News: Q-Tip To Ink "Industry Rules" Tell-All Book

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009 5:05PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap pioneer Q-Tip has reportedly decided to ink a tell-all book called Industry Rules which will reflect his rap career including his falling out with A Tribe Called Quest.

Set to be released later this year, Tip will address multiple aspects of his career.

He has signed on the dotted line with Ballantine Books for an unexpected memoir. Titled Industry Rules, Q-Tip is expected to carefully construct his life story that includes growing up in Queens, his rise and fall with A Tribe Called Quest and subsequent solo success thereafter. The book, also in cooperation Random House Publishing Group, which owns Ballatine Books, was sold recently and according to a release is "a creatively constructed telling of his life story". (Examiner)

Other rappers have begun making book deals including Jay-Z who recently confirmed signing a three-release deal.

"Yeah, the other two books though, you know I had to sign that deal," Hov confirmed in an interview. "I've done the deal to do a book and the name of it is called Decoded. It's called Decoded because I'm going to decode all the lyrics from my records. I'm gonna pick the select ones, all the double entendres and things that people may have missed or may have gotten but want confirmation on it. That's what the book is about, it's called Decoded." (V103)

Ghostface Killah will also release his own graphic novel later this month.

To his fans, Cole Dennis is a heavyweight contender with a devastating right hook. To a city being held hostage to chaos and terror, Dennis has a grit and charisma that make him the shining hope for justice--until he is arrested for a brutal murder. Framed for a crime he did not commit, he finds himself captive in a foreboding high-tech superprison whose masters secretly conspire to turn inmates into tomorrow's most terrifying bioweapons -- with Cole Dennis as the intended prize specimen. But Dennis is nobody's lab rat. Reborn as a towering engine of destruction, Dennis will prepare for the fight of his life. He will rename himself Ghostface Killah. And his cry of righteous rage will echo beyond the cold steel walls of Cell Block Z. (Hachette Book Group)

Tip is also following in Styles P's footsteps as he preps the release of his own book.

"I also got a fiction book coming out," Styles confirmed in an interview. "A fiction novel called Mr. Invincible. That'll be in a couple months, so go support that. I'm getting my author up. I just wanted to make sure I'm comfortable and got a few things I could do that I enjoy doing. I'm a creative person and I like creating. So I just wanted another job where I could create and make some money and doing something that I like to do." (Forbez DVD)

A release date for Industry Rules has not yet been announced.

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