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The Hustle Chronicles by Blacc Topp

Publisher: Blacc Star Media Group
ISBN-10: 1622093712
ISBN-13: 978-1622093717
Price: $10.00
Purchase: Blacc Star Media | Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description

Julius Jr.s’ childhood is far less than perfect. He is torn between his mother and father who are going through a bitter divorce. His world is turned upside down when his father takes him from the comfort of the family home in Benton Harbor Michigan to the brutal streets of South Dallas Texas. When Julius Jr.s’ family is gruesomely murdered his life takes a dramatic turn. His mother Naje moves to Texas to care for her youngest son and finds herself drawn into a conspiracy that threatens to not only take the life of her youngest son but hers as well. Roll with Julius as he grows into the ultimate hustler and unrelenting killer that the gang-ridden streets of South Dallas often breeds, where pimping, drug dealing, treachery and betrayal go hand in hand.

Review

I happened upon Novelist Blacc Topp recently, and decided to explore his writing. The Hustle Chronicles is his debut novel which was released in 2012.

Little did I know, I would embark on a suspenseful ride of twists and turns. I immediately fell in love with his writing, the story and the characters. Especially, Julius Sr. and Julius Jr. Their bond was special and touching.

Novelist Blacc Topp does an extraordinary job of evoking emotion as well as conveying the inner workings of the mind and heart of his characters. His writing style is raw, sensual and thought provoking. He draws you in, and seduces you with his vivid and detailed descriptions. It’s as if he’s holding your hand and guiding you through an experience you won’t forget.

Blacc Topp is a creative genius and a master of words. His unique and original style has taken this genre to another level.

I highly recommend The Hustle Chronicles, and any book he pens. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Novelist Blacc Topp was born to a father that was a gangster turned preacher and a mother that was a singer, artist, and scholar. He was born into a family of preachers, pimps, prostitutes, drug drealers, dopefiends, and squares. Blacc Topp was raised on the streets of South Dallas, Texas. After the death of his father, feeling as though he had nowhere to turn he turned to the gang. The neighborhood gang, Dixon Circle 357um Gangsta Crips is where he would learn to become ruthless and unfeeling. Although he was deep in the gang and game, he continued his studies for fear that his mother would make him move to Florida.

By the age nineteen he had been shot three times and was on his way to the Texas Department of Corrections with a forty year prison sentence for distribution of narcotics. While inside he lost his youngest sister to the violence of drugs in 1996. After serving seven years, he was granted parole (mainly due to his mother’s efforts). He used the education that he obtained inside to land a job at a top engineering firm in Texas. He used his love of word play to push himself to local fame on the hip-hop scene in Texas and Florida but, he would lose his mother to cancer in 2006, only to lose his oldest sister to cancer in 2008 and he knew something had to change. He began to chronicle his life, his mishaps and his capers which gave birth to The Hustle Chronicles, his debut novel and soundtrack of the same name.

You can follow him at: Novelist Blacc Topp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Are You Playing The “Game”?

It is said, life is a game.

The pieces on a chessboard are people maneuvering themselves into strategic positions to win.

The “game” is played on the streets as well as on the internet.

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I’ve worked in Corporate America for almost 30 years, and there are unspoken rules there too.

You play the “game” right, you win.

You play it wrong, you lose.

Truth be told, I hate playing games.

I’ve always had a difficult time following a crowd or being part of a clique. I’ve never participated, and still don’t.

I’m not antisocial. I’m just not into pretenses.

Which is probably why I frown upon words like, “community” and “tribe”. It reminds me of a gang mentality.

Gangs are racist and discriminatory. They only accept people who are like them.

If you follow, you are accepted. If you say and do all the right things, you are in. If you don’t, you are cut off.

Social media is a slippery slope.

Most try to climb the ranks like a gangster.

They become friends with you on Facebook or follow you on Twitter, with an agenda. In the hopes that you will help them, but never with the intention of getting to know you.

It’s all about what you can do for them. How you can help them succeed or get ahead.

You see, it’s hardly about “community”.

Everyone follows and joins the bandwagon. They jump in head first to climb the ladder of fame.

The second you say “no” to something they want, you can best believe, they will unfriend or unfollow you in a heartbeat.

You no longer have any use for them, because you were just a “tool” to begin with.

Eventually, word gets around in the so-called “community” and you are exiled.

I don’t know about you, but I am not interested in following the sheep or rather, herd mentality.

I don’t need people’s favors to get ahead. If God has something for me, then it’s for me.

As with everything in my life, nothing was handed to me on a silver platter. I had to work hard and earn the right to have whatever I have today.

There are no political hand-outs or favors in my world.

I’m glad because I don’t have an “entitlement” mentality that most people have. I don’t walk around looking for ways on how people can help me or ask for favors.

Half of these people, who are in the same “community”, are landing positions they aren’t even qualified for. They got it by playing the “game”, rubbing elbows and doing favors.

When it comes to art, homie don’t play that.

My creativity came from God and I won’t be exploiting it any time soon.

I don’t subscribe to the “I’ll scratch your back, if you’ll scratch mine” mentality.

You can call it pride if you’d like, but I’m not stooping that low to get ahead, even if it means walking alone.

If I get anywhere with anything I pursue, it will be by the grace of God mixed with my sacrifice, effort and hard work.

Where do you stand on this matter? Are you buying into the dream their selling you?

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