Author : Jensen Karp
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Publisher : Crown
ISBN : 9780451498878
Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
File Download : 336 page

"The comedian, writer and co-owner of Gallery 1988 traces his heyday experiences as rapper "Hot Karl," describing the childhood experiences that shaped his early creative life, his relationship with rap partner Rickye and his recordings with such famous artists as Kanye West and will.i.am.,"--NoveList.

Author : Jensen Karp
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Publisher : Crown
ISBN : 9780553448160
Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
File Download : 336 page

In this “triumphantly funny” (AV Club) memoir, comedian Jensen Karp tells the story of how, as a Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs, he became a rap battle legend—and then almost became a star. “The funniest person I follow on Twitter finally got smart and wrote about his unlikely—and hilarious—odyssey as teenage rapper Hot Karl.”—Kevin Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Tough Sh*t When twelve-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend’s bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a journey that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only nineteen. Now, in Kanye West Owes Me $300, Karp finally tells the true story of his wild ride as “Hot Karl,” the most famous white rapper you’ve never heard of. On his way to (almost) celebrity, Jensen shares his childhood run-ins with rock-listening, Southern California classmates, who tell him that “rap is for black people,” and then recounts his record-breaking rap battling streak on popular radio contest “The Roll Call”—a run that caught the eye of a music industry hungry for new rap voices in the early ’00s. He also introduces his rap partner, Rickye, who constitutes the second half of their group XTra Large; his supportive mom, who performs with him onstage; and the soon-to-be-household-name artists he records with, including Kanye West, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, and will.i.am. Finally, he reveals why his album never saw the light of day (two words: Slim Shady), the downward spiral he suffered after, and what he found instead of rap glory. Full of rollicking stories from his close brush with fame, Karp’s hilarious memoir is the ultimate fish-out-of-water story about a guy who follows an unlikely passion—trying to crack the rap game—despite what everyone else says. It’s 30 Rock for the rap set; 8 Mile for the suburbs; and quite the journey for a white kid from the valley.

Author : Donda West
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
ISBN : 9781416556640
Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
File Download : 240 page

As the mother of hip-hop superstar Kanye West, Donda West has watched her son grow from a brilliant baby boy with all the intimations of fame and fortune to one of the hottest rappers on the music scene. And she has every right to be proud: she raised her son with strong moral values, teaching him right from wrong and helping him become the man he is today. In Raising Kanye, Donda not only pays homage to her famous son but reflects on all the things she learned about being his mother along the way. Featuring never-before-seen photos and compelling personal anecdotes, Donda's powerful and inspiring memoir reveals everything from the difficulties she faced as a single mother in the African-American community to her later experiences as Kanye's manager as he rose to superstardom. Speaking frankly about her son's reputation as a "Mama's Boy," and his memorable public outbursts about gay rights and President George W. Bush, Donda supports her son without exception, and here she shares the invaluable wisdom she has taken away from each experience -- passion, tolerance, patience, and above all, always telling the truth. Ultimately, she not only expresses what her famously talented son has meant to her but what he has meant to music and an entire generation.

Author : Donda West
Genre :
Publisher : Wayman Dean Press
ISBN : 0996883207
Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
File Download : 175 page

The definitive works of the professor and scholar, Donda West, are included in Donda's Rules. Chapters include her systems theory on composition and rhetoric, a resolution on ebonics, a community-based economic development plan, and her studies on Alexander Pushkin. West implemented a system of teaching composition, created a philosophy as a theoretical base for teaching, and she presents research theories on writing. The book highlights her scholarly genius, besides being the mother of Kanye West.

Author : Larry Elder
Genre : Political Science
Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN : 9781429978767
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File Download : 368 page

Larry Elder and his straight talk are "controversial"*, "provocative"**, "iconoclastic"***, "refreshing". **** IS LIFE UNFAIR FOR BLACK AMERICANS? In What's Race Got to Do with It?, bestselling author Larry Elder takes on the touchiest topic in American life: Race. Some Americans think race is the biggest issue this country faces today. Elder says: What?!? What about the economy, what about war, what about the security of our borders and our citizens? IS A HUGE GROUP OF CITIZENS BEING KEPT DOWN BY "THE MAN"? Elder calls for an end to bitching, moaning and whining and the belief that somebody owes you a job, that self-esteem is given out for passing "go", that a black person in a position of authority is always a good thing, whether or not they have credentials and experience. He skewers the loudmouths—and the "mainscream" media—who point to racism as the root of all problems. Elder explains why Hillary Clinton doesn't get it, but Barack Obama does—at least most of the time. But What's Race Got to Do with It? has a positive message, too: there are leaders and role models today who want to urge everyone to share in the hard work, smart thinking and optimism that make America great and strong. *Publishers Weekly **Kirkus Reviews ***Los Angeles Times ****Publishers Weekly

Author : Jeff Burlingame
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
Publisher : Enslow Publishing, LLC
ISBN : 9781464603273
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File Download : 48 page

Singer, songwriter, Grammy winner. Although it may seem like Taylor Swift became a superstar overnight, she really started singing and writing songs when she was eleven. She kept doing what she thought was right until her big break, and she's now a household name. This fun-to-read book offers reluctant readers juicy quotes, personal stories, and accessible features such as a timeline and glossary.

