Wild Style. That's the way of Life.
From the Jump: This is required reading for writers; if you don't have a copy, hit up the library, order it online, ask yer bookstore to order it for you.
This book is serious. T-Kid's narration is deep. The stories, numerous stories, are told in a suspenseful and hurried style that allows you to read them quickly and move on to the next. The work presented in the book walks through his evolving career as a writer; it also tells the fascinating story of an 11 yr old Kid, out on the streets of 1972 New York City, living to be a 40 year old Legend still innovating and killing it on the regular. That story, and the whole boat in between.
That is the Bronx to be exact, and them streets in '72 were cold and hard. This boy, writing King13(not yet T-Kid), gets jumped into a gang, leaves that gang to become a Renegade and starts painting trains. Gettn into fights that involve all matter of weapon, including his body; he'll roundhouse kick a fool in the chest, and dropkicks his foes, all during fistfights galore. The knives, the pistols, and the shotties too...huge gang fights Warriors style. Wild Style. From shooting and stabbing enemies, to gettn shot and stabbed, to the drugs, and drug addiction-thru prison time and fights fights fights. Sometimes he's a stick up kid just vampin' people and leaving a trail full of vics in his wake.
This book is just short of 200 pages, printed in Europe(ed: Printed and bound in Germany). O'er there they put the title on the spine upside down-just like Phase2's Style Writing from the Underground. BoOOoooOo on that. On the cover, sans dj, there is a beautiful, gold, Terrible T-Kid 170 tag, ala the On The Run steez. The pages are that OTR style too, heavy quality, top notch. There is so much to mention about this book, lemme just point out things they'll cover:
- From Julius Cavero to T-Kid
- Being a writer, being a father, and being a Style Master
- A quick, pre-Julius family history
- His personal relationships
- The crews, the beef, the gangs, the heat
- From his first piece on a train, and throughout his European trips, to this day, his styles are shown
- back in the days from the trains to the walls
- a'course Flicks Flicks Flicks, the book Kills it with the flicks, sketches, and T-Kid's writings
- Plus-all the decadent things a teenager could get into in NYC in the 70's.
Those heads know who to emulate.
Those styles, the 3ds, the abstracts, and then T-Kid's simples? Yo, his simples got more style than other jacks whole graff careers My favorite style of T-Kids? His Ribbon Style...he pulls that style off and kills it.
I could yip yap about this book for pages, but the point is-The Nasty Terrible T-Kid 170 is a book that writers need to own. So many stories, real emotions, and the straight truth, this book will be utilized in order to try to reconstruct the writing culture after all the world goes fuckd.
This is Wild Style to the fullest.
Don't get vic'd in the meantime.
98% of writers out there will never experience this type of lifestyle; it was a time in New York that begged these ways. Anyways, this is an account of a hardcore writers life, and a book to make one do a double take.
I wouldn't recommend this to any Fam or other people who'd like to learn about the culture. This book is a blueprint of chaos, a manual of practical insanity... No, I wouldn't recommend this book to Mom or Pop, they might decide to lock you up.