Jimmy Da Saint
by Seth "Soul Man" Ferranti
Jimmy DaSaint is being called the new #1 author of street drama. And with three books out to date and two more on deck Jimmy is doing it from the pen. But it's over for Jimmy DaSaint, he's done his 10 years and now he is breaking out with his own entertainment group, DaSaint Entertainment. Not only will he be putting out Black Scarface the book he co-wrote with Freeway Rick Ross he'll be dropping his debut album also. Yeah, this urban author is also one of the hottest rappers in the feds. But don't take my word for it, check out the Philly native's music and books for yourself.
Who are you and where are you from?
I'm Jimmy DaSaint. I'm a former drug dealer from Philly. The former manager of Oschino & Sparks, two former rap artist from Rocafella Records. In 2000 I was sentenced to 120 months for the distribution of cocaine, after being set-up by a F.B.I. informant. After coming to federal prison I immediately started writing. Then in 2003, my first book got published.
What books do you have out?
I currently have three books published. Money, Desires & Regrets, On Everything I Love and A Rose Among Thorns. In 2009 my fourth novel, Young, Rich, & Dangerous, which will be published by Street Knowledge Books. I will be self-publishing my novels Black Scarface, which is co-written by Freeway Rick Ross and What Every Woman Wants under my company DaSaint Entertainment.
Black Scarface is available now on e-book via www.dasaintentertainment.com, and What Every Woman Wants will be available on e-book as well. Both books will be available in print in spring 2009.
What is up with Black Scarface?
Black Scarface is about to take the urban world by storm! Remember I told you first. So far everyone who has read it loves the book. My good friend Kwame Teague aka Dutch, read it and said he loved the story. When I sat down with Rick and began writing the book, I told him, "let's not just write another urban book that's been told over and over with the same plot, storyline, etc. Let's write a classic! A book that will be talked about for many years to come," and that's what we did. Black Scarface is about to change the game!"
How did you hook up with Freeway Rick?
After I was transferred from Elkton to Texarkana in 2007, I met Rick the first day I got to the compound. It's funny because he lent me his sneakers to use until my property had arrived. Since that day Rick and I have been the best of friends. He's been a positive influence in my life, and I thank God for bringing us together.
What else do you have coming out?
In 2004-2005 I was rated one of the top rappers in the Feds by Behind Bar Entertainment. Since my incarceration I have also been working on my debut album Tears of a Hustler. My new album will be released during the summer 2009. I'm also the only prisoner (federal or state) to be featured on the up-and-coming American Drug War soundtrack coming out soon. I recorded my song over the phone and the producers loved it.
Why did you start writing?
I've been writing all my life. Before writing novels I wrote songs. What inspired me to start writing books was, I had a lot of pain inside me after I came to prison. Writing became my release, and once I started I couldn't stop. Now what motivates me is not just writing any kind of book, but writing books that will touch people's lives.
"Even in darkness, light shines on all who believe"! I love that saying. It describes me to the tee. Only God knows what is next for Jimmy DaSaint. I'm just taking it one day at a time.
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Seth Ferranti is a contributing writer for The Urban Book Source and accomplished journalist having written articles for Don Diva, Slam, King, Feds and many more. View more of his articles at: www.gorillaconvict.com
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