Pimp by Iceberg Slim
Before Hip Hop, there was the pimp. The book that brought black
literature to the streets is back to show the Hip Hop generation what
it’s all about, where they came from. By telling the story of one man’s
struggles and triumphs in an underground world, this book shows the game
doesn’t change - it just has a different swagger. Iceberg Slim's story
is now depicted in a major motion picture distributed worldwide. Iceberg
Slim: Portrait of a Pimp shows Slim's transformation from pimp to the
author of 7 classic books.
As real as you can get without jumping in, this is the story of Slim’s life as he saw, felt, tasted, and smelled it. Only he could tell this story and make the reader feel it. If you thought Hustle & Flow was the true pimp story, this book is where it all began. This is the heyday of the pimp, the hard-won pride and glory, small though it may be; the beginnings of pimp before it was dragged in front of the camera, before pimp juice and pimp style. A trip through hell by one man who lived to tell the tale. The dangers of jail, addiction and death that are still all too familiar for today’s black community. Though it is a tale of his times, it will remain current and true for as long as there is a race bias, as long as there is a street life, as long as there is exploitation.