REAL RAP: ANPU!
HICKSON: PEACE & GHETTOHEAT®, EVERYONE, & AGAIN, WELCOME TO MY GROUP! I APPRECIATE YOU ALL JOININ’, & I'M GLAD TO HAVE YOU ALL HERE! FOLKS, TONIGHT WILL BE A SPECIAL TREAT, AS IT’LL BE THE FIRST LIVE CHAT I'M ACTUALLY DOIN’ IN THIS GROUP, & ON FACEBOOK, EVER! TONIGHT, I’LL BE CHATTIN’ WIT’ NEW GHETTOHEAT® ARTIST, ANPU, WHOM I'VE NEVER MET IN PERSON YET, BUT HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW HIM THROUGH LETTERS, EMAILS & PHONE CONVERSATIONS! WE'LL DISCUSS ALL THE DETAILS ONCE WE BEGIN, YET, I'M EXCITED TO INTERVIEW HIM FOR THE FIRST TIME, & I'M SURE HE'LL DELIVER GREAT CHAT! SO, THIS IS HOW IT'LL GO TONIGHT, WORLDWIDE, I'LL BE SPENDIN’ MOST OF THE TIME CHATTIN’ WIT’ ANPU, THEN I'LL ALLOW YOU TO ASK ANY & ALL QUESTIONS AFTERWARDS! YET, IF THERE'S SOMETHIN’ THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED ON THE SPOT, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN! THERE ARE REALLY NO RULES IN THIS GROUP, & I WANT IT TO BE INFORMAL & LAID BACK AS POSSIBLE! I JUST ASK THAT YOU LET ME INTERVIEW HIM! LOL! SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I'M GOIN’ TO CALL OUT FOR ANPU FOR REAL RAP! ANPU, ARE YOU READY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN? *FIVE MINUTES LAPSES…*
HICKSON: ONE-TWO, ONE-TWO: ANPU, WHERE ARE YOU? *FIVE MINUTES LAPSES/HICKSON TEXTS ANPU ON FACEBOOK MESSENGER…*
HICKSON: ANPU, CAN YOU PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THIS PLACE WITHIN THE GROUP, THANKS...*FIVE MINUTES LAPSES/ANPU DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO ENTER CHAT ROOM/HICKSON IS VEXED…*
HICKSON: EVERYONE, THIS IS WHERE WE ARE HAVIN’ REAL RAP WIT’ ANPU! PLEASE READ ABOVE BEFORE RESPONDIN’, THANKS! *FIVE MINUTES LAPSES/HICKSON PHONES ANPU/ANPU INDICATES HE’S LOST ON FACEBOOK/HICKSON YELLS AT ANPU…*
HICKSON: EVERYONE, SORRY FOR THE DELAY, ANPU IS STILL LEARNIN’ FACEBOOK...GIVE HIM A FEW MOMENTS TO MAKE HIS WAY HERE! THANKS! *FIVE MINUTES LAPSES/ANPU PHONES HICKSON/HICKSON YELLS AT ANPU FOR LATENESS & FOR NOT FOLLOWIN’ INSTRUCTIONS/HICKSON THREATENS TO CANCEL INTERVIEW WIT’ ANPU…*
HICKSON: ONCE AGAIN, ANPU, THIS IS WHERE WE ARE, NO OTHER PLACE BUT HERE... *FIVE MINUTES LAPSES/HICKSON IS LIVID/ANPU POSTS ON TIMELINE INSTEAD OF IN GROUP…*
HICKSON: EVERYONE, RULE #1 AT GHETTOHEAT®: TIME IS MONEY & MONEY IS TIME, SO IF YOU'RE ARRIVIN’ ON TIME: YOU'RE ALREADY LATE! *FIVE MINUTES LAPSES…*
HICKSON: ANPU: TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK.… *10 MINUTES LAPSES/HICKSON IS ANNOYED…*
ANPU: Sorry for the delay. Glad to be here with you all this evening. How are you all on this lovely evening?
HICKSON: ANPU, NO.… THERE'S NO EXCUSE, I'M NOT EVEN GOIN’ TO BE NICE ‘BOUT IT! YOU, OUT OF ALL PEOPLE KNOW THAT LATENESS IS NOT COOL! YOU'RE BASICALLY 45 MINUTES LATE: RULE #1 AT GHETTOHEAT®, TIME IS MONEY & MONEY IS TIME! WHY ARE YOU LATE FOR YOUR OWN INTERVIEW: YOUR FIRST INTERVIEW WIT’ ME? TELL THE PEOPLE WHY YOU'RE LATE...
