Explicit Content Paperback – Aug 2 2004
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Fans of Sister Souljah's The Coldest Winter Ever (1999) will find this debut novel just as tantalizing. Cassandra "Cassie" Rivers and Leila Aponte are two high-school rivals turned best friends who set out to make a career as a hip-hop duo. G Double D, owner of the recording studio Explicit Content, breaks up the duo by signing Leila without Cassie. Being betrayed by her best friend only intensifies Cassie's determination, and she persuades G Double D to sign her to a solo deal. Once she becomes a part of the Explicit Content family, she learns that the industry rumors about the company's shady business practices are true. With the help of her mother, Cassie succeeds in bringing down that musical empire, reuniting with her best friend, and freeing the other women who have been victimized by Explicit Content's underground business dealings. Full of suspense and twists, this a page-turner of an urban story about friendship and the importance of being patient and doing things the right--not quick--way. Lillian Lewis
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Leila and Cassie are best friends with a dream of making it big in hip hop. Leila , the wild child Latina, is approached by the super producer of Explicit Content G Double D, to go solo. She jumps at the chance leaving her friend Cassie, more grounded Black girl, high and dry. Cassie, feeling betrayed, decides to still pursue her thang, albeit a bit differently. After a hip hop contest she confronts G Double D asking why he didn't want her. After hearing what he had to say she decided to do it on her own. However a few days later the same producer steps up and offers a deal too good to turn down and manages to pull her into the Explicit Content family. Once she's in she realizes music ain't the only thing she has to be down for.
Following the story of Cassie and Leila had this sista up at 3:00 a.m. finishing the book and writing this review. As I read I kept telling myself, "I am going to pass this onto the teens in my make shift book club in my Sunday school class. ( Well at least the older ones!)"
Along with some interesting insight into hip hop culture its just a damn good story that moves well, that is smart, and sucks you in. Written with real hip hop vernacular and accented with actual rhyme, Explicit Content is everything one would imagine a good hip hop novel to be.
Looking forward to PICTURE ME ROLLIN' from Black Artemis.
If you're a hip hop head you must get this book. And even if you're not but are looking for a wonderful read then you have to pick up Explicit Content!
Author of Azucar Moreno
Whe G Double D only signs Leila( Fatal Beauty) to the Explicit Content label Cassandra feels burned by Leila but not for long. When G Double D decides he wants Cassandra as well.
Once inside Explicit Content, Cassandra finds things are not at all as they seem and that Leila is in trouble.
Black Artemis puts some serious flavah in your ear with this Hip-Hop debut.
The book focuses on the girl's friendship and their differences. One being Black and one being Latina and the importance of family. She takes you inside the hip hop industry and into a Rap label full of false promises, shady deals and broken dreams.
This is Hip-Hop fiction to the fullest. You won't want to miss a beat of this stunning debut.
This story pinpoints alot of things in the music industry such as phony record labels, drugs, violence
and money. But at the end there is a huge turn around. Purchase this book so you can also enjoy Sabrina Steelo and Fatal Beauty.