Lamont "Big Fridge" Needum
by Seth "Soul Man" Ferranti
Lamont “Big Fridge" Needum is no stranger to controversy. As one of the main members of Columbus, Ohio's Short North Posse his notoriety is well known and detailed in countless newspaper articles as well as his Feds Magazine interview. But pushing that to the side we now take a look at his first novel, Straight Savage, which details the Posse's exploits, fictionally of course. Check out what Fridge has to say.
When did you first get into writing and why?
What is Straight Savage about?
Who better to write about real street shit than a real Street Nigga who was in every form of the trenches you can come up with? I was there when it was $25 off a $100 in '86-87. I was there when the homie's moms started smokin' and so on. That's why the book is so real. Because its real stories and cases and different people's points of views of the game. I've asked my brother why he started smokin'. I've asked homies that I looked up to all my life how they got fucked up when I was on the cut with them at 3:00 am in the snow drinking 151 trying to stay warm and business was slow. I gave up the real. That's what Straight Savage is about, the real, uncut funk.
How did Short Side Publishing come about?
I'm in total control now. But not to lose focus, after I had put my foot in my mouth I had to prove to myself that I'm still a boss even if it's just the boss of me. And since my clique was tight on the street I presented my co-defendant with a full plan on ShortSide Publishing, and he became the feet, and I became the head and the product. See, when you were really about your work in the streets, its hard not to believe in your ace because you know what he's hitting for. That's the definition of the saying "the game don't stop just 'cause a playa gets knocked."
What were your inspirations to write?
Describe your book, how did you come up with it?
Also, when I say I'm writing up I'm talking about the nastiest of all our experiences in the streets, the next evolution is to write about life after the dope game, which is part two to the trilogy, and then comes the next phase of the streets which has to do with Pimpin', and I might have get into the bank thing. I'll cover all aspects of the streets and then move into whatever direction my mind takes me, but never going backward. Not knocking our genre, but there are so many elements to our travel as black folks, and we gotta tell our stories and create our heroes. Where is our 300? Where is our Superman, our Gone With The Wind? Until we get all our stories out we won't look at ourselves as a great people because history is the best compass for where you need to go.
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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