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09.11.07 10:35 PM

Felicia Pride's The Message

the_message_felicia_pride.jpg Felicia Pride has a book, The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs, coming out October 7 and she also debuted a brand-fresh-spanking new site to complement it, replete with a soundtrack, excerpts from the book, and more. You Go Girl!!!

What Felicia Says:

"Yes, despite what some may believe, I do think there are lessons to be found and embraced in hip-hop songs. Hence my forthcoming book, THE MESSAGE: 100 LIFE LESSONS FROM HIP-HOP'S GREATEST SONGS. THE MESSAGE is a DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF for the hip-hop generation—a compendium of real wisdom that has been distilled from some of the greatest hip-hop songs."

The Book Info:

"In this book of life lessons culled from hip-hop culture, author Felicia Pride examines a wide range of hip-hop songs and artists, interpreting life through their lenses. Growing up with hip-hop, Pride has come to realize the way it shaped how she thinks, writes, and reacts, making her the person she is today. By incorporating her own experiences and reflections with the rapper's message, she focuses on the positive, motivational influence hip-hop has on its audience.

With each life lesson aptly titled after a hip-hop song, such as Kanye West's “Jesus Walks” or GangStarr's “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow,” The Message explores spirituality, success, love, business, and more through hip-hop. Pride infuses these essential truths with examples from rappers' lives and music, providing positive reflections on hip-hop culture. For example, she tells you how to study how those with staying power, such as Missy Elliott and Russell Simmons, handle their business and how to incorporate similar tactics into your own life: be creative, diversify, handle your business.

The Message shares the wisdom that Pride has learned from hip-hop, creating what is essentially a soundtrack to the hip-hopper's life."

To say I'm proud of Felicia is an understatement. I've been watching her work for awhile, and we've traveled many of the same paths -- Popmatters, Mosaic, and though I can't find where it was written now, Mark Anthony Neal put us in the same boat a few years back as some of the best writers (not just female) he came across writing about hip-hop at the time. So I'm feeling this book near and dear to my heart, just like the one -- Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don't Have Bruises by my Co-op City bredren Miles Marshall Lewis. They've both written amazing books about living a life of hip-hop that resonates with me very deeply, and besides their damn good writers too. (Another one of my hip-hop writer's inspirations is Toure, but that's another story for another time.)

I'm definitely pre-ordering a copy of Felicia's book, as you should also. This is probably the most creative personal reflection of hip-hop published yet. Just peep the excerpts and you'll understand my excitement.

On another note though, it's books like these that make me remember what my own mission in life is supposed to be. So if nothing else Felicia, you've inspired another scribe to stop lollygagging and being distracted by other tasks and life -- and to get back to the business of writing, and even perhaps get that book that's been in the writing stages for nearly 10 years.

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