A cautionary tale about the life of former kingpin Azie Faison, who has become the fabric of street legend Faison was a ninth grade dropout who earned than 100,000 a week selling cocaine in Harlem, New York, during the peak of America s War on Drugs between 1983 and 1990 Faison, along with two partners, was an urban prince with cars, jewels, and people in awe of this million dollar phenomenon at his feet His legacy has been praised by hip hop s top names in their lyrics, and his life was the basis for the urban cult classic film Paid in Full starring Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, and rapper Cam ron and produced by Jay Z s Roc A Fella Films In Game Over, Azie brings forth a powerful memoir of New York s perilous drug underworld and music industry, with an intellect and wisdom to empower and challenge the street culture he knows so very well....
|Title||:||Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler|
|Publisher||:||Atria Books August 7, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||685 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler Reviews
Phenomenal book! I've had the Game Over documentary over ten years now; GREAT documentary! The book goes more into detail of what Azie's life was like; the good times and trails and tribulations. Paid in Full is an entertaining movie but I knew the true story before it came out so it was a bit of a let down to see Damon Dash dropped the ball because he claims so much that he is "Harlem" & "Authentic." I'm cool with Dame Dash but he could have done the story justice plus MAKING sure contractually that the Porter family and Azie was compensated correctly. Paid in Full didn't give the facts of the story, another loosely "based on a true story" movie like American Gangster. Frank Lucas was NOT the man Nicky Barnes was, Frank Matthews, or Pee Wee Kirkland. The book Game Over tells a story of a young kid with nothing tempted by the devil to change his situation and the consequences of those actions. It shows how Azie, Rich Porter, and Alpo influenced rappers and teens of their day and generations of rappers and teens after them to live the FACADE we see today in 2016 30 years later. The game is fake and Blacks and Latinos are suffering from the laws put in place by the government knowing we are not responsible for the drugs and guns in our community. Game Over is a must read if you think you know about the the drug game, want to get into the drug game, or want away out of the drug game.
This book was okay for what it is. When I first begin reading it, I was like read, turn the page, read. Tedious repetition. It came off a little repetitive with the money, cars, and clothes scene. The narrative of the author's life was like one big rap video. Plus, the story reminded me of one of those urban novels. However, the story did get good when at a huge turning point in the author's life, he starts to do some soul searching. While I've heard stories like his before, it's refreshing that there are brothers like him telling the truth about the game. The game called drugs and how it affects lives.
This book is definitely a great read. I read the previous reviews and decided to buy the book. This turned out to be a great decision. Let me start by saying, I have purchased a lot of books and other items from Amazon over the years, but this is the first item that I have ever written a review about.
I spent most of my teen-young adulthood hanging in Harlem (Rooftop, Rutgers, S&S Club) during the mid 80's and early 90's. The legend of Alpo, Azie and Rich Porter was larger than life. I remember Alpo and company showing out doing donuts on their motorcycles in the middle of 125th on hot summer nights. I had a boyfriend at the time who's biggest dream was to get "put on" by one of them. I remember being a young, ghetto girl and thinking that having a big time drug dealer for a man was something to aspire to. I remember when Azie was shot up on the Concourse, and Rich Porter's little brother was kidnapped. I remember how once they were gone, the cycle of destruction in the hood continued like they never existed.
I just had to write a review on this book! I've actually never heard of Azie Faison until I saw Paid in Full for the first time in Feb 2009. This movie was extremely confusing to me but when I saw that it was based on a true story, I wanted more information which is what lead me to this book. From the very first page, I knew that this was going to be a page turner. I could not put the book down either! I started reading it Friday night and finished Saturday morning. I love how well written and easy to read it was. It was almost like he was telling you his story directly and he gave you a feel of his emotions/opinions & thoughts towards different suitations. He allows you to fully understand what he's gone through & I am beyond happy that I purchased this book. It's definitely a must read!