Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big by Jensen Karp

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LA Weekly said it best: “Kanye West Owes Me $300 might be the funniest rap memoir ever.” This is a lighthearted, true-life story, with an almost-famous vibe that celebrates the wins and losses of Jensen Karp, a.k.a. "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend—and then almost...almost became a star. But not quite.

When he was just 12, Karp started his career off rapping at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991. By the time he was 19, he was considered a riding star. Today, he's the most famous white rapper you've never heard of.
Karp's knack for rap battling caught the eye of a music industry hungry for new rap voices in the early ‘00s.  He recorded with Kanye West, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, and will.i.am. But his album never saw the light of day, leading Karp out of fame and out of luck.

But Karp did pull through and up, and this hilarious memoir shares what he learned while he worked  to (unsuccessfully) crack the rap game. It's a fun and fast read that offers a unique insight into a world few people manage to break into. Karp comes close enough to see it for what it is, without becoming overcome or blinding by fame, and this book is honest and downright hilarious. Check out Kanye West Owes Me $300  at your local library or independent bookstore today.

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