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)
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.
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.
Unless you enjoy explicit, raunchy sex over and over and the abuse of women, i do not recommend this book at all. I kept hoping at some point, like other books of this nature, he'd redeem himself, but it never happens. I fast forwarded to see if he changes, but it was the same thing over and over. Horrible book about a horrible man.
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!
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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 ...
I enjoyed this book a lot. I just finished the recently released biography of Iceberg Slim and was inspired to read Iceberg Slim's own book.
The story of his life is very interesting and entertaining. It can be dark at times. Some of the slang is hard to pick up at first. There is a glossary at the end of the book. I wish I had listened to it first. Reading the biography by Justin Giffords helped because it filled in a lot of places where Iceberg did not go into depth.
However, it is a very good book that almost reads like fiction. He has seen and experienced a lot of things and conveys them to the reader in an eloquent way.
If his nonfiction autobiography is this good, imagine what his fiction works are like. I ordered another one of his books based on how good this one was.
Great book ,gritty and truthful . Definitely not for the faint of heart. The narrator brings the book to life. This book will capture your attention and time will fly by.
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