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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

Critic Reviews

“Iceberg Slim was the godfather of a genre.” (K’wan, #1 Essence best-selling author)

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I have to thank Dave Chapelle for this...

I heard this mentioned during his Netflix special. As a white man who grew up in the most traditional and sheltered manner possible, I can't think of a more direct road to scraping the opaque naivete from my eyes about the underbelly of our society - black or white. My jaw was left agape more than once listening to this man's saga. But what's more, is the disgust I feel when I pause to reflect on the disgusting, vile behavior of the authority figures, institutions, or prominent social figures of his day who seem to simply drift across the stage of his life. Volumes could be written about the sins of his world. I don't mean those committed by him, but by you and me. We're all complicit.

A must read.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Darrell
  • CANTON, MI, United States
  • 11-01-12

Excellent Urban Literature

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

The Hardcore, Urban feel

What does Cary Hite bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He gives the emotion, feeling and the anger that you may not get from reading.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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"Extremely Real"

What did you love best about Pimp?

The raw, and blatant honesty.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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."

Which scene was your favorite?

His entire 1st, jail stent.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Pimp, well, it's kind of heart breaking.

Pimp is part coming of age tale of a young man , part survival, and and ultimately true story of becoming a pimp. Despite, what you think about slim he tells the cautionary tale of hustling the streets.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Sam "
  • Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 09-02-11

Awsome Sipmply Awesome

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 ...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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And you think you have heard it all...

Where does Pimp rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's the top 5 by far!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pimp?

I'm still reading it, but it is funny, sad, and serious at the same time

Which character – as performed by Cary Hite – was your favorite?

He does the characters very well! he never bores me or cause me to lose intrest

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Better than I thought

Very descriptive and great story. if you interested in The Sporting Life then this book will pierce your interest very deeply.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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😐

Cary Hite never fails. He brings life into each and every book that he narrates and is by far one of the best.

The story itself had me confused with the slang language that was used. When I'd finally reached the end of the story in the epilogue, the author stated definitions for he slang that was used throughout the book. It would have been beneficial had he front-loaded these words. This is when the reader is exposed to the specific words that will be read prior to reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Raw and real, incredible story

Loved it! The vocabulary from that time period is great, the narrator really captivates the reader while telling this incredible story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Game

LRP's long range pimping. Should be heard by everyone. Good from start to finish. Peace

1 of 1 people found this review helpful