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A Hip-Hop Story

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

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    Couldn't Put it Down

    Just Wow! It's a haunting read, all these years later I still find myself thinking about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008


    Im only on like chapter 7 and im in love with this book. Wow its so detailed you just cant turn away! Im going to finish reading right now lolz!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2007


    this b00k is one of the best books i read so far its great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004


    Your hooked by the second page. This book I read three times and had to re-buy twice. If you love hip hop and a darn good book, A Hip Hop Story is it!! Big ups to Huru Patah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    This Book was 'off-the chain'

    This book was very factual. The author used gruesome detail to describe the hip-hop industry. He uncovered the true reality behind the lives of most rappers that came from the streets. I like how he incorporated real-life issues with the rhymes of the characters, Flawless and Hannibal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2004

    Off the chain!

    This book was so real. It captured all the aspects of the true hip-hop culture. It was a page turner from cover to cover. Anyone who enjoys battle rap will enjoy it. The lyrics are excellent. Everything about the story was real, from the battles to the love story with Ericka and Micah to the deaths. All of it was excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2003


    Everybody is not a novel reader. But if you like hip-hop, are interested in contract negotiations, behind-the-scenes coverage of hip-hop performances, the love between a man and a woman, ghost writing, or the effect hip-hop has on its fan base, please pick up A Hip Hop Story by Heru Ptah. If you don¿t want to read the whole book, just check out one of the strongest chapters in the whole novel, Chapter 32. Ptah has mastered the art of writing about critical events (i.e. war, politics, violence, etc.) in a conversational matter when no other writers so far have been able to do this without preaching. Even better, he does it through the eyes of two fictionalized hip-hop artists with totally different backgrounds, lifestyles, and philosophies. Flawless, the exceptional pretty boy who has a major talent for lyrics, is the infamous freestyle battler who beat Hannibal, the raunchier, in-your-face lyricist. After that freestyle, they have gone back and forth down the road to their future. They both share one dream though: to get to the top of hip-hop music. I won¿t lie to you. There were some spots where I wanted to pull out the violins. I used to say women made love sound corny, but this book proves that men do too. Ptah should¿ve asked some women how it felt to lose their virginity cause the whole ¿wanting him deeper and deeper¿ deal was completely inaccurate. But anyway, the author made impressive points like the difference between an industry audience during a performance as opposed to a public audience. (If you saw the reaction to Lil¿ Jon & the Ying Yang Twins on the Vibe Awards, you¿ll understand his point). He spoke on the sometimes-overprotective love between siblings. He spoke on the problems with holding onto friendships when a hip-hop career becomes successful. He even speaks on the power of words during battling sessions, adding along several freestyles of the fictional characters. Ptah even adds as much humor as he does realism in a part so surprising all I can say is read Book Five. Better yet, just read the whole book. It¿s worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    This is GREAT!

    I bought this book from the author who was selling copies on the train last year. It is incredible book! I'm so happy to see he got published! CONGRATSQ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    A masterpiece

    I read an advance copy sent to a magazine, and I gotta say this book is amazing. It's an incredibly intelligent story about two rival rappers as they keep crossing paths. It's realistic to the point of being painful as it shows elements of Tupac, Biggie, Nas and Jay-Z. If you love Hip-Hop then you should read this. If you don't love Hip-Hop then you need to read this to understand why the rest of us love it with such passion.

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