Rappers Common and Rick Ross have new books that will be hitting shelves before the year’s end.
Following the success of his memoir One Day It’ll All Make Sense, Common is set to release second one, Let Love Have the Last Word, May 7. The Chicago MC tweeted his inspiration for the book, writing, “I wanted 2 write a book 2 share what I learned about what LOVE is and how I failed with LOVE. I wanted to share my experiences to inspire other people 2 share as well as connect w/ LOVE! ‘Let LOVE have the last word.’”
Miami spitter Rick Ross’s first book, Hurricanes, is a memoir that will examine the Southern rapper’s upbringing, career as a corrections officer and rise to hip-hop stardom.
“In Hurricanes, Ross moves beyond the headlines, opening up about the experiences that inform his creative process, reads a press release. “His upbringing in Carol City. His past as both a drug dealer and correctional officer. His scuffles in the streets and in the industry. The seizures. The drive-by shootings. The 2015 arrest on kidnapping and assault charges. It is a remarkable story of not only surviving the storms of life but reaching the highest levels of achievement in spite of them.”
Ross added, “My story has always been deeper than rap…. With this book I wanted to go deeper than I ever have. I wanted to tell people about the life of William Leonard Roberts.”
Hurricanes will be available September 3.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.