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From Naptown to Tinseltown - legendary stand-up comedian and actor Mike Epps finally tells all in this outrageous, hilarious, no-holds-barred memoir.

Before starring in Def Comedy Jam and Showtime at the Apollo - before the sold-out comedy shows, Uncle Buck, and becoming his hero Richard Pryor in a biopic - there was Indianapolis. And not the good part. Mike Epps is one of America’s favorite and funniest people, but the path to fame was paved with opportunities to mess it up. And mess it up he did.

Growing up in “Naptown” - what people who live there really call rough-around-the-edges Indianapolis - Epps found himself forced to hustle from an early age. Despite his mother’s best efforts, and the love of his well-behaved brother, “Chaney”, and his beloved sister, Julie, Epps was drawn to a life of crime, but as he quickly discovered, stealing and dealing didn’t really fit his sweet sensibilities. Not to mention he wasn’t very good at it - take, for example, the day he had to call the cops on himself when a dog wouldn’t let him leave a house he was burgling. After several arrests and more than a few months in jail, Epps finally realized that he was an unsuccessful thug, and instead turned to the next most obvious career path: stand-up comedy.

Heading first to New York, then all over the country, and finally to Hollywood, Mike Epps carved out a unique place in American comedy, combining hysterical tales of his family and friends with a mordant take on life in the Naptowns of America. Comedy saved Mike Epps, and here he reveals exactly how he finally grew up and got out, barely. And when describing how he survived when so many of his friends didn’t, Epps makes clear what he’s thankful for and sorry about.

Unsuccessful Thug is about growing up black in America, facing down racism in Hollywood, and ultimately how it feels to fail at thugdom, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, and end up selling out arenas and starring in movies across the country.

©2018 Mike Epps (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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The performer is not good

Stories good but I couldn't stand the reader. I couldn't make it past chapter 3. The audiobook would have been soooo much better with Mike Epps reading it

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Good Book Bad Narrator

I loved the story but the narrator was a bit dry🤭overall good book. Would’ve been better if Mike did the narrating himself IJS✊🏾

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Mike Epps

Totally enjoyed the story but I did NOT enjoy the narrator at all. It would be a great audio book if Epps narrated himself

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good book very entertaining.

good book very entertaining going to give it another listen. Mike Epps have a legendary fart joke that will go down in history.

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Unsuccessful Thug Runs Circles Around Cities Everywhere

The only thing Mike Epps could have done to better present this audio is to have read the book himself. No shade on J. D. Jackson.

Unsuccessful Thug resurrects a Circle City cultural experience many locals can relate to. In the bigger picture pre–digital Indy was a bit sleepy when it came to fashion, musical awareness, and financial prosperity for most of the Back community, still is in many ways.

Mike Epps transparent and humorous spin on figuring out life allows us all to breathe through our hardships a little easier. His charming personality and hilarious outlooks on how life’s lows can point you in the right direction is worth every minute it takes to read this positive memoir.

Young people everywhere will be inspired from how this man’s journey from Naptown to Tinseltown paves hope into their dreams.

Well done Epps. Keep up the good work.

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I love a good Hood to Riches story!

Mike Epps has been through what a lot of us have who grew up in inner cities, yet managed to make it out on top. He shares his story in only the way he can: raw, honest, and very funny!

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Never Knew!!

If you could sum up Unsuccessful Thug in three words, what would they be?

Its a great story about Mike Epps childhood and journey to success.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unsuccessful Thug?

I enjoyed how his childhood still reflects on the person he is today

Have you listened to any of J. D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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

Made me smile. Keep following your dreams

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Candid & Funny, Good Insight to who his is!

Great book, but the narrator was all wrong. Mike Epps or a more animated voice-over person would have really bought it to life!

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Believe

Mike would have read better. Good message for anyone searching for understanding. Trust God! Love!

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Great book from the legendary Mike Epps!

The legendary comedian and under rated actor has produced a nice book sharing both the ups and downs of the entertainment industry.