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  1. @ Troy Great idea (about the sig)...thanks for the heads up A lot of our people got the massa's ice is colder mentality...I'll have more book sales if I'd put my books on Amazon...I refuse to waver at this point I don't have a problem with selling my books through this website...I'm all for networking
  2. Not this author...LOL You have to either get my books through me or don't get them at all I make it a point to direct readers to my website...it's sad because some of them aren't comfortable with buying books directly from me...they'll rather get them through Amazon
  3. @ Troy Yep, Teri Woods eventually signed with the Warners...not mad at her either I just don't think that a lot of Black folks were trippin' about writing books until they became profitable around 2003 It went from slangin' crack and Avon to writing books Hahahahahahaha Speaking of Teri Woods... Check out this controversial Teri Woods interview with Mack Mama It's off the hook!!!...LOL http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mackmama/2012/05/15/interview-legendary-author-teri-woods-nys-finest
  4. Check out my recent interview with Kontrol Magazine and find out why big girls do it best http://kontrolmag.com/blog/author-conversations-with-nahsun-kontrolreads/ Peace and Afro Grease Nah'Sun the Great
  5. @ Troy You said it yourself how Omar Tyree's hustle back then fails in comparison to today's authors Don't make me go archive diggin'...LOL Tyree, McMillian, and Harris aren't notorious for their guerilla hustling...they got popular AFTER the major deal If those said authors made millions independently, they wouldn't have to sign to a major That's my logic as far as that situation There are people who don't know about Toni Morrison but knows Terry McMillian, and Morrison is more revered in the industry So that point about people not knowing Teri in comparison to Omar is moot I think the urban/street lit popularity is waning as far as new authors looking for a quick buck The veterans are good as long as they satisfy their readers
  6. @ Troy Once again... I'm not arguing who done what first I'm saying that Teri influenced authors to make it on their own moreso than Terry McMillian and E Lynn Harris You cannot sit up here and tell me that authors were thinking about putting books out on their own on a mass scale until Teri Woods sold millions independently with True 2 The Game and B-More Careful She showed the industry that you can sell Urban Fiction/Street Lit without the help of the major And also changed the game by dictating a market that was dead for almost 30 years This is evident considering you have authors who used to write "chick-lit" and "sista-girl" novels crossing over to write edgier books with pen names If that's not influence, then I don't know what is And yes, I've heard of Omar Tyree In fact, my publishing consultant had worked with him for his first novel which was a street lit joint Tyree, McMillian, and Harris didn't make millions independently like Teri Point blank
  7. @ Admin Re-read my post I said Teri trail-blazed after the initial spark The mass flooding of Black self published authors and independent publishing houses didn’t kick off until Teri SHOWED them that you can make tons of money on the street level Lynn and Terry aren’t known for their guerrilla marketing whereas Teri had showed others what you can do on your own You STILL had to go through the majors even when Terry and Lynn did their numbers Teri changed that reality This shouldn’t be a debate
  8. @ Troy The explosion of self-published authors didn’t start until Teri Woods hit the scene I’m not talking about who pioneered that movement. I’m talking about the person who trail-blazed after the initial spark Writing books wasn’t thought of as profitable until Teri made millions publishing True 2 The Game and B-More Careful with Shannon Teri reflected those who looked liked her...they wanted to emulate her success whereas Terry and Lynn carried more of a middle-class appeal to them It was inspiring to see a woman selling her books on 125th street in Harlem making a grip of money A lot of people don’t know about Lynn E Harris’s and Terry McMillian’s self-pubbing grind like they do Teri’s...they're more known for their work with major houses
  9. $19.99 is TOO much money for a paperback...even for a well-known author
  10. What's funny is that before 1999, writing books wasn't even thought of Teri Woods had pretty much broken the mold when she independently released True 2 The Game Authors drop out the rat race when they experience the harsh reality that making money writing books isn't an overnight thing They leave as quickly as they arrived
  11. @ Hickson I REALLY wanna read what you have to type, but the CAPS are killin me Gawd-damn...LOL
  12. Good stuff It seems like nowadays you see the reverse where people are writing books for the sole purpose to make money
  13. @ Troy I’m not saying whether eBooks are good or bad for authors and the industry I merely drew a comparison between the two mediums I don’t think people are gonna stop reading paperbacks and hardcovers because you still have traditionalists such as yours truly who holds a disdain toward eBooks I prefer turning pages. What's funny is that most of my book sales come from my personal website...I hardly ever throw book signings anymore...LOL
