Multi-platinum-selling rapper Game can now add published author to his credit. Released today, the rapper's first book, The Making of Game's The R.E.D. Album, chronicles him as he creates his oft-delayed fourth studio album. (It's available in most digital formats with paperback forthcoming.)
"With my book I wanted to give my fans the behind-the-scenes look of how my new album came to be," says Game. "These are my stories in my own words. This book is only place where you'll learn all the stories behind the music--how I got the beats, what inspired my lyrics and how the album was put together."
Game joins a long list of rappers who've picked up a pen and have actually published books. OC Weekly compiled a short list of some of the most popular/interesting ones you might considering throwing in the basket along with Game's if you're planning to cop:
Who knew that The Based God was actually a published author? Even more surprising is the section of the bookstore you'll have to go to find his work- Self Help. B penned his Takin' Over in 2009 to spread some positivity around. Okay, okay, it's not exactly a novel or great work of nonfiction but, written in the form of text messages and e-mails to family and friends, it is personal and very positive. Thank you Based God!
50 Cent's "The 50th Law" (2009)
It's no secret that 50 Cent's The 50th Law, written in partnership with Robert Greene, is nothing but a reworking of Greene's 48 Laws of Power. However, it's up to you to either choose to read 50's version and become the calculating sociopath you've always dreamed to be, or read 48 Laws and become the calculating sociopath you've always dreamed to be without all of 50's self-aggrandizing anecdotes.
The RZA's The Tao of Wu (2010)
Another good read, you should be able to tell by the cool title alone. And yes, it gets as philosophical as it sounds at some points, as when you read the Riz's extended deconstruction of what wisdom is. It's light-hearted as well, with plenty of kung-fu movie quotes.
Jay-Z's Decoded (2010)
Last year Jay- Z released his memoir Decoded and fortunately he didn't make the egomaniacal decision of actually sitting down and trying to write the entire book himself. Dream Hampton, an established music journalist who's worked with Jay many times over the years, was recruited to do the dirty work. This one might actually be worth reading as long as you don't let the Illuminati rumors deter you.
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Malice (of The Clipse) Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked (2011)
Although the title sounds more than a little negative it's actually supposed to be an uplifting work targeted at young people, ages 25 and under. The book was delivered on Valentine's Day 2011. Sweet.