Root for the Villain: Rap, Bullshit and a Celebration of Failure (Book)

from J-Zone

This ain’t The DaVinci Code and it ain’t Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Root for the Villain takes a humorous and candid look at the ups and downs of a young hip-hop fiend who decides to make his passion a career instead of getting a “real” job. (That means he actually tries to make a living at…gasp…hip-hop.) Yeah, it’s the official J-Zone memoir, which has become the bible for all hip-hop nerds, as well as struggling, aspiring, delusional, and already washed-up rap artists out there. But you also get a healthy dose of belly laugh-inducing commentary on the subjects of gentrification, NYC nightlife, gadgetry, dating, McJobs, social media, record and cassette collecting, living with your Grandmother as an adult, and the plight of a beleaguered Generation X. Root for the Villain has received stellar reviews in media outlets like The Onion AV Club, The L.A. Times, and HipHopDX.com, as well as making SPIN Magazine’s Top 10 Books of 2011 list. The book has also received nods of approval from respected music biz veterans Prince Paul, ?uestlove, Chuck D, The Lonely Island, RJD2, Slug from Atmosphere, and Danger Mouse. Paperback only. AUTOGRAPHED.

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about

J-Zone Queens, New York

My childhood dream of playing bass in a funk band died when Jheri curls went out of style. I had an on again-off again rap career. I wrote and self-published a book in 2011, learned to play drums shortly after and returned to my funk roots, where I feel most at home. My bands The Du-Rites and The Zone Identity reflect that. The music to the left is my story through it all. Dig. ... more

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