Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler

Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler

by Azie Faison, Agyei Tyehimba
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Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler by Azie Faison, Agyei Tyehimba

A cautionary tale about the life of former kingpin Azie Faison, who has become the fabric of street legend

Faison was a ninth grade dropout who earned more than $100,000 a week selling cocaine in Harlem, New York, during the peak of America's "War on Drugs" between 1983 and 1990. Faison, along with two partners, was an urban prince with cars, jewels, and people — in awe of this million-dollar phenomenon — at his feet. His legacy has been praised by hip-hop's top names in their lyrics, and his life was the basis for the urban cult classic film Paid in Full starring Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, and rapper Cam'ron and produced by Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Films.

In Game Over, Azie brings forth a powerful memoir of New York's perilous drug underworld and music industry, with an intellect and wisdom to empower and challenge the street culture he knows so very well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743282314
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 08/07/2007
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 270,395
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Azie Faison is a former drug lord turned anti-drug advocate. He wrote Paid in
, the blockbuster biopic based on his life, and his self-produced
documentary on street crime is a cult bestseller in the urban video marketplace.
Check out Azie at

Agyei Tyehimba holds a master of professional studies degree in African and
African American studies from Cornell University, and a bachelor's degree in
sociology from Syracuse University. He is an educator in New York City. Check
out Agyei at

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Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book . of best books i will ever read
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good I advise all the youth of Harlem who knows what went on back in the 80's to read this book then maybe hopefully we can kill this mentality once and for all about the game / street life whatever you choose to call it I don't care just destroy the thought of it. Brother AZ has done a great service to the community with this book because he could have went the fake gangster rapper route and tried promoting his life in a negative light to make a quick buck but he didn't do that nuff respect for not further poisoning the youth of today. Peace....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, a book about the streets written by someone who actually lived it! All people that read urban fiction novels should definitely read Game Over, because it is a true story that actually reads like a novel! It is well-written, and very vivid. When you read it, you feel as if you're watching a movie you will find it very, very difficult to put down. I like the language and tone of the book. It's well-written but not over anyone's head. Teenagers and adults can get through this book in a weekend. Although Azie criticizes gangsta rap artists and street hustlers, he does so from love, not from hate. Instead of barking on these people, he gently pleads with them to end their involvement in drugs and misinformation. He does a good job explaining the things that led him to sell drugs, and an even better job describing the hustler lifestyle. He is honest and does not hold back from criticizing his past. He admits to the wrong he did, and the whole book comes off very sincere as a result. Those who saw the movie Paid in Full will see that the movie contained many errors. If it weren't for some of the profanity, violence, and sex, I would suggest high schools make it required reading. Maybe Azie can make a 'clean' version for teenagers. I really beleive that this book can actually prevent some youth from entering the drug game. This is one book that can change lives!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and i must admit, it will keep your attention and you will finish it in no time. This is a no hold bars look at what the streets are all about from someone who knows first hand...If you had any questions about the game, this will answer them all
Guest More than 1 year ago
i hve read this book and i must say that i am verry verry impressed.