Under the Influence: Where Hiphop Meets Psychology

Under the Influence: Where Hiphop Meets Psychology

by GaKnew Roxwel

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You are an android. Okay, well maybe you’re not really an android, but you have been programmed.

Hiphop artist, GaKnew Roxwel, dives into psychology and brings back a bounty of gems. Under the Influence, paired with the Sound of Silence album, creatively shares the science of automatization and how habits reign over more than we realize. This dynamic dual of book and CD tells the universal tale of Calvin Lloyd, and his triumph from being tangled in a web of perpetuated abuse to unraveling his past for mental freedom. Written like a film, Sound of Silence gives a first person narrative of Calvin’s journey, while Under the Influence analyzes his psychology with a host of behavioral theories.

This project maps out a path to balanced emotional health and inner peace by breaking down the complexities of influence and our innate dependency on automatized functions. Dissecting a variety of relationships and the subconscious nature of learning, it’s your practical step-by-step model for breaking cycles. Under the Influence is knowledge from psychoanalytic circles packaged for everyday people.

Do you work or frequently come in contact with at-risk youth?
Do you struggle in a relationship with your spouse, parent, or child?
Do you seek to better understand your life and why you feel stuck in a cycle?
If your answer is yes to any of these questions, this book is for you.
If you answered no to all of the above, it’s for a close friend of yours.

Slim Kid Tre of the world-renowned hiphop group known as The Pharcyde calls GaKnew Roxwel “one of the top five emcees of all time”. GaKnew is a National Poetry Slam Champion with artistic accomplishments that range from appearing on Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam to spray painting the backdrop for Chris Brown’s 2012 Billboard Music Awards performance. Yet, being creative isn’t GaKnew’s only job. He is also a Senior Social Work investigator for a non-profit law firm in Los Angeles, Ca, and has worked daily with the county’s foster youth for approximately seven years. For a decade prior to that GaKnew volunteered with various community organizations as a mentor, and worked closely with Leila Steinberg, mentor of Tupac Shakur, in developing an after school arts program. The combination of GaKnew’s careers is what birthed this socially therapeutic project, Under the Influence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483525501
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 04/20/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 136
File size: 706 KB

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Under the Influence: Where Hiphop Meets Psychology 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite When the average person considers matters of philosophy or the psychology of the mind...probably one of the last things you think about is Hiphop. However, rapper and author GaKnew Roxwel challenges those norms with his new book, Under the Influence: Where Hiphop Meets Psychology. A combination of autobiography and the author's realizations and thoughts regarding the world, I have to say that it was quite interesting. You get a look at Calvin Lloyd and his journey from an abusive youth to growing and developing into the person he was always meant to be. I wasn't sure if it was a fictionalized drama or some kind of self-reflective exercise, but whatever it was, it holds your attention and makes you think about the way the world is. If you don't question what's happening in your world and why, what's the use of living in it? The author's history is somewhat shocking, but it’s that initial shock from the premise that pushes interest in the topics discussed in the book. I enjoyed the song lyrics as reference tools that GaKnew used to illustrate the points he is making as he goes through his ideas. While some of the thoughts I found hard to follow, due to my unfamiliarity with Hiphop, for the most part everything could be easily understood by the lay person. This could read as the text of the under-appreciated men and women who suffer every day through the violence that rules their lives. A compelling read and one that really made me think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely groundbreaking. It shows many sides to some basic ideas that ive never really thought of. And its so t TRUE. Empowering. GREAT JOB GaKnew,