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Pimp: The Story of My Life

Pimp: The Story of My Life
by: Iceberg Slim

Iceberg Slim, also known as Robert Beck, was born as Robert Lee Maupin in Chicago, Illinois on August 4th, 1918. He spent much of his childhood in Milwaukee and Rockford, Illinois before returning to Chicago as a teenager.

Check out a look in to one of Americas sculptors of the African American community and lifestyle.

His father having abandoned them, Slim’s mother supported the family by working as a domestic and operating a beauty shop. He credits his mother for having prepared him for the pimp lifestyle by pampering him during his childhood.

Iceberg attended Tuskegee Institute briefly in the mid 1930’s, at the same time Ralph Ellison was there, however they did not know one another. At 18, Robert began his initiation into “the life”, adopting his nom de guerre, “Iceberg Slim” and remained a pimp until age 42, predominantly in the Chicago area. He was incarcerated several times in conjunction with his crimes, including a stretch in Leavenworth and spent a 10 month prison sentence in solitary confinement at Cook County House of Corrections in 1960. It was this last stretch that finally motivated Iceberg to “square up”, and take to writing about his life experiences rather than pursuing a life of crime.

The book has sold over 5 million copies since its release and is the second best-selling book written by a black man, after Alex Haley’s “Roots”

This story is real almost 20th century version of Mark Twains famous “Huckleberry Finn.” His adventure on down the main drag of Chicago reminded me of Huck and his journey down the Mississippi River. The story is reasonable for the birth of America’s urban inner city’s. Iceberg Slim’s vigorous trails to over come oppression. “It speaks of very specific time in America and its street culture. The book is filled with broken souls but shows how in the end, Iceberg found himself and how result he finally healed himself.”

Robert Beck and Iceberg Slim have had major influence on todays pop culture. In recent lyrics spit by some of the Hottest rapper like Fabolous, Lil wayne, Lloyd and many others speak about Goldie the main character of cult classic The Mack. The Mack one of the many black cinema “BlackBuster” influenced by the book. Some people may even remember of a young Jay-z talking about Iceberg slim on albums Reasonable doubt and In My Lifetime Vol. 1 Sparking inspration for the song Who you Wit II off of his Sophmore album In My Lifetime Vol. 1.

Best of Friends become Worst of Eneimes { Blue print 3 never to see Light }

Looks like Jay-Z’s long awaited Blueprint 3 may never see the light of day. In a recent interview with MTV, Jay seems to have had enough of Kanye West and his over sized ego. The two superstars are currently not speaking and haven’t spoke since this past weekend when an argument sparked in the studio.

Jay was quoted as saying, “Blueprint 3 is over. It’s never coming out. Kanye wanted to take it in another direction and that just ain’t me.”

Apparently, Jay and Kanye were in the studio over the weekend laying down the final masters for the album. They were planning on releasing it on September 11, eight years after the original Blueprint came out.

According to eye witnesses, Kanye tried applying autotune to the whole album without Jay’s consent. When Jay found out, he confronted Kanye who let his ego get the better of him and told Jay that Blueprint 3 will be nothing without him and if he wants to use autotune, then he’ll use autotune.

Jay told MTV, “Kanye and I are through. It hurts me to say it; he was like my baby brother. But he’s gotten too big. He doesn’t respect me like I deserve to be respected.”

Jay continued to say that he will quickly return to the studio with Just Blaze to work on Kingdom Come 2.

Jay-Z – Maybe (Produced by Sean C & LV) [Download]

Jay-Z – Maybe (Produced by Sean C & LV)