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A poetic representation of the evolution and events driven by some of the Oakland Bay areas musical legends. Told from the perspective of Sleuth, former road manager of the Bay areas Grammy nominated Digital Underground.
Sleuth Pro has also managed Saafir, Raw Fusion, and the Whoridas.
- ISBN # 978-0-9991858-0-3
- SKU: 8660-01
- Hip Hop History
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“Hip-Hop Tales” poetically contextualizes the Bay Area's place in Hip-Hop history with critical documentation of the Bay’s underground “Golden Era” Hip-Hop scene, including intimate experiences with artists, journalists, D.J.'s and promoters like Digital Underground, Tupac, Too $hort, Saafir and Hobo Junction, Danyel Smith, Al Haymon, Chuck Johnson, Master Zi and many more. It delves into Bay Area Hip-Hop history while documenting what it was like traveling around the world behind the scenes in the music and movie-making industries. It also includes memories of working on many large-scale music tours, being the personal assistant of an iconic child star, and moving back and forth, to and from, the U.S. Virgin Islands. From the former management team of Bay Area's legendary groups Digital Underground (Digital Underground discovered cultural icon Tupac Shakur), Raw Fusion, Saafir, The Whoridas and Capital Tax, N.J. Sleuth’s “Hip-Hop Tales” seeks to give a window into what it was like for a small-town boy to have a 15-year opportunity to play his humble part in the making of Hip-Hop history.
Excerpt from book ...It was 1985 and I was in college at New York Institute of Technology's Central Islip Campus out on Long Island. Me and my homies were in my dorm room and had just smoked a blunt, drank a couple 40's while watching silent Kung Fu flicks and listening to latest Mr. Magic or DJ Red alert tapes from their radio shows from the week before. There was a party on campus that night and it was time to go over to see what's good. As we walked in the dimly lit room I vividly remember hearing for the first time the DJ back spinning Schoolly D's “PSK (What Does that Mean)” and everybody was rocking to the beat in a magical blissful trance. It seemed like it was all happening in slow motion. I began to feel a surge of energy coming from inside my...
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- “Hip Hop Time Traveling”
-Hip Hop Tales is a classic. While reading ,I felt like I was reliving my teens,when I was following every performers move during this “Golden Era”. Digital Underground was ahead of its time. This book gives a peek into a lot of behind the scenes activity from the studio to record execs meetings and world tours. Not to mention details on how Tupac Shakur was developed into an artist. If you are an authentic hip hop head you should be on this and knee deep into the story. Warning: Sleuth Pro takes you through major flashbacks. It might be a good idea to have a reading partner to reminisce with you because you're going on a throwback trip. Enjoy
Erica Sorrells, "Authentic Hip-Hop Head” Berkeley, California
- “An authentic, exhilarating and original memoir”
-Recalling his fun and exciting past as manager of Oakland's Digital Underground, the author immediately captures us in the energy of the performers (from Humpty Dance on the east coast and world wide tours to the group's separation as white males take ownership of the industry's direction). He recalls: high level musicians (Chuck D's beginnings and other international music industry leaders), his mother's support and training in Afrocentric love and his own thoughts about the experiences. This is a must read for Hip Hop fans and outsiders. It's enjoyable reading from an “Insider” genius.
Beverly Evon Neeley, Sociologist, Image of the Mind, INC Dallas, Texas
- “Hip Hop Tales is the Truth”
-The book speaks to Hip Hop fans, as well as people who want a fun journey back to when Hip-Hop was new and exciting. It is easy to read and hard to put down. Do yourself a favor and grab one today. You won't be disappointed.
Naru Kwina, “Hip-Learning” Oakland, California