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The New York Times Book Review…over and above a hip-hop story, Wyclef's is "an immigrant's story." That is what makes it a gem. This escapade-filled memoir—short on revelations or scintillating tone, but brimming with droll yarns—delivers a narrative that often gets short shrift in hip-hop historiography: a diasporic one. And considering how many hip-hop icons have Caribbean backgrounds—from Kool Herc and the Notorious B.I.G. (Jamaica) to Big Pun (Puerto Rico), Shyne (Belize) and Nicki Minaj (Trinidad)—that border-crossing narrative is vital to the music's roots and culture. Hip-hop is a classic American rags-to-riches saga, yes, but it's also a postcolonial immigrant story—as much Henry Roth as Horatio Alger…The book…fits the model of traditional American immigrant literature.