  14. @ Carey I was on vacation...which means I have something that Cynique needs…A LIFE Other than that, you’re absolutely right…I got bored with the discussion…time to move on @ Cynique *translates Cynique's post by the way of Charlie Brown's teacher* Wha wha wha WHA wha WHA wha wha WHA wha WHA
  15. @ Carey Carey Thanks for the love, fam I know what the hell I’m talking about…LOL I speak on things I know…and look, listen and observe on subjects I know nothing about Troy and Cynique are too stuck on the age factor to take heed of what I know considering I’ve LIVED the Hip-Hop culture @ Cynique Side A Why not question me about the positive aspects of Hip-Hop? Why negativity ALWAYS has to be synonymous with Hip-Hop in general and rap music specifically? There are rappers and rap producers who are currently teachers and professors like 9th Wonder and NY Oil Why not talk about that??? If someone in the Hip-Hop community does something righteous, the masses turn a blind eye But let a rapper shoot someone or engages in criminality and you'll see that get full blown coverage It seems like the only people who have lopsided views about Hip-Hop are those who are least knowledgeable about the culture such as yourself Side B You say you have a limited understanding about Hip-Hop, and yet you STILL find ways to stereotype Hip-Hop as a whole which is recklessness within itself You negated the fact that every region and city has their own style If you go to LA, you might see dudes wearing Khakis, Cortez Nikes, and Chuck Taylors instead of Timberlands and Hoodies Of course rap music can be negative…America created that Frankenstein considering the conditions that a good number of the artists have come from Rap music is American as apple pie Point blank period
  16. A few rappers advocated voting (remember Rock the Vote?) David Banner loaded buses of food and water and was one of the FIRST to help out victims of Hurricane Katrina when Prez Bush was slow with his response But nobody wants to bring that up, right? LOL The groups below (De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love and The Jungle Brothers) are considered "real" Hip-Hop, and they don't fit your description of what Hip-Hop is about In fact, they denounced the materialism and those same vulgarities you claim that's Hip-Hop in their albums Rap music isn't monolithic There are rappers who are vegetarian and rap about the dangers of eating red meat and the consumption of liquor (see Dead Prez "Healthy") But nobody wants to bring that up, right? The stereotype of Hip-Hop is hiliarious when it comes from Black people, those who are a victim of those same stereotypes...LOL
  17. @ Writer Girl Side A For one, I already said rap music isn't perfect And two, why not talk about the rap music that brings forth intellectual and consciousness to the masses??? It's funny how people who LEAST listen to rap music have MORE to say about it The majority of rap music buyers are women Why not ask THEM that question??? Rap music is the reflection of society...if you wanna so-called clean up rap, then clean up the mentality of the people Rap didn't create the public...the public created rap Side B Country music is your preference...I don't knock anyone for their choice of music If that's your cup of henny, more power to you You act like all rap is demeaning to women when you have songs like "Brown Skin Lady" by Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) and "Beautiful Skin" from Goodie Mobb that big up women There are countless other songs that promote women in a positive light, but it seems like either you're only exposed to the so-called negative or you don't listen to a lot of rap to see the variety That's like saying all Black men are criminals and dead beat dads based on shows like COPS and Maury You need to stop @ Troy Once again... You being there doesn't mean anything when you weren't an active participant Because if you were an active participant in the 80s, you'll know Hip-Hop is a culture Looking outside your window and watching from afar doesn't mean you know Hip-Hop It ain't where you from, it's where you at - Rakim You don't even know where I'm from...LOL You a funny dude And for someone who champions Street Lit, which has it's own share of misogny, you have the nerve to see how I response to those two posters Okay, let me ask you these questions: How do you feel about misogny in Street Fiction? What do you know about Hip-Hop? And don't Google either...LOL
  18. @ Troy Side A Cut it out, Troy Just because you were there in the beginning doesn’t mean you have a full understanding of the Hip-Hop culture There are people who are older than you who STILL don’t get it You have negroes who lived in the 60s and STILL don’t know much about the Black Panther Party I’m not interested in learning about Hip-Hop from you because your knowledge of Hip-Hop is limited Simple as that You don’t view Hip-Hop as a culture like its forefathers do So why would I learn anything from you about Hip-Hop besides surface information that I can get from someone who REALLY lived the culture? That’s like asking a tiger how it’s like to live as an elephant You remind me of that elder who claim they know everything about the Civil Rights Movement but never participated in marches, sit-ins, riots, etc Side B I take that back…I’m NOT open minded I won’t smoke crack to try out its effects…so I guess I am closed minded Side C The age thing is dead…leave it alone You don’t know how old I am…so that issue is moot It’s funny how you switched from the topic of Hip-Hop to the issue of age to cover up your lack of knowledge about the subject we’re on now] Classic example of diversion I see you LOL Side D I’m not religious…so I don’t know what it’s like to be dogmatic *shrugs*
