Alfamega, Rihanna & More Debut New Books
It seems that more and more urban artists are turning to a new form of media to tell their stories. Looking beyond the studio booth, these artists are putting pen to paper in efforts to trade the music charts for bestseller’s lists.
We haven’t heard from this guy in quite a while. However, you may remember that he was infamously dropped (and publicly denounced) from his former record label, Grand Hustle, by T.I. after legal documents showing his participation as a DEA informant surfaced (via TheSmokingGun, the same people who exposed Rick Ross as a former corrections officer).
About his new book, the man born Cedric Zellers had this to say (courtesy of AllHipHop):
Alfamega: I been writing my book though, that’s all I been doing.“
AllHipHop.com: What’s the book about?
Alfamega: It’s about my life, everything that happened, giving it real, the whole scenario of what went down with the court stuff, the guy [drug dealer Ali Baager], me and Tip and everything. The name of the book is titled Displaced Loyalty and Revenge.
AllHipHop.com: How far into the book are you? Alfamega: About the sixth chapter.
AllHipHop.com: Any offers yet?
Alfamega: There are a few people looking at it. But this aint really about the book. This here is about my children.
AllHipHop.com: So are you on a hiatus from recording?
Alfamega: Nah they gonna hear me come out with something in a minute, but the only thing I am working on a the moment is Displaced Loyalty and Revenge. Tell them to stop the violence. If I’m staying stop the violence, then it’s time to stop the violence, because I am not the one to give passes.
The most recent news about the ATL rapper is that his son and daughter were both injured in a nightclub co-owned by T.I. We wish them both a speedy and full recovery.
Pop star Rihanna is set to release a book, entitled Last Girl On Earth, in June. The book is said to be autobiographical and will cover many topics, from her home and family life to her career and tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown. Be warned, however, that there may not be as many details and secrets as some may be hoping for. The book is expected to be 144 pages long and it has been said that it will include a great deal of pictures.
Late in 2009, reports surfaced that R. Kelly would be writing an autobiography. Along with writer David Ritz, Kelly will be penning a book which will disclose the many ups and downs of his life and career.
Yes, that includes the charges brought against him for child pornography and molestation, for which he was acquitted.
There is no working title for the book as of yet, but it is scheduled to be released some time in 2011 and will be published by Tavis Smiley‘s publishing company, SmileyBooks.
Of course, autobiographical books are not limited to artists. Many video models have started to write them as well. Karrine Steffans and Buffie “The Body” Carruth have both written tell-all books.
Even the mother of Rick Ross’s children, Tiallondra Kemp, has written a book – released last year – entitled Tia’s Diary Deeper Than Rap: Clarity, Truth, and Exposure.
Are books the latest frontier for opportunities in hip hop? Which of the upcoming books would you read? Do you think the books will actually be worth reading or just another way for artists to generate income? Express yourself in the comments section!
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