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Posted at February 16, 2011 by Comments Off

Book Review: Malice’s Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, & Naked

Malice did not exaggerate in our interview when he said that Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked was a wild ride, and a wild ride that is readable in one sitting (I read it in about 2 hours). The prose style was very informal, but at the same time, I found that to be refreshing (the voice of the author sounded exactly like him, and I can confidently say that after talking to him over the phone). As you can guess, I highly recommend this, and not only because I love the Clipse. It's not every day that one of my favorite artists chooses to tell a story so personal and so intimate, and so inspirational, but even then, I still recommend this. Frankly, I thought it was brave of him to share his story, in addition to his upbringing and personal life, when he was literally "wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked."Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked was not what I expected, but in a good way. I have to confess (pun intended? naw, I'm not that corny) that I flipped to the pictures before I started reading, and fortunately my assumption about what I saw proved to be incorrect. I really enjoy books that make me think, that make me lay in bed and reflect on what I read, and this is one of them. Malice's story is about the role of faith, but like he said, he's not interested in converting us all to Christians. He just shares his story, and how faith saved him. To me, I feel that stories like this, expressly about religion and God, are kind of a taboo subject these days (I say that as someone who believes in God, but who does not go to church). While ...

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Book review – Jay-Z’s Decoded

As soon as I started reading Decoded, it reminded me of this super dope annotated version of Huck Finn that I checked out from the UP Library one time for this large research paper I wrote.  So, Decoded automatically made me think happy thoughts. With the help of ghostwriter dream hampton, Decoded was provocative even in its form. It is a collection of Hov's memoirs coupled with lyrical analyses and through them, he crafts a larger story with insight into his life, as well as the artwork, culture, and history of that time period. For example, in one chapter, he writes about being young and what is going on in that time period, and he'll mention later writing "Renegade" with Eminem, so then one of the song that he decodes at the end of the chapter is "Renegade."Decoded was also provocative with its content, in that it made me think.   Jay-Z really emphasized that he was a hustler, but he was also a storyteller; some of his lyrics were true, but most of their were stories inspired by the streets.  As sad as it is, people think all rappers are thugs. It doesn't occur to people that rappers are storytellers, poets even, and of course, it doesn't help people to recognize this when rappers are trying to pass themselves off as thugs. In other words, they are trying to get that street cred with their lyrics, not through their actions (Rick Ross, I'm talking to you).  

Posted at December 24, 2010 by Comments Off
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