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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
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Critic Reviews

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

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful


By arizzle on 01-06-18

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.

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35 of 39 people found this review helpful

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