The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir by James Prince
by James Prince
The successful Hip Hop mogul, boxing manager, and entrepreneur who has had a lasting impact on modern popular music reveals the foundation of his success — respect — and explains how to get it and how to give it.
“I was taught that you must believe in something bigger than yourself in order to get something bigger than yourself.”
For decades, serial entrepreneur James Prince presided over Rap-A-Lot Records, one of the first and most successful independent rap labels. In this powerful memoir, told with the brutal, unapologetic honesty that defines him, Prince explains how he earned his reputation as one of the most respected men in Hip Hop and assesses his wins, his losses, and everything he’s learned in between.
Throughout his life, Prince has faced many adversaries. Whether battling the systemic cycle of poverty that shaped his youth, rival record label executives, greedy boxing promoters, or corrupt DEA agents, he has always emerged victorious. For Prince, it was about remaining true to his three principles of heart, loyalty, and commitment, and an unwavering faith in God.
The Art & Science of Respect brings into focus a man who grew up in a place where survival is everything and hope just a concept; who outlived most of his childhood friends by age twenty-four; who raised seven children; who helped develop international superstars like Drake and world champion boxers like Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward; who rose to the heights of a cutthroat business that has consumed the souls of ambitious hustlers and talented artists alike.
Throughout this raw memoir, Prince’s love of family, music, boxing, and Houston’s Fifth Ward — “Texas’ toughest, proudest, baddest ghetto” (Texas Monthly) — shines through. Yet one major lesson looms over all: Respect isn’t given, it’s earned. In recounting his compelling life story, Prince analyzes the art and science of earning respect — and giving respect — and shows how to apply these principles to your life.