kwame teagueKwame Teague Exclusive

by Seth "Soul Man" Ferranti
January 2007


Kwame Teague is the biggest name in hip-hop fiction that nobody knows. The incarcerated author who is doing two life sentences in North Carolina for crimes he says he is innocent of, penned the Teri Woods produced Dutch series and The Adventures of Ghetto Sam. Clearly Dutch and Dutch II are two of street litís classic and readers have been eagerly anticipating Dutch III for years.

But due to some internal conflicts Dutch III has not seen the light of day, at least through Teri Woods publishing. Here at Urban Book Source we have gotten an exclusive interview with Kwame Teague, one of the hottest authors in urban fiction and the writer who put Teri Woods back on the map (after True to the Game that is.) Meet Kwame TeagueóStraight from the penitentiary.

The biggest question on everyoneís minds is when is Dutch III dropping?
2007. Defnitely 07 and you can hold me to it, insha allah.

What were the causes of delay?
Teri and I are both very driven individuals, so we bump heads often. But I believe we better understand one another and can now move forward.

Besides dropping Dutch III, what else is in the agenda for 07? You mentioned C-murder in our last interview. Doesnít he also have a book out?
No doubt, itís called Death Around the Corner and its that fire. Go cop that now. He did his thing. But thatís just the tip of the barrel, we got a whole clip. Tru Publishing is set to open shop in 07 and out first book is byó I canít even tell you, but because of me cats gonna be like whoa! Then thereís Tru Films and weíre looking to do Dutch the movie by the spring and weíre also looking for street books we can adopt for films as well. We wonít forget the streets when we eat and that there is my word.

Thatís peace. What about your case? Is progress also being made there?
No doubt. Weíre in the process of doing a documentary on it. Also Iím set to go before the courts in early 07 as well. But I still need folks to hit up my MySpace site and whatever else you can do is appreciated.

So in 07 you may be home?
Insha Allah, which means Allah willing.

Youíve been down 13 years, whatís the first thing youíre going to do?
Wifey (smile) that there is my heart. But as far as do do, like moves, Iím a run for President.

Whoa! President of what?
The United States. Iím bugginí, but hey, why not? Here I am in prison for a crime I didnít do and Bush is in the white house for crimes he did (election 2000). Bottom line, as a Muslim and as an artist, I feel a responsibility to be a part of the solution and not the problem. In whatever capacity, whether it be running for President or doing street programs for the kids. My goal ainít a Bentley, or bloody diamonds, shine, stunt, or flash. My goal isnít even to be known for being a part of the solution. I was raised on the rule that says ďthose that know wonít tell you and those that donít know, canít tell you.Ē

Like Dutch said, you canít stop what you canít see.
Exactly.


Related features/articles:

Dutch Trilogy End Dynasty Begins
Kwame Teague Speaks (audio on WBLS Radio with Wendy Williams)
Hip Hop Fiction Beefs


Kwame Teague is the bestselling author of the Dutch Trilogy series. For more information, visit: the offical myspace page of Kwame Teague: www.myspace.com/kwamefreedom


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