From Rapper to Author
by Yvette King
Better known to the masses as one third of the hop hop group, The Lox, David Styles also known as Styles P or “The Ghost” is set to drop not an album but his debut novel on June 1, 2010. Styles P is taking his pen game to the next level with his first work of fiction, Invincible. Usually, the Queens native, collaborates with his D-Block family, Jadakiss and Sheek Louch. You probably remember “Money, Power, Respect” featuring Lil Kim and DMX or his gold solo classic A Gangter and A Gentleman. This time out, it seems quite fitting that he would team up with “the queen of hip hop fiction,” Nikki Turner and Random House for a different kind of collabo as he enters into the world of street literature.
Styles P has always had respect and street credibility as a hardcore lyrical assassin with a conscience on the mic and he is now parlaying that into the world of literature as an author. Invincible is described as an action packed mystery adventure.
Styles P tells the story of Jake Billings, a record store owner who ends up in prison and fighting for his life. Billings lives by the credo “trust no one.” Hustling, gangs, prison, death threats, women and drama is what you can expect from Invincible. It has already received some positive testimonials from noteable authors in the street literature genre such as K'wan, Shannon Holmes, Wahida Clark and Ashley & JaQuavis.
How does a rapper turn into an author? For some rappers, it might seem like a stretch. It was a natural progression as the art of storytelling and painting a picture with words are the foundation for hip hop music. Styles P always wanted to write a book and he decided that he had nothing to lose and seized the moment. Knowing the streets and already having a built in fan base did not hurt his mission of becoming an author. Life experiences, struggles, dealing with the politics of the business of music and a stint in prison for assault prepared Styles P for this latest opportunity to be creative.
It all started when he forgot to bring a book while traveling. He decided to occupy his flight time with his thoughts and Blackberry. The end result was Invincible. Styles P takes credit for writing all of the ideas with help from an editing team to pull it all together.
Styles P is not content just waiting for things to happen. He is constantly putting in work day in and day out to make his dreams become reality. He has already dropped the mixtape, The Ghost-Dub Dime and he is slated to release the Invincible soundtrack simultaneously with the book. If that is not enough, he has started working on his second novel, his solo project, The Lox next joint, and films for DVD release. The internet is already buzzing about “Man Hunt” the first leak from the Invincible soundtrack, which has Styles P teamed up with his partner in rhyme, Jadakiss.
Styles P's rap career is far from over. There is definitely more music on the horizon. When he has finally decided to put the microphone down for good, the door is open to transition from rapper to author. For more information about Invincible the novel and soundtrack, check out StylesP.net
Yvette King is a contributing writer for The Urban Book Source.
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