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Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2007

    An Urban History Lesson

    I read this book in its entirety today. It bought back a lot of memories and pain. As a 38YO husband, father of 3 beautiful children, with a wonderful wife and 18 year IT career, I grew up during the 80's crack epidemic. I sold drugs. I was a crack addict. I watched childhood friends involved in the drug game die. I saw beautiful women become crack addicts. Even then, as a teenager, I wondered why something so small could cause so much destruction. This book reveals a lot. How drugs almost destroyed Urban America, in particular NYC. This book should serve as a history lesson to young people who view rappers as gangsters. 'Real gangsters move in silence'. This book should also serve as a reminder to people who survived the devastating decade that was the 80's. 'Never forget where you come from'. It's easy for privileged people to dismiss the urban population however when you have people that are disenfranchised, suffer abject poverty, and lack educational, creative, and/or financial opportunities the majority will do whatever necessary to create opportunities for themselves, even if it means hurting their own. It's unfortunate that the crack epidemic was largely ignored until children of White America started dying. Although the author highlights the exploits of particular South Queens drug gangs, I think the overall context of the book should be reviewed in a larger perspective: From the Civil Rights inequality, to government disenfranchisement, as a result of Vietnam, subsequent escapism via drug abuse, to opportunities via drug sales, to capitalism/exploitation via urban music. This book should serve as a guide for kids that want to get involved in hip-hop/rap music 'STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF. STOP BEING SOMEONE ELSE'. It should serve as a wakeup call to those 'Music companies/Law Enforcement/Religious organizations' that want to exploit kids in the music game 'STOP EXPLOITING OUR CHILDREN'. It should serve as a warning sign to all Black youth that murder each other for nonsense 'STOP KILLING EACH OTHER. THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT US TO DO'. As long as there's a mongoose, there'll be a snake. As long as there's an audience, there'll be a minstrel. It's sad how life chooses you....

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    Unadulterated Mayhem!!!

    Queens Reigns Supreme is a TV series waiting to happen. This has to be the truest depiction to date of what life in the inner-cities were like during the 80's and how that period influenced the present state of hip hop. Ethan Brown's level of penetration into the urban underworld is simply fascinating! His efforts produced an engrossing page turner that I strongly recommend for all fans of hip hop and especially for those who are intrigued by America's culture of violence.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    Book was excellent

    I grew up in Queens and i must say this book is very accurate, very enjoyable and easy reading even if you're not from queens or NYC

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Emberpaw

    My other rp, sparkleshine, had an apprentice who was never on. I waited for her to be on, wanting to train, and then I see her post that I ignored her and she demands a new mentor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    To emberpaw

    Ok i admit it, i do rp leopard. Sparkle can still be his mentor if we have both felt that way. Sorry if that made you feel bad. ~ waebreak ps now i know why.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    M

    Ebonpelt, Sunclaw, Morningpaw, Fligtpaw, Emberpaw.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    I lived right in the center of it all most of the story was true

    I lived right in the center of it all most of the story was true but some was not some of the people was pretradeed wrong but ither wise is was a goog read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Awesome

    Excellent read!!!!!!!! You willnot be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2007

    great book

    i couldn't put this book down. it tells the stories behind what many of today's rappers are talking about and details the frightening lives of crime that inspired many of the songs that are now pop culture hits. most of us have only heard brief tidbits about these 80's criminals but this book breaks it all down. if you know nothing before reading this book you'll feel like you know the whole story after you're done. it's very informative

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2005

    Gritty

    this book was excellent. the facts are just amazing and so on point. the research that was put into making this book was well done cuz almost everything is factual

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