- Taschenbuch: 206 Seiten
- Verlag: Old Maid Entertainment (3. Oktober 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0615532276
- ISBN-13: 978-0615532271
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,2 x 22,9 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 164.480 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Root For The Villain: Rap, Bull$hit, and a Celebration of Failure (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. Oktober 2011
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
J-ZONE is a connoisseur of humbling reality checks, lesser-known rap albums from the early ‘90s, self-deprecation, and full-fledged lampoonery. His primary hobby is assailing our daily acts of bullshit. Throughout his decade and change in the music business, he’s worked with the likes of Gnarls Barkley, The Lonely Island, Biz Markie, E-40, and Prince Paul, to name a few. As a writer, his work has been published in the Common Culture pop culture textbook series, SLAM Magazine, The Source, and London’s Hip-Hop Connection (HHC), among others. He’s a regular contributor for ego trip NYC and moonlights as a high school sports reporter in the New York Metropolitan area. J-Zone has also taught music classes in the SUNY (State University of New York) system. He’s an insubordinate curmudgeon and a New York native who will invoice you if you send him emoticon and acronym-laden text messages. He lives in Queens, New York with his beloved grandmother, “Evil E.”
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What kind of industry do we have in hip hop when a guy like L'il Wayne or 50 Cent that can't rhyme and just say the same thing (guns and guns and drugs and money and cars and guns!) over purchased beats can make MILLIONS and guys like J-Zone and Freddie Foxxx can't get airtime on anything.
This book is both a result of and warning to the sick, self-destructive industry hip hop has become and J-Zone's story, as amusing as it may be, is really a call for true fans to get off the corporate label and start backing independent productions.
After reading J-Zone's humorous and insightful memoir (and the social commentary, Uh, "Crunching Numbers", one of my favorite chapters) I now see why he didn't fit into the rap world, like the others. To become like "the others" requires you to conform to a popular idea, to follow the leader with the biggest crowd and mimic his formula for success or expand on it without confusing people. But J-Zone is rebellious to the tenth power. He's an inventor of new ideas and likes to play with form. But no one in the business of music cares to hear that unless it makes a lot of money. J-Zone is no slouch. In fact, while he performed many times for crowds of 10 people or less, he was lauded, by his more successful chart-topping peers, for his unique style. Could it be his peers were living vicariously through J-Zone's rebellious creative efforts, or was J-Zone actually the Ed Wood of rap? One thing is for sure, there are no rules in J-Zone's world except his own. It's easy to assume that J-Zone was one of those, "cut your nose off despite your face" artists. You know, the ones with the huge ego and brick hard moral conviction that many corporate robots love telling, "I told you so" before kicking them to the curb. But they can't see, what he so brilliantly sees. He sees dead people, folks afraid of risking conformity to fulfill a dream, for fear of failing. And for this, I don't believe that J-Zone is a failure at all. Maybe, just maybe, in the grander scheme, rap was the lesson, the 10,000+ hours (the Gladwell Tipping Point) that lead J-Zone to his real destiny, authorship.
Either way, I enjoyed this back to the 80's, then 90's, and then back to the future, rap journey. I also enjoyed, J-Zone's humorous and often crass take on the business of music, Snooki and Reality TV, women, girly men, women, getting old, social networking, women, dating, and did I mention, women? Yeah, the female content, dang. *Side-eye note to my homegirls: I don't agree with the way women are depicted in J-Zone's world but I'm going to look passed the caveman superficiality and the name calling because the book is filled with insightful gems that we can ALL learn from. I'd rather spend time with an honest narrator who has a few flaws than a seemingly honest narrator that feeds me what he thinks I want to hear.