  19. @ Cynique Here you go with the classic Cynique baiting I'll take the bait to entertain myself for the moment I'm not whining about "old" people taking down to me...I think it's funny in the grand scheme of things Especially since no one in this thread knows how old I am And yes, I still own a record player...Gemini to be exact...vinyl in great shape as well
  20. @ Cynique I said, and I quote on 26 September 2012 - 04:07 PM I’m considered an old soul (whatever that means)…so my perception is supposedly different from those in my age bracket Ya'll playing games now LMAO
  21. @ Troy Side A As a person who learns from different School of Thoughts, I’m far from closed minded Now you're attacking my character...I'll let that one slide and take that comment as tongue and cheek I admitted to not knowing much about the book publishing industry...so how the hell admitting my ignorance about certain things a mark of closed mindedness or immaturity? You're reaching for the moon hoping to grab Mercury Side B I didn’t say rap music is the be-all-end-all of American music I’m saying it’s the last American art form in music because nothing has come out AFTER it Side C The reason why the age thing irks me is because older people think that a numerical value based on the Gregorian calendar gives them validity to know everything or have a larger range of knowledge, wisdom and understanding when that’s a farce My ego is not massive to not learn from those who are younger than me You NEVER stop learning, like you stated…I don’t give a damn if you’re 200 years old…you’re ignorant of something that someone can give you knowledge about even if a youth brings something new to your attention The elders not learning from the youth and vice versa is one of the major reasons why a generation gap is present It’s funny how older folk place their ego on age as if that’s the only thing they have worth living for…LOL Side D Culture - the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc. By definition, Hip-Hop IS a culture with its own way of talking, fashion, literature, arts, music, dancing, etc. The Zulu Nation can tell you that…LOL They study Hip-Hop in colleges and universities Hip-Hop was thought of as a culture years before money came into play We have two different views about Hip-Hop (which means Higher Infinite Power Healing Our People) And I got that definition from Professor Griff and the Black Dot As far as Michael Eric Dyson…I agree that he’s robotic when it comes to rap and tries way too hard…but hey, at least he’s trying…LOL Oh yeah...Kevin Powell used to write for Vibe Magazine...he's been writing about Hip-Hop before he stepped into the political arena Side E As far as Cynique…I studied her posting style as a lurker…therefore, I won’t bother replying to her in this particular subject since she admitted to having no knowledge to back her so-called debate I never said rap and Hip-Hop are perfect, but don't act like other forms of music don't have their share of criticism As far as yourself… I don’t think you’re an enemy of Hip-Hop…you just don’t know much about the culture to engage in an argument with someone who does You saying Hip-Hop is not a culture gives validity to my thought Point blank
  22. @ Troy Side A Around my parts, we say SUN…not son Whassup, sun? That’s how we rock n roll Not even boy or dog because we aren’t children or animals Side B I don’t have a problem with your stance or your views on rap and Hip-Hop per se It just irks the hell outta me when my elders and those a few years older than me wanna use age as a measurement of knowing history Your views on Hip-Hop as a whole isn’t complete in my opinion Just like how mines aren’t complete on book publishing Most likely I wouldn’t spar with you about book publishing because I don’t know too much about the game in its totality I’m still learning I know my lane Side C Of course commercialized rap music is trash On the flip side, commercialized rap music never represented the genre as a whole You always had to go to the streets to get that raw, uncut style of rap The only time I listen to today’s rap is when I hit the clubs…mainly because I don’t have a choice Like I told you before…I stick with the 80s and 90s style of rap Side D I beg to differ about outgrowing Hip-Hop because as rap gets older, the people along with it get older as well You can’t deny the classics…no matter how old you get Remember...I'm not a casual listener...I view Hip-Hop as a CULTURE The young MCs are getting older…Jay, Nas, and Eminem are top selling rappers that are either in their 40s or teetering on that milestone There are many ways to celebrate Hip-Hop besides the music Michael Eric Dyson speaks on Hip-Hop…even Kevin Powell drops editorials on Hip-Hop…KRS One, Professor Griff, Chuck D, Black Dot and others speak at colleges and universities on the subject of rap and Hip-Hop What about your man Anthony Whyte…he’s an older cat who claims I am Hip Hop Lit Hip-Hop is not about the music all the time…it’s multi-faceted As an MC and author, rap has played a major part in my style of writing when I pen novels...so Hip-Hop is with me til the Omega
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