Kanye West Owes Me $300

Kanye West Owes Me $300

And Other True Stories From A White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big

Book - 2016 | First edition
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When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey-one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19. In Kanye West Owes Me $300 , Karp will finally tell the true story of his wild ride as "Hot Karl," the most famous white rapper you've never heard of.

On his way to (almost) celebrity, Jensen shares his childhood run-ins with rock-listening, southern California classmates, who tell him that "rap is for black people," and then recounts his record-breaking rap battling streak on popular radio show "Roll Call"-a run that caught the eye of a music industry hungry for new rap voices in the early '00s. He also introduces his rap partner, Rickye, who constitutes the second half of their group XTra Large; his supportive mom, who performs with him onstage; and the soon-to-be-household-name artists he records with, including Kanye West, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, and will.i.am. Finally, he reveals why his album never saw the light of day (two words- Slim Shady), the downward spiral he suffered after, and what he found instead of rap glory.

Full of rollicking stories of sex, drugs, and hip hop from his close brush with fame, this hilarious memoir is perfect for the person who reads Rap Genius, impresses friends with "Nuthin' But a G Thang" at karaoke, and watches rap battles online. If you bought Jeff Chang's Can't Stop, Won't Stop , or saw Straight Outta Compton its opening weekend, Kanye West Owes Me $300 is for you. At its heart, Jensen's memoir is the ultimate fish-out-of-water story about a guy who follows an unlikely passion-trying to crack the world of hip-hop-despite what everyone else says. It's 30 Rock for the rap set; 8 Mile for the suburbs; and quite the journey for a white kid from the valley.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Archetype,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553448153
Branch Call Number: 921 KAR
Characteristics: 293 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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IndyPL_DarrenS Oct 23, 2018

This is a really hilarious and entertaining look at one rapper's life in the music industry. Many great stories dealing with some famous people you've probably heard of before.

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