RARA-AVIS: Blaxploitation and soundtracks for books

From: Mark Sullivan ( DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net)
Date: 05 Apr 2000

I just found this on www.blackbeat.com. It kind of answers my earlier question about contemporary literary equivalents of gangsta rap. According to the latest Spin magazine, the first is scheduled for this month, but I don't see it listed on either Amazon ro B & N.

It also engages Dave's idea about soundtracks released in conjunction with books. Of course, it may end up begging the question of whether the music selection grows organically from the text or the songs are just dropped in as product placement to cross-promote the CD:

HIP-HOP FICTION FOR 'YA! Mad props go out to Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes and partner, publisher/president Marc Gerald for the formation of [S] Affiliate, a publishing company set to debut in the new year with action-packed fiction that focuses on experiences known all too well by urban-based hip-hop headz. Formerly shunned by the literary world, hip-hop fiction will drop with a bang when [S] Affiliate drops their initial, six-book series, accompanied by exclusive mix Cds, courtesy of Def Jam and its roster. Set to deliver a new fiction story every other month, the official kick-off comes with Ronin' Ro's Street Sweeper, a tale of a
"ruthless hitman who turns over a new leaf when he accidentally kills an innocent girl."

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