challenges as well as obstacles he had to face. Making the right decision is hard especially when you are unsure of your purpose in life. Pick up a copy.

Reviewed by: Cheryl Hayes
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I loved everything about this book by Booker T. Mattison, award-winning film writer and maker, award-winning novelist, professor and family man.

The story is told through the voice of fifteen-year-old Tory, who has been fatherless since he was a small boy. His dad was murdered while coming home from tutoring a student. Moms had done her best to rear her three sons with good moral values and manners.

Tory inherited his dad's love of music and of being a DJ. He has his dad's old record collection of over 800 discs. When Tory mixes the music for a friend of his who has hopes of being a rapper, they enter a contest and win. However, a big producer picks up Tory but leaves his friend behind.
Tory catapults to instant star status and is surrounded by people with no scruples: sexually promiscuous, drug dealers and users, and those involved in other dangerous activities. It's easy to get taken in when the big money starts coming in and thousands of people are shouting your name.

Moms fears that Tory, screen name Terror Tory, will lose his footing and she enlists the help of Mr. Lord who taught with her husband and attends the same church she does.

Tory is be-smitten by Mr. Lord's daughter, Precious.
"Precious Lord is really her name? You've got to be kidding me."

With Moms' love, the attention and influence from Precious, and the fatherly advice from Mr. Lord, Tory learns the true meaning of integrity and truth.

I wish every teen would read this book ... and their parents too.

Find out more about Tory at [...]
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This was an interesting book. Totally outside of what I usually read. It's a YA book, but very urban in feel. I think it's an important voice that hasn't been heard a lot in the past. The book shows that even in that environment, it is possible to live your life with integrity and honesty and faith. I thought the book was really good. For those readers who really aren't familiar with the hip-hop culture, it gives some really good insight. At the same time, I know if it weren't for the blog tour I probably wouldn't have picked this one up. But I'm glad I did have the opportunity to read it.
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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 the devastating death of his father when he was young. He follows in the path of his father by becoming an aspiring DJ, and he's also very good at it. This boy can spin hits in seconds with little to no effort at all. So it's no surprise when Tory is selected by power 97 to have his own hour of mixing, live on the air. He ends up teaming with a very talented bi-part by the name of "Bang Up" and combined with Terror's mixing ability and Bang Up's freestyle flow of lyrics; they end up making several smash hits. Becoming the city's favorite duo, these two encounter some rough edges regarding their age difference, Bang Up's habit of breaking the law, and Tory's lack of common sense at times. With so many more amazing events, this story is by far one of the best reads I've had in a long time. There were so many life lessons taught and not to mention, it was very funny. I loved some of the comments and metaphors/similes used to give the story humor. I give Unsigned Hype five stars and I recommend it as a novel that all teenage young men should read! Though the morals are all some things we should learn to value.
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