Monthly Archives: September 2016

Kanye West Owes Me $300

Jensen Karp is my new hero. He had a huge contract with Interscope Records and was set to be the next white rap icon. What happened? That’s for me to know and you to find out by reading his fabulous new memoir.

Not only does Jensen Karp aka Hot Karl, know how to rhyme, he knows how to write. I loved this book. Being of a slightly (ever so slightly) older crew than him, I grew up with the same music he did. The difference is that I didn’t come to my love of hip hop and rap until I was much older. Though I didn’t really appreciate the disses of Dave Matthews Band (anyone who knows me knows I would be offended), I really appreciated his story about feeling like an outsider while looking like he should fit in.

I think the best part of his story isn’t necessarily the celebrities he met (thought the chapter on the RZA from Wu Tang Clan is awesome), I think the best part of his story is his recognition that he was way over his head most of the time. It is refreshing to read a memoir from someone who admits that he was lost, but doesn’t play on that. He fakes it. Well.

I am not going to give any more away from this book as I really, really think you should read it yourself. I really liked it. The title alone made me laugh. There are more laugh out loud moments, especially from anyone who grew up with this music and in the 90s. I will say my only complaint with the book is he refuses to name the big time tv star he almost slept with who had poor hygiene. I am DYING to know if my guess is correct.

I received my copy of this book from blogging for books and received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed herein are mine and mine alone.

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Unfair

Law professor Adam Benforado writes an unforgettable, conversational book about the criminal justice system. His basic proposition is that the criminal justice system, even if it operated as intended, will always result in innocent people being convicted and injustices would still occur. Benforado argues that there needs to be an overhaul of the entire system.

The only things I really remember from studying criminal law in law school (other than some of the landmark Supreme Court decisions) is how difficult the system is. This book does a good job of stating how difficult the criminal justice system is and how hard it is to find fairness in an inherently unfair system.

The book delves into some difficult territory and provides an explanation about how much of what is happening today is actually happening. I breezed through this book. It has a conversational tone and Benforado does a good job of breaking complicated issues into things you can understand. If you have any interest in or are concerned about the criminal justice system in this country, this book is definitely a must read.

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