ANPU: There are no excuses for being late. HICKSON runs a tight ship here at GHETTOHEAT®.
HICKSON: ANPU, THAT IS TRUE, NO DOUBT ‘BOUT THAT, BUT YOU'VE YET TO ANSWER THE QUESTION: WHY ARE YOU LATE, 45 MINUTES LATE FOR YOUR OWN INTERVIEW WIT’ ME, CEO OF GHETTOHEAT®? KEEP IT REAL, TELL THE PEOPLE SO THEY CAN UNDERSTAND: YOU'RE ON THEIR TIME…. EVERYONE, WELCOME TO GHETTOHEAT®, I AM HICKSON! IF YOU'VE NEVER GOTTEN THE GHETTOHEAT® EXPERIENCE, YOU’RE REALLY ‘BOUT TO NOW.... …ANPU, WHY IS IT TAKIN’ YOU SO LONG TO TELL THE PEOPLE WHY YOU'RE 45 MINUTES LATE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW? IT'S BAD ENOUGH THAT YOU'RE BEYOND LATE HERE, WHY ARE YOU NOW TAKIN’ SO LONG TO ANSWER A SIMPLE QUESTION? WHAT’S THE DELAY? BECAUSE YOU'RE NOW IN THE GROUP, SO WHAT GIVES?
ANPU: HICKSON is the heart and brain of GHETTOHEAT®. Speaking for myself, I knew nothing of this business, or what it took to be a writer. I am being groomed in even the basic matters. I have hindered my own progress.
HICKSON: ANPU: YES, THAT IS CORRECT, BUT AGAIN, YOU'RE NOT ANSWERIN’ SPECIFIC QUESTIONS, & WE GO THROUGH THIS, SO MANY TIMES HERE BEHIND THE SCENES, WHY? I DON'T KNOW! ANPU, A SIMPLE QUESTION: WHY ARE YOU 45 MINUTES LATE TO YOUR OWN INTERVIEW WIT’ ME? …FOLKS, I'M ACTUALLY GLAD WE'RE DOIN’ THIS LIVE & YOU'RE WITNESSIN’ THIS, AS IT'S HARD FOR PEOPLE TO REALLY GRASP WHAT I GO THROUGH HERE AT GHETTOHEAT®, YET, I'M ALWAYS “THE VILLAIN”! LOL! INCREDIBLE! ANPU, WHAT'S THE DEAL?
ANPU: I don't have a firm grasp on the use of social media. I don't like or trust technology. This is more than I bargained for. Only the efforts of HICKSON keep me here.
HICKSON: ANPU, THAT'S ALL I NEEDED YOU TO SAY, SO THE FOLKS CAN UNDERSTAND, WHY THIS IS HAPPENIN’! SO NOW, WE WILL HAVE REAL RAP! HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, ANPU?
ANPU: No, you’re not a villain, but you can be a tyrant.
HICKSON: YES…BUT ONCE AGAIN, ANPU: IT'S CALLED “CAUSE & EFFECT”…& I'M NOT A TYRANT, JUST FOR THE SAKE OF BEIN’ ONE! IT HAPPENS FOR A REASON, & YOU BEING 45 MINUTES LATE FOR YOUR OWN INTERVIEW, YOUR FIRST WIT’ ME, IS A GREAT REASON TO BE A TYRANT! YOU'RE ON OTHER FOLKS' TIME WHO CAME HERE TO LEARN ‘BOUT YOU, BECAUSE, REAL RAP: NO ONE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE, & YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK COMIN’ OUT! CORRECT?
ANPU: This is our voice. GHETTOHEAT® represents all of us. It really is the pulse of the street. Correct.
HICKSON: *SIGHS* …ANPU, I'M GOIN’ TO TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, BUT PLEASE STOP WIT’ THIS DIPLOMATIC WAY OF ANSWERIN’, BECAUSE THIS ISGHETTOHEAT®, & THIS PLATFORM YOU'RE ON TONIGHT IS CALLED “REAL RAP” FOR A REAL REASON! SO LET'S GO, & KEEP IT REAL, BECAUSE, ANPU, YOU KNOW THAT'S ALL I AM, EVERY DAY, ALL DAY! LET'S GO! …ANPU, HOW ARE YOU DOIN’ TONIGHT?
ANPU: I feel really good.
HICKSON: WONDERFUL! ANPU, I'M GOIN’ TO NEED YOU TO ANSWER QUICKER THAN YOU ARE! I KNOW YOU'RE STILL LEARNIN’ FACEBOOK, BUT YOU'VE BEEN ON HERE LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW THE BASICS! SO LET'S START WIT’ YOUR NAME: WHAT DOES “ANPU” MEAN?
