Category Archives: RTM Book Whore

Jay Z: Decoded

(pic via Masia One)

When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics—not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC—are poetry if you look at them closely enough. The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history. And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to.” ….Decoded coming out 11/16…

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Pryor Convictions

My Mom and I were chatting about our favorite autobiographies and we both agreed that one of our faves was Richard Pryor’s Pryor Convictions…addictive, sucked me in raw, made me laugh, made me tear up, made me think, made me so so mad when it was done because more than that, it made me realize how much more true living I still have not, well….lived.

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I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!!!

                                                    (image via Kim Yokota)

I usually love to spend $$$ more on experiences than on things but this right here is like the best of both worlds for me…omg!!! SICK beyond expression!!…ok where’s my magic wand so I can make this instantly appear in my apt..today!!

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Barefoot

So after weeks of deliberating with myself, I decided to post about my new book, Barefoot, which is currently available on Amazon. See, I’m one of those people who never wants to come off as a ‘Diddy hustler’ aka – someone who goes mad hard, soliciting people to purchase my products..actually although most people see me as outgoing, I lean towards the opposite when it comes to business…so as I’m explaining my ‘evasiveness’ to a good friend recently over dinner, she cuts me off – ” You HAVE to be your biggest fan…bottom line.”  Enough said. It’s sinking in. (thanks Tam:)

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Book Whore/Film Fanatic: The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo

I know I’m late on the phenomenon but The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo by the late Stieg Larsson was fuckin extraordinary!! And so of course my mild case of OCD led me to rent the movie which was so unbelievably captivating – I must have stopped it about 10 times b/c I DID NOT want it to end!! The most well-crafted film I’ve seen in a minute…and if you have an issue with subtitles, get over it! Trust me on this one!

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The Zero Hour Work Week

I am a hardcore advocate for getting paid to do what you love and for those who believe the same (or desire to) this book is a MUST READ!! Jonathan Mead, the author, says he can no longer tell whether he’s working or playing…DOPE!! Click here to read this free e-book and be inspired!

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Book Whore: Bullsh*t or Fertilizer

Bullsh*t or Fertilizer: Tough Love for Artist on the Fence by Pierre Bennu is one of my all-time favorite books. He literally puts your artist a$$ in check!!! The best advice to a creative junkie from one who puts his money where his mouth is: he’s a painter, award-winning filmmaker, DJ, teacher, author and owns Oyin Handmade, an all natural body and haircare line with his wife Jamyla. For a  ‘measly $10 bucks’, it’s worth more than any therapy session, meditation workshop or Live Your Best Life episode of Oprah I’ve ever watched. Get ready to cut out the shenanigans and seriously begin/resume to exercise your art/craft!

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