Pimp: The Story of My Life

Pimp: The Story of My Life

by Iceberg Slim
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Pimp: The Story of My Life by Iceberg Slim

Before Hip Hop, there was the pimp. The book that brought black literature to the streets is back to show the Hip Hop generation what it’s all about, where they came from. By telling the story of one man’s struggles and triumphs in an underground world, this book shows the game doesn’t change - it just has a different swagger. Iceberg Slim's story is now depicted in a major motion picture distributed worldwide. Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp shows Slim's transformation from pimp to the author of 7 classic books.

As real as you can get without jumping in, this is the story of Slim’s life as he saw, felt, tasted, and smelled it. Only he could tell this story and make the reader feel it. If you thought Hustle & Flow was the true pimp story, this book is where it all began. This is the heyday of the pimp, the hard-won pride and glory, small though it may be; the beginnings of pimp before it was dragged in front of the camera, before pimp juice and pimp style. A trip through hell by one man who lived to tell the tale. The dangers of jail, addiction and death that are still all too familiar for today’s black community. Though it is a tale of his times, it will remain current and true for as long as there is a race bias, as long as there is a street life, as long as there is exploitation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451617139
Publisher: Cash Money Content
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 50,832
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Iceberg Slim, aka Robert Beck, was born in Chicago in 1918 and was initiated into the life of the pimp at age eighteen. He briefly attended the Tuskegee Institute but dropped out to return to the streets of the South Side, where he remained, pimping until he was forty-two. After several stints in jail, culminating in a ten month stay in Cook County, he decided to give up the life and turned to writing. With a family to feed, Slim folded his life into the pages of Pimp, which emerged as a definitive chronicle of street life. Slim was catapulted into the public eye as a new American hero, known for speaking the truth whether that truth was ugly, sexy, rude or blunt. He published six more books based on his life and different aspects of the ghetto black, pimp community. Slim died at age 73 in 1992; one day before the Los Angeles riots.

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Pimp: The Story of My Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all id like to say that I don't read much, but once I started this book I couldn't put it down. This book pulled my coat on the ins and outs of the grimy underworld of pimping. Once I was done I felt like it almost educated me. If you look deep enough you will see that he gives us insightful information on how to maintain relationships. This book is a must read for fans of black hardships.
LamarAdams More than 1 year ago
The writing style, particularly the slang, was hard to digest at first. It took some getting used to and at times clarity suffered. The storyline was graphic and well executed. The descriptions of his thoughts and personal relationships greatly helped with understanding his world. I would give this book 5/5 if the slang wasn't so thick and outdated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enlightened by its brutal honesty of the world we see every day yet fail to comprehend in the slightest.
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I've been hearing about this book for my entire life. Most people I know who have read this book have always painted it as a "life changing experience" once you have closed the last page. I think if I had read this book back when I was in my twenties, I may have felt the same. However, at the age I'm at, and with my understanding of the type of psychological tactics that are played from the streets to the high-rise, I'm less impressed with the occupational skills of the author and more in awe of the vivid descriptions of the era that created him. Let me make this clear: there is nothing really deep about being a pimp. The only requirements are to find yourself a highly damaged young woman (the younger the better) who has experienced sexual, emotional and physical abuse, and then trap her in a love-hate relationship where she will spend most of her time trying to get you to stop hating her. Even Iceberg Slim himself says that a productive sex worker is a masochist with self-image issues. I've been around enough people like this (too close really) to see how that game works. Sure there are a few other things you can toss in the mix to amp up the dysfunction, but for the most part, mix one part troubled female with one part slightly sociopath controller and you too could have made a few bucks. Nevertheless, there is nothing like having it spelled out to you and the language in Pimp alone will keep you glued to the pages. However, you have to be prepared - this book is slang HEAVY! In fact, there is so much slang that there is a glossary attached to the book to help you get through it without losing your mind. Honestly, that may not be enough for some, but, for the most part, you will be able to use context clues to figure out what is happening. On top of that, the stories are excellent. Scoop it up and read it.
MattShizzle More than 1 year ago
He was the original. Between him and Donald Goines started the "urban fiction" genre.
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MsTiptress More than 1 year ago
I'm in between good and bad with my feelings on this book. I was not to fond with the writing style of this story. Even though it had a glossary at the back I still did not understand some of the words. In the beginning I was very upset and had to force myself to get through it but toward the middle it started to pick up and keep my attention. The scenes were very VERY graphic. This is another one of those reads that should be for adults only. It was a very insightful read. But it just wasn't something I would read again. I'm just not feeling the story. This was his life, nothing fictitious about it. and because of that I can't dislike it.
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I recommend this book as a must read book,because it enlightens the mind and takes you on a tour in the world of pimps,though its thought provoking but the lessons in the book can be applied in daily life endeavours ,so this is a must read book as well as good worth of literature for your money.
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