Make My Own Rules
the status and high profile, even outside of the hip
hop circles, its only fair that LL Cool J is the
first to step to the plate and delivers his autobiography.
And even though you might not be fan or dont like
LL at all, this feat makes it an essential hip hop read.
Also because he got a story to tell. Luckily, because
whats a book without content?
only does LL talk about his past, in a way he also touches
the present (like when hes talking about Foxy
Brown using his "Rock The Bells" beat) and
future. But what is very frustrating, that the stories
are not in a chronological order. He separated the book
into chapters of topics and not phases in his live.
He could have split the book into chapters with the
same names as his albums, and the reader would always
know what happened back then when he did the album.
Sure this would have attracted the problem of touching
topics again and again, but you wouldnt be faced
with the ever returning question "wait, when was
that?", like you are now, until he mentions a song
or year again.
story to tell is interesting, touching everything without
trying to hide himself from watchful eyes, but its
rather exposing if not exhibitionistic in an honest
manner. He talks about the pride of Africa, his love
for hip hop, his family and crooked relationship to
his now wife, his father trying to kill his mother and
grandparents, the tortures his stepfather put LL through.
And each one of these harsh memories is told in a chit
chat style, just like a friend would share his anecdotes
with you on the front porch.
this is where the interesting and good part ends. His
high goals of reaching and changing people and kids,
are tried to be accomplished with a "...and I learned
from this, that..." at the end of each chapter.
But he seems that he himself still has a lot of learning
to do. Because these self inflicted insights
are oftentimes lacking any intellectual approach or
psychological value, and are rather statements a role
model is supposed to say. Of course LL is believing
himself, and what hes saying and maybe thats
all that really matters.
behind his faith in God and stressing the point that
some things he did were wrong or sick, he
still seems awfully proud and happy while boasting about
his sexual encounters. He even gives a tongue in cheek
reference to his wife. Him calling Canibus Corny-puss
shows an immaturity he just spent a book on saying that
he left it behind. In self analysis he puts all fault
on his stepfather mistreating him, while referring to
himself as a smart kid (really, you dont
think you were a stupid kid?), never taking a stand
and saying "Damn, I was young, successful, had
money and chick. What do you expect?". That would
have been a real honest statement, but political correctness
prevents honesty like that.
|review by tadah