Unruly

Unruly

The Highs and Lows of Becoming A Man

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Ja Rule, actor, singer, songwriter, and one of the most multi-dimensional rap artists of his time, tells his compelling story--from his youth to his rise to international fame to his transformative two years in Federal prison--and reveals the man beneath the legend.

Unruly is two stories that offer one complete picture of a man and his world: the angry, fatherless rapper, Ja Rule who was "raised by the streets"; and Jeffrey Atkins, the insightful, reflective father and loyal husband who learned the hard way how to be a good man.

Filled with never-before-revealed anecdotes and sixteen pages of black-and-white photos, Unruly shows the determination that it takes to become a man in today's society. Ja Rule considers the lack of role models for many young black men today--a void that leads to bad choices and the wrong paths. Recalling his youth, he illuminates the seductive pull of the streets and the drug dealers who were his earliest role models.

Jeffrey Atkins offers practical wisdom--reflection, growth and hope learned first-hand as an inmate, father, husband, and community role model. He speaks fondly of men who inspired Unruly--the inmates he met in prison whose misguided ideas of masculinity landed them behind bars--and Louis Farrakhan who mediated the televised encounter with Ja Rule's adversary, 50 Cent.

Unruly is a compelling, personal look at the duality and conflicts that arise in the African-American male psyche from a man who has enjoyed breathtaking fame and suffered heartbreaking misfortune.

Publisher: New York : Amistad, 2015, ò014
Edition: 1st Amistad pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780062316189
0062316184
Characteristics: viii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Green, Kim (Journalist)

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ChristchurchLib Sep 02, 2014

In his first book, rapper Ja Rule explains how hard times led to his success with a microphone...and his time in prison. Growing up in Queens, gang life and drug dealing were an irresistible lure; after dropping out of high school, he sold crack while working on his rhymes. Though recalling both his troubled youth and his years in Federal prison (each chapter ends with a handwritten letter from his time there), Ja Rule also explains how he eventually got sober and grew up; Publishers Weekly calls Unruly "a remarkable memoir and a worthy read." Popular Culture newsletter September 2014.

ChristchurchLib Sep 02, 2014

In his first book, rapper Ja Rule explains how hard times led to his success with a microphone...and his time in prison. Growing up in Queens, gang life and drug dealing were an irresistible lure; after dropping out of high school, he sold crack while working on his rhymes. Though recalling both his troubled youth and his years in Federal prison (each chapter ends with a handwritten letter from his time there), Ja Rule also explains how he eventually got sober and grew up; Publishers Weekly calls Unruly "a remarkable memoir and a worthy read." Popular Culture newsletter September 2014.

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