Author : Byron Crawford
Genre : Music
Publisher : CreateSpace
ISBN : 1500586188
Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
File Download : 172 page

A dark, twisted journey inside the mind of one of America's most outspoken celebrities Kanye West is the self-proclaimed Steve Jobs of the Internet, downtown, fashion and culture. He doesn't just produce critically acclaimed rap albums, he has ideas for water bottle design and architecture. He tried to design a leather jogging pant, but European fashion designers won't allow him to be great, because he doesn't have the necessary connections. Kanye West Superstar is the story of how Kanye West became such an important person to himself and also to America. Discussed in Kanye West Superstar: Ghostwriting allegations: Kanye West once won a Grammy for "Jesus Walks," a song written by Rhymefest. The author tried to have him disqualified on the grounds that rappers who use ghostwriters shouldn't be allowed to win a Grammy. Fatherlessness and black masculinity: Rap music, once easily the straightest genre of music, is becoming increasingly gay. Why is that? Could fatherlessness in the black community be related? Kanye's obsession with pr0nography: Kanye West travels with a suitcase filled with interracial pr0n that he once left on the set of a photo shoot. His mom caught him with pr0n on multiple occasions as a child, and now he's married to Kim Kardashian. His life is essentially a series of pr0n-related events. Kanye's beefs with two U.S. presidents: At a telethon to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, Kanye famously declared that George Bush doesn't care about black people. President Bush declared it the worst moment of his presidency, and later Barack Obama -- the first black president -- also bashed Kanye. Interracial relationships: Kanye West was once engaged to marry a black woman. He's since been involved in high profile relationships with two white women. He's also come under fire for controversial statements about race-mixing and the girls he casts in his videos. Rap video vixens: Speaking of Kanye's videos, he's known for casting some of the most powerfully built women in the history of music videos -- which is quite a history. Where does he find these women, and what does he do with them? Kanye's long-simmering beef with Jay-Z: Did Kanye purposely try to sabotage one of Jay-Z's albums? What does Beyoncé really think of Kim Kardashian? The Taylor Swift incident: Will the white community ever forgive Kanye for snatching the microphone from Taylor Swift's hand, as she was accepting an award, to declare that Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time, of ALL TIME? Kim Kardashian's film career: Kim Kardashian, before she was Kanye West's baby's mother, once acted in a film. Ray J wrote a song about it. This is discussed here in more detail than you require. Culture vultures: Kanye West has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for the entertainment industry. Why won't they let him design a leather jogging pant?

Author : Nick Offerman
Genre : Humor
Publisher : Penguin
ISBN : 9780698138322
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File Download : 352 page

Parks and Recreation actor and Making It co-host Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in this New York Times bestseller. Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking—he runs his own woodshop—Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman’s childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois—“I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield”—to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally. It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees. A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes.

Author : Grant McCracken
Genre : History
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
ISBN : 9781982154660
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File Download : 208 page

Cultural anthropologist and thought leader Grant McCracken proposes a radical solution for our time of unprecedented scandal: a return to honor. What used to be shocking has somehow become the new normal in our politics, workplaces, and universities. Sexual predators stalk interns at work and teenagers abroad. Parents try to buy a place for their kids in college. Pharmaceutical companies refuse to acknowledge the Opioid epidemic they helped create. Banks issue credit cards no one ordered, ruining the credit scores and reputations of thousands. It happens so frequently that we can no longer dismiss these cases as a few bad apples. Clearly, something in the system is rotten. Most Americans are committed to morality. We share basic standards of decency. And yet, we’re becoming inured to scandal and shame, and hopeless about the possibility of change. What if we decided to fight it instead? Grant McCracken has a solution—the revival of an ancient idea called honor. Once the moral compass of millions of people for hundreds of years, it has since fallen out of currency just when we need it the most. Grant looks at honor and dishonor as these are expressed in popular culture and at institutions as diverse as Harvard, PBS, and Wells Fargo. He offers practical guidelines for both organizations and individuals looking to restore moral order to their lives.

Author : Sekou Cooke
Genre : Architecture
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN : 9781350116177
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File Download : 288 page

“This book is not for you. It is not for architectural academic elites. It is not for those who have gentrified our neighborhoods, overly intellectualized the profession, and ignored all contemporary Black theory within the discipline. You have made architecture a symbol of exclusion, oppression, and domination rather than expression, aspiration, and inspiration. This book is not for conformists-Black, White, or other.” As architecture grapples with its own racist legacy, Hip-Hop Architecture outlines a powerful new manifesto-the voice of the underrepresented, marginalized, and voiceless within the discipline. Exploring the production of spaces, buildings, and urban environments that embody the creative energies in hip-hop, it is a newly expanding design philosophy which sees architecture as a distinct part of hip-hop's cultural expression, and which uses hip-hop as a lens through which to provoke new architectural ideas. Examining the present and the future of Hip-Hop Architecture, the book also explores its historical antecedents and its theory, placing it in a wider context both within architecture and within Black and African American movements. Throughout, the work is illustrated with inspirational case studies of architectural projects and creative practices, and interspersed with interludes and interviews with key architects, designers, and academics in the field. This is a vital and provocative work that will appeal to architects, designers, students, theorists, and anyone interested in a fresh view of architecture, design, race and culture. Includes Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson.