Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man

Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man

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by Ja Rule, Jeff Atkins
     
 

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Ja Rule, actor, singer, songwriter, and one of the most multi-dimensional rap artists of his time, tells his compelling story—from his youth to his rise to international fame to his transformative two years in Federal prison—and reveals the man beneath the legend.

Unruly is two stories that offer one complete picture of a man and his

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Ja Rule, actor, singer, songwriter, and one of the most multi-dimensional rap artists of his time, tells his compelling story—from his youth to his rise to international fame to his transformative two years in Federal prison—and reveals the man beneath the legend.

Unruly is two stories that offer one complete picture of a man and his world: the angry, fatherless rapper, Ja Rule who was “raised by the streets”; and Jeffrey Atkins, the insightful, reflective father and loyal husband who learned the hard way how to be a good man.

Filled with never-before-revealed anecdotes and sixteen pages of black-and-white photos, Unruly shows the determination that it takes to become a man in today’s society. Ja Rule considers the lack of role models for many young black men today—a void that leads to bad choices and the wrong paths. Recalling his youth, he illuminates the seductive pull of the streets and the drug dealers who were his earliest role models.

Jeffrey Atkins offers practical wisdom—reflection, growth and hope learned first-hand as an inmate, father, husband, and community role model. He speaks fondly of men who inspired Unruly—the inmates he met in prison whose misguided ideas of masculinity landed them behind bars—and Louis Farrakhan who mediated the televised encounter with Ja Rule’s adversary, 50 Cent.

Unruly is a compelling, personal look at the duality and conflicts that arise in the African-American male psyche from a man who has enjoyed breathtaking fame and suffered heartbreaking misfortune.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
01/01/2014
Actor, singer, songwriter, rap legend: Ja Rule has it all, plus two years in federal prison and the experience of raising a teenage son, which he uses to speak to the single mothers ofyoung African American males. With a 50,000-copy first printing.
Publishers Weekly
06/09/2014
In this memoir, Ja Rule, an internationally known rapper-actor, offers revealing insights into his life, including a bitter lockdown at Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York, as well as escapades in his hometown of Queens, N.Y., where he enjoyed pot-smoking, easy sex, and the lure of the gang life in the projects. Yet he survived the hazards of drug dealing to emerge as a defining force in hip-hop, featuring political and cultural messages in his sound. A high school dropout, the entertainer, now 38 years old, first won roaring success in 1999 when his debut album Venni Vetti Vecci sold nearly two million copies. At that time, he joined the legendary 1999 Hard Knock Tour with DMX, Jay Z, Redman, and Method Man; he feuded with fellow rapper 50 Cent—a feud that only ended when Minister Louis Farrakhan brokered a truce; experienced a career downturn; and received death threats from old rivals in the drug game. Ja Rule’s candid, unvarnished view of guns, drugs, depression, fame, lust, love, and family and that makes this a remarkable memoir and a worthy read. (July)
Irv Gotti
“It takes a big man to share his entire life, inside and out, and especially the things he’s not proud of. I’ve known Ja forever and I’ve always seen his greatness, but Unruly is truly special.”
Queen Latifah
“I’ve known Ja for years, and yet reading this book made me feel like I was meeting a new man. His struggles have been many, but he’s come out stronger for them. Unruly is a remarkable look at someone I consider a dear friend.”
Russell Simmons
“I am so impressed that Ja is willing to share [his] pain with the world in the hope of preventing others from making the same mistakes. This is a book of raw wisdom and hope.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062316196
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
613,721
File size:
1 MB

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