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Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

Posted at 12:36PM Sunday 31 Aug 2014

Rappers taking on book publishing has become something of a trend. 50 Cent has his own imprint with Gallery Books; Simon & Schuster has Cash Money Content, run by the heads of Cash Money Records, home to Drake and Nicki Minaj. Titles on these imprints are often classified as "street lit" or "urban fiction": gritty, hard-boiled stories about gangsters, crime and the streets. But Prodigy (author of debut novel, H.N.I.C) is not a fan of those labels, and neither is his publisher, Johnny Temple, of Akashic Books.

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