As the old saying goes, the game is to be sold and not to be told. But when it comes to hip-hop, the selling of the telling has become a game in itself. Ever since 50 Cent pocketed a fat advance and hit the New York Times bestseller list with his 2003 memoir From Pieces to Weight, rappers have been hiring ghostwriters and spilling their secrets for anybody with an Amazon Kindle.

Although celebrity autobiographies tend to be cumbersome (with subjects glossing over the more negative details of their lives), there’s a renewed interest in the hip-hop memoir—and the realer, the better. Everybody wants to get into the game, although writing books is easier said than done: Both Diddy and Foxy Brown have been sued by publishers for cashing their advance checks ($325,000 for Puff; $75,000 for Foxy) and then failing to turn anything in.

Earlier this year Prodigy released his incredible book, My Infamous Life, which is filled with insane fights and cocaine use. More recently Common released his memoir One Day It’ll All Make Sense, a treasure trove of groupie tales and Erykah Badu anecdotes. Now Nas seems to be following suit after he recently announced that he’s planning to releases an autobiography next fall, It Ain’t Hard To Tell.

But not all rap memoirs are created equal. Snoop’s book The Doggfather strings the reader along for 240 pages before admitting that he’s not going to give up any juicy details about the nitty-gritty inner workings of Death Row. So which rap autobiographies are really worth reading? Check out this of The 10 Most Shocking Revelations In Rap Memoirs and decide for yourself...

Written by Keenan Higgins

Tags: prodigy, eminem, 50-cent, books, ll-cool-j, russel-simmons
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