ANPU: Sorry, phone connection not that fast.
HICKSON: UNDERSTANDABLE! I WILL TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION! YET, WHAT IS THE MEANIN’ OF YOUR NAME, ANPU?
ANPU: Anpu is another name for Anubis. This Egyptian god was responsible for judgment of the departed.
HICKSON: WELL, ANPU, I KNOW THAT, BUT CAN YOU ELABORATE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T? THANKS.… AGAIN, EVERYONE, I APOLOGIZE FOR THE DELAY! ANPU & I WILL FULLY DISCUSS WHY THE DELAY HAPPENED IN A FEW MOMENTS!
THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT—TRACEY: Anpu, do you want to call me so I can answer and type for you as you speak? #TeamGhettoHeatMovement
ANPU: The heart of the person in Egyptian theology was weighed against the feather of Ma'at. If the feather was heavier, the individual was devoured by a beast with the head of a crocodile and body of a lion. Tracey, I wish I could call. HICKSON runs a tight camp here at GHETTOHEAT®. We have to carry our own weight.
HICKSON: ANPU, THANKS, FOR YOUR ANSWER! I'M GOIN’ TO HAVE TO CUT TO THE CHASE FOR TIME SAKE, AS MUCH TIME WAS LOST! WHO'S ANPU? TELL THE PEOPLE WHO YOU ARE SO THEY CAN FEEL YOUR ENERGY!
ANPU: I am a servant of The Most High GOD, and a student of life.
HICKSON: YES, ANPU, THAT IS TRUE, SO AM I! BUT CAN YOU GIVE GREATER DETAIL, & REMEMBER THE CLOCK IS TICKIN’ TOWARD “SCANDAL”! THANKS.…
ANPU: I'm part spiritual being, and part man, flesh and blood. I have desires and needs, and THICKNESS helps to satisfy both.
HICKSON: OKAY, NOW WE’RE GETTING’ SOMEWHERE! ANPU, LET'S TALK ABOUT THICKNESS, YOUR UPCOMIN’ DEBUT NOVEL! TELL THE PEOPLE ‘BOUT YOUR BOOK! BE SPECIFIC! THANKS!
ANPU: I am a Scorpio who recognizes the worth of unifying men and women.
HICKSON: IN WHAT WAY, ANPU? ARE YOU A MATCHMAKER? CUPID? WHAT? LOL!
ANPU: THICKNESS demonstrates what could be if men and women were honest and considerate about their feelings. Men want to be with two women, but are afraid to share their woman with another man.
HICKSON: IN YOUR BOOK, THICKNESS, YOU'RE PROPOSING THE REDEFININ’ OF RELATIONSHIPS?
ANPU: No, not a matchmaker. I just think we should choose our love interest using more than just our eyes. I'm proposing that we actually be fair. Don't cheat unless you want to be cheated on. If you have fantasies, trust your lover enough to tell them. You never know unless you ask.
HICKSON: I AGREE! SO WHAT MADE YOU ACTUALLY WRITE THICKNESS?
ANPU: I did things the way that men have done for so long. I thought I was a player. What I was, was a liar.
HICKSON: EVERYONE, IF YOU'RE JUST ENTERIN’ THE GROUP, I'M INTERVIEWIN’ ANPU, AUTHOR OF UPCOMIN’ EVOLUTIONARY EROTIC NOVEL, THICKNESS! IT’S AN URBAN ROMANCE TALE WHICH I'M TRYIN’ TO GET ANPU TO DISCUSS MORE IN DEPTH ‘BOUT IT QUICKLY, DUE TO HIM ENTERIN’ THE GROUP 45 MINUTES LATE TO HIS OWN INTERVIEW! LOL! READ THE TRANSCRIPT! THANKS, FOLKS! SO, ANPU, IN THICKNESS, YOU'RE PROPOSIN’ THAT FOLKS SHOULD HAVE PARTNERS OUTSIDE OF THEIR UNION & IT SHOULD BE OKAY? DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT MANY ARE DOWN WIT’ THIS CONCEPT? ESPECIALLY WOMEN? WOMEN ARE TO BE OKAY WIT’ THE FACT THAT THEIR MEN ARE COURTIN’ & SLEEPIN’ WIT’ ANOTHER, & GRANTIN’ APPROVAL OF THIS?
ANPU: Yes, slightly. More than anything, THICKNESS exposes the double standard that women have endured for so long.
THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT—TRACEY: Can I ask a question since there are delayed responses?
HICKSON: YES, BE MY GUEST! ASK ANPU WHATEVER YOU LIKE!
THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT—TRACEY: The book deals with relationships...you said people should be more open of their desires, does that mean the book delves into “the lifestyle”?
HICKSON: ANPU, PERHAPS NOW IS THE TIME TO DISCUSS WHO THE MAIN CHARACTERS ARE TO GIVE TRACEY & OTHERS BETTER INSIGHT, WHILE STILL ANSWERIN’ HER QUESTION! I NEED YOU TO ELABORATE MORE ON YOUR ANSWERS SO MANY CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE BOOK IS BASED ON IN DETAIL! THANKS!
ANPU: Knowledge and Angel meet in an unlikely place to start a love affair: the strip club. Together they try an honest and openly considerate manner of loving one another. In essence, they were better able to give one hundred percent to one another
THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT—TRACEY: Tell me that they are part of “the lifestyle”, meaning they agree to go to a set meeting place, pay an entrance fee or membership due, and do it to whoever, however, and I will buy your book.
HICKSON: ANPU, I AGREE WIT’ THE CONCEPT OF BOTH BEIN’ HONEST WIT’ EACH OTHER, YET, I ALSO FEEL THAT A COUPLE CAN SATISFY EACH OTHER COMPLETELY! WHY THE NEED FOR OUTSIDE PARTNERS WITHIN THE BOOK? EXPLAIN WHY WITHOUT GIVING TOO MUCH OF THE STORYLINE! …TRACEY, LOL! THAT WAS FUNNY! I ACTUALLY READ ANPU’S MANUSCRIPT IN THREE HOURS, SITTIN’ ON A TOILET, & ACTUALLY FORGOT I WAS ON IT.… THAT'S HOW GREAT THE BOOK, THICKNESS IS! YET, ANPU IS BEIN’ WAY TOO MODEST ‘BOUT A PROJECT HE KNOWS THAT HE MUST SELL HIMSELF TO THE PUBLIC, IN ORDER TO GAIN AN INTEREST IN HIS BOOK.…
ANPU: The nature of mankind is greed. Husbands cheat on good wives and vice-versa. THICKNESS isn't an invitation to open relationships: it just gives you the option. It can add spice to a relationship that may be going stale. If it isn't broke don't fix it, but before you cheat, talk to your lover.
HICKSON: OKAY, COOL! YET, DON'T YOU THINK THE IDEA OF OFFERIN’ YOUR MATE TO ANOTHER WILL CAUSE GREAT CONTROVERSY & GRIEF TO MANY? DO YOU THINK THAT A MAN REALLY WOULD CONDONE TO HIS WOMAN, SLEEPIN’ WIT’ ANOTHER MAN?
ANPU: THICKNESS covers the ground of subjects we seem afraid to deal with. Men and women need to take the time to get to know one another before developing unrealistic expectations.
ANPU: If a man wants to truly receive the best from his woman, he must be willing to give the same. Most men are too insecure to even think this way. I love my woman with every fiber of my being. If a better man exists for her than me, I want her to have him.
HICKSON: SO PERSONALLY, YOU WOULD BE OKAY WIT’ YOUR MATE SLEEPIN’ WIT’ ANOTHER WIT’ NO PROBLEM, THAT’S WHAT YOU'RE SAYIN’ OVERALL….ANPU, CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THE WRITIN’ PROCESS! WHERE DID YOU WRITE THICKNESS & WHY? PLEASE ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS THOROUGHLY! THANKS.…
ANPU: I wrote THICKNESS in federal prison while serving a fifteen-year sentence. I wrote it because I realized how my selfish and possessive way of loving had destroyed my family. I cheated on my woman and she knew. That didn’t inspire loyalty for those years that I had to be away. What I am saying is that, before I cheat and begin the constant games of betrayal, I would make sure that I could take what I dished out. If I cheat I must be able to forgive being cheated on.
HICKSON: I SEE...SO HOW WAS THE WRITIN’ PROCESS FOR YOU IN PRISON, ANPU? WERE YOU ABLE TO FULLY FOCUS ON YOUR BOOK BEHIND BARS?
ANPU: Not always. Sometimes inside it's hard to focus. Not to mention the absence of women makes that environment unhealthy psychologically.
