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Black Artemis

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Aug. 2 2004
Cassandra Rivers and Leila Aponte have been puttin' it down as Sabrina Steelo and Fatal Beauty on the underground hip hop scene. Even though Cassie dreams of working it like Wu Tang while Leila fantasizes about becoming the Latina Big Pun, it's all good because they're as tight in life as they are on the mic. But when G Double D, founder of gangsta rap label Explicit Content, seduces Fatal with promises of solo stardom, she falls for his rap hook, verse, and sample. Burned by Fatal's betrayal, Sabrina must forge ahead alone, driven to beat her partner-turned-rival to the streets.

Before she knows it, Cassie's drive leads her right into the center of Explicit Content drama. G's got secrets, none of them good, and Fatal's in danger. Her bond with Fatal is too deep to deny, and Cassie's competitiveness quickly turns into concern.

But G Double D makes it clear-ride or die. Cassie has to decide what she's willing to risk to achieve her dream-including Fatal's friendship and perhaps even her life.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (TRD) (Aug. 2 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451212754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451212757
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,649,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware: Reader may stay up late reading Explicit Content Jan. 23 2005
By K. Kimbrough - Published on Amazon.com
As a person who doesn't take or use hip hop beyond the slam of my car door, the occasional rest on BET when channel surfing, and the occasional hook to reign in the attentions of the adolescence I come in contact with, Black Artemis has gained my attention with Explicit Content.

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.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good friends come and they go...or maybe they never left. Nov. 1 2004
By Eric Pete - Published on Amazon.com
This was a deep tale of friendship and hip-hop that was easy to read and follow. Even if you're not a hip-hop head, the underlying story of being true to yourself with all the distractions, manipulations and glitz life can throw at you, should hold you.

Looking forward to PICTURE ME ROLLIN' from Black Artemis.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must read Oct. 21 2004
By Shelley H. - Published on Amazon.com
Black Artemis has done an excellent job in this telling of two female rappers striving to make it in a male-dominated industry. Cassandra and Leila have been tight since high school and set out together as a rap duo. Due to ambitions and 'trying to get put on', their friendship is put to the ultimate test when Leila signs a record deal with Explicit Content as a solo act. Once Cassandra rebounds from the depression of her friend's betrayal, she ends up getting signed to the same label. Cassandra knows something isn't quite right with Leila and the record label but in her desire to make it she compromises herself and ends up doing things she blasted Leila for. Once she realizes the truth dangerous truth behind Explicit Content, she devises a plan to try and save not only herself but her old friend as well.

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!

Shelley Halima
Author of Azucar Moreno
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Hip Hop! Nov. 29 2004
By Mahogany Book Club - Published on Amazon.com
Cassandra and Leila have been blowing up the club scene with their rhymes as Sabrina Steelo and Fatal Beauty. When it looks like they will finally get that big break they have been waiting for they find themselves torn apart.

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hip Hop Story.....This time females take over Sept. 25 2004
By Jenny B. - Published on Amazon.com
I like this book alot because its a hip hop story about two female rappers. Its real different. NO ONE ever did a story about two female rappers. I admire the fact that she had an African American female rapper as well as a Hispanic female rapper.

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.

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