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Publisher's Summary

Darlene Ortiz was with Ice T for 17 years, beginning with his early days hustlin' on the streets and his subsequent rise to fame. In Definition of Down: My Life with Ice T & the Birth of Hip Hop, she tells how hip hop started, with intimate glimpses into their daily life and stories about their climb to the top and all the rappers who got their start in those times.

©2015 Darlene Ortiz (P)2015 Darlene Ortiz

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Lovely lady Cool Darlene!! (LL Cool D!!)

I love the book and it was great to understand that Darlene was raised by these two good men and quite frankly I think she came out a 110 percent good strong woman. I see a lot of her on C Hulcombs 5150 Show and I love it. To see how she can keep up with the fellas is a small bit of proof of the woman she has grown to be and I'm sure what we see in the public is a very small picture of who Miss OG Darlene Ortiz really is. They say a real good love only comes around once in life time which is a statement I don't necessarily believe. I really hope she finds real love again.Much love to her and her family, much respect and great book Darlene. You are definitely an accurate definition of being down. True love from your fan Shawn, Peace Love and Happiness to you D.

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Excellent

Great telling of her story. Enjoyed the audible version because you can hear her honesty.

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Worth a listen 5150 Nation

Good listen. Wish she had edited out the
mistakes for a smooth listen. Also would have been nice to review the pictures in the book while she talks about how the pic happened. But overall a good listen.👌👍

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great story

I am a 5150 Nation supporter and what a great book Darlene thanks for sharing your story

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Below average.

The story was OK but the recording quality was bad. The narrator repeated herself way too many times.

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The Original Bonnie

Would you try another book from Darlene Ortiz and/or Darlene Ortiz?

Yes

What other book might you compare Definition of Down to and why?

None! Because no one but Darlene can tell this story about Ice T.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I'm happy Darlene was able to tell her side of the story.

Was Definition of Down worth the listening time?

Yes! It was a quick listen.

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Heartfelt Story

Great heartfelt story. Darlene is beautiful inside and out. A genuine perspective on the history of hip hop as well as personal and family relationships. I enjoyed the stories about the Comfort Inn, Charmers, the Porshe, fake resume, purple thong, tour hoes and overall history of hip hop. Good story about loyalty and integrity.

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Beautiful Soul!

I got a glimpse of the story of a beautiful woman who possess a beautiful soul! Great read!

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Great Story.

Well narrated story. The authors story moved me as a man to consider a woman's perspective on a rise to fame and the aftermath. Long live the Queen.

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pretty good

I enjoyed learning more about Darlene and ice tea. I learned many things that I did not know. She is really the definition of down. Really good book.