HICKSON: ANPU, I COMMEND YOU ON THAT PRIOR STATEMENT! IT TAKES A BIG MAN TO INDICATE WHAT YOU JUST DID, BECAUSE I KNOW FOR A FACT, MANY WOULD NOT AGREE TO THIS & WOULD CHEAT ON THEIR MATES & NOT SAY A WORD, & CONTINUE WIT’ NOT BEIN’ FAIR & SLEEP AROUND—AS WELL AS NOT FAVOR HAVIN’ THEIR MATE DO THE SAME THING TO THEM! A DOUBLE STANDARD? ANPU, IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT WILL PEOPLE GAIN FROM READIN’ THICKNESS?
ANPU: Reality sometimes is hard to swallow, but those of us who can, have an advantage. Lies stockpile and become burdens. If I want my love to grow and last: I must nurture it with truth. Trust is earned, how else but with sincerity.
HICKSON: TRUE! ANPU, WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE FOR YOU IN FEDERAL PRISON? AGAIN, PLEASE BE SPECIFIC & TELL THE AUDIENCE WHAT YOUR EXPERIENCE WAS FOR 15 YEARS.…
ANPU: I saw thousands of men who had lost their way. We no longer were fathers and husbands. I saw a system that destroys families. We don't understand the laws of the country that we live in, nor the politics that govern us. We lack skills to advance as a unit. We lack respect for ourselves, and our women.
HICKSON: ANPU, WHY EXACTLY DO YOU FEEL MEN LOSE THEIR WAY IN PRISON? I HAVE MY OWN FEELINGS BEHIND THIS: WHAT ARE YOURS? TELL THE PEOPLE ALSO WHY YOU WERE IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR 15 YEARS!
ANPU: Most men don't know what true manhood means. We come from broken homes where fathers aren't present. I was convicted of bank robbery. I thought being violent made me a man. A man is more than that.
HICKSON: YES, THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE FROM BEIN’ A MAN & BEIN’ A MALE! MANY ARE MALE OPPOSE TO BEIN’ MEN! YET, I KNOW MANY WHO COME FROM SINGLE-MOTHER HOUSEHOLDS WHO STAYED ON A STRAIGHT & NARROW PATH! SO, I CAN ONLY SAY THAT EACH SITUATION IS DIFFERENT! YET, IN YOUR CASE, WHY DID YOU ROB A BANK & WHAT POSSESSED YOU TO THINK THAT ONE, IT WAS OKAY, & TWO, THAT YOU'D GET AWAY WIT’ THE CRIME, ANPU?
ANPU: We get away with so much that we only become bolder. I was raised in a place and a culture that uplifts violence. Patience is something few young people have. I didn't want to wait my turn.
HICKSON: SO YOU ROBBED A BANK BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T WANT TO WORK HARD & EARN A LIVIN’? YOU ROBBED A BANK THINKIN’ YOU'D GET A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY QUICKLY & LIVE ON EASY STREET?
ANPU: No. I considered myself a rebel. I thought I was taking what had been stolen from my ancestors. What I didn't overstand is that GOD has blessed America. It's not for me to undo HIS work.
HICKSON: …SO, ANPU, YOU’RE FROM KINGSTON, JAMAICA, YOU'RE A TRUE ISLAND BOY! HOW WAS LIFE GROWIN’ UP IN JAMAICA? EXPLAIN LIFE AS A CHILD UNTIL YOUR TEENS!
ANPU: Life on the island is amazing. Until you realize how poor you are, it’s tons of fun. It's a dangerous place, and life is not as valued sometimes.
HICKSON: …SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT, YOU WERE PLAYIN’ ROBIN HOOD, ANPU? YOU WERE ROBBIN’ THE SYSTEM TO GIVE BACK TO YOURSELF & THE POOR?
ANPU: Jamaica was being torn between the Cuban regime and the American government. Paradise was turned into a war zone.
HICKSON: SO, YOU WERE REALLY POOR LIVIN’ IN JAMAICA? ANPU, MY QUESTIONS ARE NEVER TO RIDICULE—THEY’RE FOR ALL TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDIN’! & AGAIN, I NEED FOLKS TO KNOW MORE OF YOU & FEEL YOUR ENERGY, SO THEY CAN UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WERE CHOSEN TO BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT! BECAUSE MANY CONTACT ME, YET FEW ARE CHOSEN, SO PLEASE, NO MORE DIPLOMATIC ANSWERS & ME HAVIN’ TO PULL TEETH! THIS IS THE REAL DEAL: THIS IS GHETTOHEAT®! SO BRING IT!
ANPU: Yes. That's basically it. I'm not ashamed of my upbringing. My mother and grandmother were born in the same house. There is no welfare in Jamaica, no child support. You see the beaches on television, but the people of the country aren't allowed at those places. Those places are for the tourism.
