A blueprint. A bible. What Sun Tzu’s Art of War was to ancient China, Pimp is to the streets. As real as you can get without jumping in, this is the story of Iceberg Slim’s life as he saw, felt, tasted, and smelled it. It is a trip through hell by the one man who lived to tell the tale—the dangers of jail, addiction, and death that are still all too familiar for today’s black community. By telling the story of one man’s struggles and triumphs in an underground world, Pimp shows us the game doesn’t change; it just has a different swagger.
Only Slim could tell this story and make the reader feel it. If you thought Hustle & Flow was the true pimp story, this book is where it all began. This is the heyday of the pimp, the hard-won pride and glory, small though it may be; the beginnings of pimp before it was dragged in front of the camera, before pimp juice and pimp style. Though it is a tale of his times, it will remain current and true for as long as there is a race bias, as long as there is a street life, as long as there is exploitation.
©1969 1987 by Iceberg Slim (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
“Iceberg Slim was the godfather of a genre.” (K’wan, #1 Essence best-selling author)
The raw, and blatant honesty.
My favorite character was Iceberg Slim. The reason is that I love the fact that he did not try to display himself as some kind of godlike figure, with this being an autobiography about his life. Instead he explained everything about his life, from child to middle-aged Man. From a non-pimp adolescent to a retired middle-aged Pimp. The good, the bad and the "extremely ugly." And from there he let the reading hear, feel, and interpret his story, as they so choose. Autobiographies like this are without a doubt "The most interesting."
His entire 1st, jail stent.
I did not have an extreme emotional reaction, but I did have an extreme intellectual reaction. But seeing the ugliness of one man's horrors and mistakes in full detail, has help me mentally check my own deficiencies.
It's the top 5 by far!
I'm still reading it, but it is funny, sad, and serious at the same time
He does the characters very well! he never bores me or cause me to lose intrest
The beginning when he mentioned his own trama at the age age of three years old. I have heard lots of stories but this takes the cake on child abuse.
Understanding the slang in the book is a bit hard to grasp at first, but the story is so good, you get it after a while.
Better and deeper as I went. Excellent narration. Simple writing style (a little more noun-verb, noun-verb than usual) worked well. Allowed my brain to "predict" and comprehend easily, yet nouns and verbs themselves sparkled, so there was surprise and delight as I learned a new dialect of street language. Characters drawn quickly and clearly. Story dynamics easy to follow. I was able to devote attention to both. One "tension" passage probably the best I've read. Well done. Kiwis for EVERYone!
I am a professional guy. I read various topics from Ghost, Sc-fi, Technical(Career),Action/Drama and Self Help.
This is a Urban readers paradise. It tells it straight forward and as the actual character would view the situation. Very raw and paints vivid pictures.
The Hardcore, Urban feel
He gives the emotion, feeling and the anger that you may not get from reading.
IceBurg Slim one hell of a pimp, This book tells a whole lot about his life an struggle an how he has became the man that we as Young Pimps admire awesome listen ...
A little piece of alternative history. Title of the book pretty much says it all. This is an autobiography of.........a pimp. Enjoy! Narrator does a great job and the life of Iceberg slim is anything but uneventful.
real life awesome
He sounded exactly how I would expect a pimp to sound.
The very beginning when he is in the car with his hoes. It moved me to laughter.
This is a fun book. I think it can be taken lightly and you can have a lot of fun with it, or it can be examined a lot closer. Really gives you a good look at a certain culture during a certain time period and shows how someone might end up in the position that Iceberg Slim finds himself in.
Although I know it makes the story, I found the language a little raunchy. I would try to tone it down a little, but I think that might take away from the story. Guess I am caught in a quandry.
For me, the Pimp's first trip to jail was memorable because I put myself in his mother's place and could feel her pain.
Added to the story because of the inflections and change of dpeed when he was attempting to make the picture more vivid.
I could see this being made into a movie, but only if the Reynolds brothers produced it. I feel that Spike would try to make it a historical piece and Tyler would attempt to make it funny. It is historical, but I don't think Spike would be able to allow the use of the language which was used in the book. Without a doubt Edris Elba should be the Pimp.
This is one of the best books that I've listened to.
The thing that I noticed first was the cyclical trend that was developing throughout the story of good people being taking advantage of, becoming jaded and then reversing the strategy on the next person. It was also very interesting the hear about the philosophy/psychology of pimping how predictable the outcome would be. It really make you think about how the many tenets of pimping can be seen in a variety of present day relationships, whether business, personal, or otherwise and how easily one can fall for the "Georgia" if one isn't careful.
It was a lot more though provoking and well written than I expected.
Read it, you wont regret it.
I gave it the old college try, but just could not get into it. The slang that he used was just to much. I got tired of rewinding the story and just gave up. I truly felt like I had to learn Pimp English just to get through this story. Maybe I will try again one day. But for now I rather stick to books written today and not in Slim's hay day.
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