Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap

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For fans of Jay Z’s Decoded and DMX’s E.A.R.L., an eloquent, passionate, and entertaining memoir from the legendary godfather of Southern rap and front man of the Geto Boys about growing up in Houston, the roots and influences of Southern hip-hop, and how he rose to the top of the burgeoning rap scene.

Scarface is the celebrated rapper whose hits include “On My Block,” “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” and “Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta” (made famous in the cult film Office Space). He is the iconic front man of the seminal rap group Geto Boys and the former president of Def Jam South, and has had many solo hits such as “Guess Who’s Back feat. Jay-Z” and “Smile feat. Tupac” (plus collaborations with everyone from Kanye West and Eminem to Ice Cube and Nas).  But before that, he was a kid from Houston in love with rock-and-roll, listening to AC/DC and KISS.

Diary of a Madman is the story of how Scarface’s world changed when he heard Run DMC for the first time; how he dropped out of school in the ninth grade and started selling crack; and how he began rapping as the new form of music made its way out of New York and across the country. It is the account of his rise to the heights of the rap world, as well as his battles with his own demons and depression.

Featuring 20-40 photos, Diary of a Madman eloquently and passionately unpacks and explains the roots and influences of Southern rap culture. It is the story of hip-hop—the music, the business, the streets, and the South.

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From Geto Boys legend and renowned storyteller Scarface, comes a passionate memoir about how hip-hop changed the life of a kid from the south side of Houston, and how he rose to the top-and ushered in a new generation of rap dominance. ?Scarface is the celebrated rapper whose hits include "On My Block," "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" and "Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta" (made famous in the cult film Office Space). The former president of Def Jam South, he's collaborated with everyone from Kanye West, Ice Cube and Nas, and had many solo hits such as "Guess Who's Back" feat. Jay-Z and "Smile" feat. Tupac. But before that, he was a kid from Houston in love with rock-and-roll, listening to AC/DC and KISS.

?In Diary of a Madman, Scarface shares how his world changed when he heard Run DMC for the first time; how he dropped out of school in the ninth grade and started selling crack; and how he began rapping as the new form of music made its way out of New York and across the country. It is the account of his rise to the heights of the rap world, as well as his battles with his own demons and depression. Passionately exploring and explaining the roots and influences of rap culture, Diary of a Madman is the story of hip-hop-the music, the business, the streets, and life on the south side Houston, Texas.??

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BRAD "SCARFACE" JORDANhas released eleven solo albums and seven albums with gangsta rap pioneers the Geto Boys. Six of his albums debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard charts, and his fourth album,The Untouchable, debuted at No. 1 in 1997. He is a producer and record executive, former president of Def Jam South (where he signed the now multi-platinum Ludacris), and for years, the face of Rap-A-Lot Records, which was one of the most successful independent rap labels of all time, and opened the door for a flood of blockbuster southern-based acts and labels. He lives in Houston, Texas. ,b>Benjamin Meadows-Ingramhas served as the Music Editor ofBillboardand as the Executive Editor ofVIBE Magazine. Originally from Memphis, he is an accomplished writer and editor and has written extensively about Southern rap. His portfolio includes cover stories on such artists as T.I. Lil Wayne, Drake, and Young Jeezy, dating back to the late '90s.

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