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Have Gun Will Travel: Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 1998

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No one more epitomized the world of gangsta rap than Suge Knight, the often brutal CEO of Death Row Records. Author Ronin Ro shows courage in detailing the frightening means used by Knight to corner the market on the most hard-core of urban music. It's a tale that reads like it was written by the bastard offspring of Horatio Alger and Quentin Tarantino. Knight's forceful style and legal entanglements have been the stuff of legend for years. Most music reporters, coming face to face with the thugs who enforced the rules at Death Row, have been afraid to tell the story. With Knight safely behind bars and Death Row in disrepair, Ronin Ro finally has the chance to put this violent soap opera in print. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"Harrowing and definitive, "Have Gun Will Travel succeeds so spectacularly because Ronin Ro is blessed with a rare combination of street smarts, solid writing skills...and cojones of steel."--Michael Azerrad, author of "Come as Your Are: The Story of Nirvana "The first informed look at a world the mainstream media still seems unable to penetrate.""--New York Post "From the Hardcover edition.

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There are 2 good reasons to read this book: 1) you like hip-hop or gangsta rap; or 2) you could care less about them. Fans will find the book a storehouse of detail, some now historical, on performers, labels, music videos. You others will learn from the book why you can’t and should not ignore a booming revolution in popular music, in which crime and violence are not simply lyrics, but the marketing tools, so to speak, of key industry figures like Suge Knight and his Death Row Records firm. Behind the competition to sell the most CDs is the more sinister competition between the Bloods and the Crips and their respective and mutually hostile empires on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the USA. This book debunks the myth that “crime doesn’t pay”.
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Ronin Ro's "Have Gun, Will Travel" chronicles the metoric rise and tragic fall of the top rap label of the '90s. In this compelling page-turner, Ro charts the label's very beginnings, from Suge Knight's college days as a football player/drug dealer at UNLV through it's untimely demise mired in legal troubles and federal inquiries. This book is must for Death Row fans. Ro's writing style has been criticized as "repetitive" by some, and while he does repeat a few anecdotes, it doesn't make this book any more difficult to follow. In addition, Ro shies away from making judgements about his subject matter. Instead, he lets their (alleged) actions speak for themselves. For example, Suge Knight appears to earn his reputation as a violent thug, first, businessman second, while the late Tupac Shakur comes across as a wanna-be gangsta in search of street acceptance. The most unflattering portrayal is saved for R&B crooner, Danny Boy, whose relationship with Suge Knight is called into question. All of the acts that the label's fans love are given equal time. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, Lady of Rage, etc. In addition, there are numerous questions that longtime Death Row fans have wanted answered and they'll find them here. Including the NWA reunion that nearly happened while Eazy-E was still alive, the truth behind the departures of Warren G, Dr. Dre and Sam Sneed, and the story of Gina Longo, who was Death Row's first (and only) white singer. The only criticism I had is that Ro relies on a few too many "un-named sources". While it's understandable, given Suge Knight's feared reputation, it makes a few of the stories seems a tad far-fetched. As a longtime Death Row fan, however, I give this book my highest recommendation.
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This book leaves me with a lot of mixed feelings. There is a lot of interesting insight into Death Row that you probably don't know. It connects the different 'eras' if you will of Death Row, from the Chronic to All Eyez on Me and does a fine job of putting Death Row in its place in the rap game. It flows easily and is a very interesting read. However, it is not without flaws. First, Ronin Ro tends to repeat things. He'll tell the same anecdotes multiple times in the book, which really comes across as amateurish. Moreover, I think a lot of people are buying this to read more about 'Pac. I know that was a large part of my motivation. However, that is not a good reason to get this unless you're interested in the bigger picture. Ro paints a very unflattering picture of 2Pac (and just about everyone on Death Row in one form or another except Dre). And, if you want to hear the cricisms of the man, "Rebel For the Hell of it" is more direct on 'Pac. The strongest part of the book, however, is the looks into how Suge built his business which is really interesting. No one else would say all this about Suge, and I'm betting Ro will be moving to another country by the time Suge is set free. If you're a rap fan, get this book. If you're not, or you're more into just 2Pac, you might want to think a bit about it, although I think most anyone would enjoy this.
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I expected Have Gun Will Travel to be another book which denounces Death Row and Marion "Suge" Knight.I was surprised. Author Ronin Ro made this book an objective look at the label, its roster and its CEO. Author Ro also took me behind the scenes, and showed how, were it not for Suge Knight, Death Row would never have been as successful as it became. According to Ro, Suge Knight was a highly-intelligent, handsome, kind and generous person. Ro also notes that Knight was single-handedly responsible for getting the mainstream media, and Middle America, to accept hard-edged rap music. In this book, Knight is presented as a businessman who is as driven as Trump. Ro also details Suge's remarkable life and career with respect, honesty and admiration. Suge Knight, the book repeatedly points out, is not the villain the mainstream media makes him out to be. To Ro, Suge Knight is a decent man with a dream who was led down the wrong path by advisors, some of his artists and producers and others. Knight, this book points out, was only trying to help people out. In the end, the people he tried to help led to Knight's downfall and imprisonment. For his objectivity, Ro is to be commended.
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