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I Make My Own Rules [Hardcover]

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Aug. 28 1997
The autobiography of the well-known hip-hop and rap star, television actor, and positive role model details his career, childhood, private life, public service, and views on the music business. 145,000 first printing. Tour."

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"A stellar example of how to endure, grow up and become an adult in the perpetually adolescent world of rap." --The Source

"There are rebels and there are innovators. I'm an innovator." --L.L. Cool J

"Keeping it real ain't about carrying a gun or smoking blunts. It's about being true to yourself and those around you." --L.L. Cool J

"In this business, sex is like candy-plentiful and cheap." --L.L. Cool J
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"Meet an LL Cool J that few know...Revealing." -JET

"Smith candidly shares his life lessons, blessings and hardships...RULES is a charismatic page-turner...RULES is funny, entertaining and enlightening, but what makes it so special is that it's the first memoir from an around-the-way, self-proclaimed student of Hip-Hop, who tells us how we can simultaneously succeed and stay true to ourselves at the same time."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Class Project June 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book I read is called I make my own rules. It deals with a Man with a dream. Not Martin Luther King but he had a dream to be the best M.C. around. He wanted to have the best beats and rhymes made in history of rappers. His name is LL Cool J also known as James. He grew up talking about his childhood life. How he had bad and good times. Mentioned how he met Run-DMC during his open mike night at the Apollo, and about his family and wife and his three kids. What I liked about the book is that it was base on Cool J and how he lived his life in the bad side of his town. James Ruled his town like the number 1 bully he would always carry his switchblade with him if there would be any trouble with him or the friends he new. He'll always be there to help them get out of trouble and try telling them to avoid getting thrown in the slammer. Everyone in that lived around James's block would know what the deal is. The things I didn't like about the book is that is the sad moments. True something might happen to someone but that always gets me. Example of one Cool J had a dog. He would spend his time playing with it. One day his dog got caught hanging from a hole in the backyard he said he tried to reach the basement but was to late. That is the reason I don't do sad stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boogie Down Nov. 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My wife borrowed this book and encouraged me to read it. I could not put it down. LL is very honest about his past vices. I recommend this book to anyone, especially young people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LL Cool J Uncensored May 11 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Todd Smith, AKA LL Cool J, lays bare his heart and soul in this engaging and candid autobiography. He tells of his somewhat traumatic childhood that was filled with domestic violence, and the affect that it continues to have on his life. He also gives a realistic, behind the scenes, view of the music industry-the sex, groupies, and drugs. With emotion he tells of a time in his life that he was not proud of, a time when he was young, immature, and had plenty of money to throw around. Smith uses his life to teach the lesson to youngsters that we all make mistakes and to view them as a learning experience. The book also shares some of LL Cool J's opinions about the current state of rap, the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac, and other pertinent issues.
This book is exciting, inspiring, and heartfelt. It tells a story of one man's obstacles and triumphs to go from a troubled boy to a multi-platinum-recording artist and actor. Readers will walk away from this book with a true sense of both James Todd Smith and LL Cool J. I highly recommend this work.
*Note this refers to the Parent Advisory Edition
Reviewed by Latoya Carter-Qawiyy
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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3.0 out of 5 stars UNCLE L IS WILD March 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book and I found out that this sexy young man faced a lot of trials and tribulations to get to this point in his life. He showed true courage as he realized that his life wasn't how it should be and rectified the situations. I loved the honesty as well as the detailed time line and family portraits. He is not just beautiful to look at he's "the completed package!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars LL Cool J lovers Oct. 15 2002
By sw.pd3
Format:Mass Market Paperback
LL Cool J.'s I make my own rules is a story about his life. James Todd Smith tells about how he is abused as a young child by his father. Later on in the auto biography, he starts to tell us about hpw he gets into the rap business. When he gets into the rap business, he shares with us some of the thigs that occuroff the stage, For example, in one chapter of the story, he says that he goes in the back to the bathroom and haves sex with this lady that he barely even knows in the bathroom sink.
LL Cool J. shares a lot of personal experiences that he has in his life throughout this book.
I Make My Own Rules is a book strictly for those who love that sexy man with that big dimple on his left cheek (LL Coll J.)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LL Stands for luscious lips July 23 2002
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What can I say the boy is fine as hell. I enjoyed this book. My only problem with it was the fact that he didn't truly cuss in it. The beginning letters of cuss words and then astericks drives me crazy when I'm reading. Either use the full word or don't use it at all. Other than that I thought the book was well written. I found out some things about him that I didn't know. The fact that his mother didn't listen to him when he told her he was being abused made me angry. I wish that I could apologize to him for his mother. The front cover picture will give me many fantasies for a long time. No man should look that good and be inaccessible. I'm glad he married the mother of his children this is what true man hood is about. If you make them take care of them, he has all my respect for that. The book is wonderful so buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting April 4 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book takes the reader into life behind the star. After reading this bio, it made me love LL even more. It also made me appreciate him for being a good son,father,husband,grandson, and the true star that he is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Example of Resiliency March 4 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In my opinion, "I Make My Own Rules" by LL Cool J is a very insightful piece of art. It describes the possible emotional affects on children as the result of physical abuse. This book relays the level of intelligence and creativity that he has despite of being a high school dropout. LL Cool J is an example of resiliency since he was able to use the gifts that God has given him to overcome adversity. This book provides examples of his resilience. "I Make My Own Rules" also informs the reader of Mr. Smith's personal and family values as well as his outlook on relationships, family, the rap industry and religion. This book gives the reader a good depiction of the rap industry.
I recommend that everyone read this book. The words are easy to understand and the messages are clear. I especially think that minority males, teenagers, aspiring musicians and professionals in the helping fields such as psychology, psychiatry, counseling, social work, and mental health therapy should read this book. It gives insight into the struggles of minorities and into the ways they cope with these struggles.
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