HICKSON: ANPU, WHY IS THAT? WHY ARE THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE OCEANS & PINK SAND BEACHES ONLY FOR TOURISTS & NOT FOR THE NATIVES? EVERYONE, I KNOW YOU'RE MINUTES AWAY FROM “SCANDAL”, YET, I WILL PIECE THIS INTERVIEW UP FOR ALL OF YOU TO READ LATER, SO NO WORRIES! AGAIN, I THANK YOU FOR STOPPIN’ BY, AS WELL AS APOLOGIZE FOR ANPU’S DELAY!
ANPU: The same reason that the World Bank only gives money to the countries that allow the bank to structure their economic platforms. I was a young man at the beginning of overstanding. I needed to learn how to trust GOD more.
HICKSON: SO, ANPU, EXPLAIN THAT ORDEAL, YOU ATTEMPTIN’ TO ROB A BANK! PLAY-BY-PLAY, BREAK IT ALL DOWN: FROM THE TIME OF PLOTTIN’, TO THE OUTCOME OF YOU GETTING’ CAUGHT! WHO WAS INVOLVED? WHO WAS THE MASTERMIND? ALSO, ELABORATE MORE ON WHAT YOU JUST SAID ‘BOUT THE CUBAN REGIME & THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT! WHERE DID THIS CRIME ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE, ANPU?
ANPU: I got caught in Oklahoma, a place I should never have been. A citizen and his cellphone brought me down. He followed me out of the bank and made sure the police identified my vehicle. I don't allow anyone else to plan for me.
HICKSON: SO, WAS THIS A RANDOM CRIME DONE ON THE SPOT? OR WAS THIS PLANNED OUT?
ANPU: Random. Some things I can't say. I was angry at everyone but myself.
HICKSON: FAIR ENOUGH! SO, AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, DID THE TELLERS ACTUALLY HAND MONEY OVER TO YOU BEFORE THE CITIZEN ON THE CELL PHONE RATTED ON YOU, ANPU?
ANPU: I had the money when I left the bank. I don't blame the man. We live by different sets of rules. If you are a law-abiding citizen, you aren't a rat for calling the police. It's the dudes in the street who have decided to live lawlessly who should keep their mouths shut.
HICKSON: I AGREE: THAT'S WHY I PHRASED IT THAT WAY, ANPU, BECAUSE THE MAN WAS MAKING A CITIZEN'S ARREST & WASN'T ACTUALLY SNITCHIN’! HOW MUCH MONEY WAS HANDED TO YOU AT THE TIME? DO YOU KNOW? OR DID THE ARREST HAPPEN TOO QUICKLY TO EVEN KNOW?
ANPU: I don't know what was in the bag. The entire operation felt wrong. I had a feeling something major would go wrong.
THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT—TRACEY: Didn't your court papers indicate what was in “the bag”?
ANPU: The court papers said it was about seven thousand dollars, not very much.
HICKSON: SEVEN GRAND? WOW.... WELL, WHILE INCARCERATED, DID YOU FULLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FACILITIES EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS?
ANPU: I took every educational course that I could. Prison taught me what I didn't want to be.
HICKSON: …ANPU, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I REALLY ENJOYED READIN’ YOUR BOOK, THICKNESS! WHEN YOU FIRST WROTE ME FROM FEDERAL PRISON & SENT 3 CHAPTERS OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT IN 2010, IT WAS BURIED WITHIN A PILE OF MANY IN A BOX! YET, I HAD MANUSCRIPTS FROM 2008 THAT NEEDED TO BE REVIEWED BEFORE YOURS, WHICH WAS CREATIN’ A DELAY TO GET TO YOUR SAMPLE! YET, YOU CONTACTED ME AGAIN & ASKED ME TO READ IT, THAT'S WHEN I PULLED IT FROM THE PILE ONE DAY & DECIDED TO TAKE A BATHROOM BREAK! I THEN SIGNED YOU FROM READIN’ THE FIRST PAGE & I REQUESTED YOU TO SEND THE MANUSCRIPT IN COMPLETE, DO YOU RECALL?
ANPU: GHETTOHEAT® is a blessing, for not only myself, but for our readership. Finding you and getting signed here was a miracle.
HICKSON: ANPU, DO YOU REALLY UNDERSTAND THE BLESSIN’? I'M BEIN’ ONE HUNDRED PERCENT REAL WIT’ YOU AT THIS VERY MOMENT, DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE BLESSIN’ YOU SPEAK OF?
ANPU: No, I don't think I fully do. If not for HICKSON I would have let my vision die.
THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT—TRACEY: GHETTOHEAT® or diplomatic propaganda? I'm lookin’ for answers more off the chest, and less correctly put.
HICKSON: EXACTLY! THAT'S WHY I TOLD HIM TO KEEP IT ONE HUNDRED PERCENT REAL, BECAUSE I AM & ALWAYS DO! HE'S ANSWERIN’ IN A POLITICALLY CORRECT WAY, YET ANPU IS VERY WELL MANNERED, SO I NEED YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT, TRACEY! YET, I KNOW HIM WELL ENOUGH ALSO TO KNOW HE'S BEIN’ DIPLOMATIC, RIGHT, ANPU?
ANPU: I do remember when HICKSON first read my manuscript.
HICKSON: OKAY, FAST FORWARDIN’ TO RIGHT BEFORE YOUR PRISON RELEASE, YOU CONTACTED ME AT GHETTOHEAT®! WHY ME? THERE ARE MANY OTHER PUBLISHERS YOU COULD'VE GONE TO? WHY ME? HOW DID YOU HEAR OF GHETTOHEAT® FROM BEHIND BARS IN FEDERAL PRISON, ANPU?
ANPU: I found a copy of CONVICT'S CANDY. I was amazed that GHETTOHEAT® would speak for those so long silent. My manuscript was perfect for a company this bold and open-minded.
HICKSON: OKAY, SO CONVICT’SC ANDY WAS CIRCULATIN’ WITHIN YOUR FACILITY, YOU SAW THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE NOVEL, & FIGURED YOUR WORK WAS RIGHT FOR GHETTOHEAT® TO PUBLISH! I GET IT...SO LETS FAST FORWARD TO THAT TIME OF YOU SENDIN’ OFF YOUR MANUSCRIPT TO ME IN 2010! YOU SENT IT TO ME AFTER RECEIVIN’ A LETTER FROM ME REQUESTIN’ THE ENTIRE BOOK, AFTER READIN’ A FEW CHAPTERS OF THE BOOK! I THEN READ THE MANUSCRIPT AS I SAID, 3 HOURS ON THE TOILET, & SIGNED YOU IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FACT! NOW YOU'RE HOME & IN BOOKCAMP AT GHETTOHEAT®! ANPU, HOW'S THAT BEEN FOR YOU? TELL THE PEOPLE WHAT YOUR EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN LIKE IN BOOKCAMP HERE, & TELL THEM HOW I HONESTLY OPERATE WIT’ YOU! BREAK IT ALL DOWN SO THEY CAN GET A BETTER VIEW, OF WHAT IT'S LIKE AS A WRITER, DEALIN’ WITH CEO OF GHETTOHEAT®....
ANPU: Not many people can handle GHETTOHEAT® BOOKCAMP, but nothing good comes easy, and HICKSON outworks anyone I've ever seen.
HICKSON: *SIGHS* ANPU, THIS IS CALLED “REAL RAP” FOR A REASON: BECAUSE WE'RE HERE TO HAVE REAL RAP! NOTHIN’ ON THE SURFACE, NO SMALL TALK, NOTHIN’ SAID IN A GENERIC MANNER! BE SPECIFIC! I WON'T HOLD IT AGAINST YOU! ANPU, TELL THE PEOPLE HOW I INTERACT WIT’ YOU, INCLUDING WHAT HAPPENED JULY 2010...PLEASE, SHARE!
ANPU: If I didn't respect HICKSON and recognize all he has done for me personally and professionally, I would have given up. HICKSON is a perfectionist and extremely hard to please. I was put on probation with the company in 2010.
HICKSON: YES, YOU WERE PUT ON PROBATION FOR ACTIN’ OUT OF ORDER WIT’ ME, WHEN IN FACT I DROPPED MANY OTHERS FROM GHETTOHEAT®! WHY EXACTLY DID I KEEP YOU & PLACE YOU ON PROBATION, ANPU? ALSO, DO YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND WHY YOU CALLED ME A TYRANT EARLIER IN THIS INTERVIEW, ANPU?
ANPU: I called you a tyrant because you don't give any quarter (mercy). I really don't understand why you kept me. No matter how well I write, you have the ability to produce great work without me.
HICKSON: ANPU, YOU HAVE A SPECIAL GIFT, ONE THAT I WON'T ALLOW YOU TO RUIN OR NOT VALUE FULLY! THIS IS WHY I STAY ON YOU.... I'M ALSO CONSIDERED A “TYRANT” TO YOU BECAUSE I'M MAKIN’ SURE YOU DON'T END BACK UP WHERE I ENCOUNTERED YOU AT: IN PRISON! BECAUSE IT CAN HAPPEN: & HAS HAPPENED AT GHETTOHEAT®: INCARCERATED AUTHOR WAS RELEASED, ONLY TO GO BACK TO PRISON WITHIN A YEAR LATER TO SERVEYEARS IN PRISON! THAT WON'T HAPPEN WITH YOU: I WON'T ALLOW IT! SO UNDERSTAND WHY I'M HARD ON YOU! YOU'RE AN EX-CON, FRESH OUT OF PRISON FROM DOIN’ 15 YEARS, SOCIETY WON'T BE SO ACCEPTIN’ OF YOU, & IT'S NOT EASY GAININ’ EMPLOYMENT! YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN NOT ONLY THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR, BUT ALSO THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW WIT’ GHETTOHEAT® OUTSIDE OF BEIN’ AN AUTHOR! TO MESS THAT UP WOULD BE VERY FOOLISH, & TO ALLOW EGO TO GET IN THE WAY OF ACHIEVIN’ GREATNESS ISN'T WISE! SO UNDERSTAND THAT FULLY, BEFORE SEEIN’ WHAT YOU MAY THINK IS SO, & NOT TAKE THINGS SO PERSONAL! IF I DIDN'T CARE ‘BOUT YOU OR YOUR CAREER, I WOULD SAY NOTHING.... ALSO, ANPU, I'VE PRODUCED, TOURED & SOLD GREAT WORKS WITHOUT OTHERS, YET THERE'S A NEW WAVE AT GHETTOHEAT® & I'M ALSO NOT REPEATIN’ HISTORY, SO, IT WOULD BE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE TO LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE & FOLLOW MY LEAD, AS I’M WORKIN’ VERY HARD TO MAKE YOUR SITUATION EASIER THAN MINE WAS STARTIN’ OUT!
THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT—TRACEY: How old are you, Anpu?
HICKSON: FOLKS, I'M WRAPPIN’ THIS INTERVIEW WIT’ ANPU UP NOW! IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, NOW IS THE TIME TO ASK! ANPU, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE FOLKS SHOULD KNOW ‘BOUT YOU? & DO YOU HAVE ANY LAST WORDS?
ANPU: THICKNESS touches your mind as well as the body. It makes us re-evaluate love and bring balance to our relationships. It teaches respect for other cultures and all forms of life on this planet. THICKNESS is a journey that brings a new level of understanding to anyone who reads it. I would be happy to answer any questions. This is more your book than mine, everyone.
THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT—TRACEY: Do you think you are still mentally 21 because of your incarceration? This is a legit question, not to offend! You come across soft, conversation wise for a hardened criminal. I ask this because I see a lot of men that went in young come out vulnerable to society, but hard to the rules of the game of prison life.
ANPU: I don't take offense so easily. Prison is a big part of that. Aggression is often a sign of insecurity. Humility is a hallmark of strength. I am fierce in defense of my Bjork principles. Strong arms are gentle usually, are they not? An angry person is an out of control person. I was forced to grow up. I had little choice. The world has many boys but few men.
THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT—TRACEY: Thanx for your candor. I'm going to read your book soon. I wish I coulda got a juicer/more in depth description other than relationship lessons learned.… Does that mean it's a quick read. Hickson said he read it in 3 hours before editing. Will it let me put it down and come back later, or will I read it in its entirety, unable to put it down?
ANPU: THICKNESS is graphic because I describe the textures, aromas, and sight of the phenomenon called woman. I bare my soul in this book and give you all of me. I take you to places near and far to expose what you may have only heard in passing: the addictive street life and the agony of betrayal. Life and death all spin out of control in this book. You won't be able to put it down, I guarantee you.
THE GHETTOHEAT® MOVEMENT—TRACEY: That's what I needed to hear :*)
HICKSON: THANKS ANPU FOR THE REAL RAP!
ANPU: Thank you, HICKSON, and thank you all for your time and attention. I wish you all peace. GHETTOHEAT®!
HICKSON: EVERYONE, THANKS FOR COMING THROUGH! IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS TO LEAVE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO POST & THEY'LL BE ANSWERED LATER! LOOK OUT FOR THICKNESS BY ANPU, COMING SOON THIS YEAR! ADD ANPU AS YOUR FRIEND ON FACEBOOK AT HTTP://FACEBOOK.COM/ANPU.ANPUDISIAC & FOLLOW HIM ON MOST MAJOR SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS AT @ANPUDISIAC ! PEACE & GHETTOHEAT®!
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