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Kanye West Owes Me $300 - And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big

Jensen Karp

"Kanye West Owes Me $300 might be the funniest rap memoir ever." -LA Weekly After Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend-and then almost became a star. When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey-one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19. Now, in Kanye West Owes Me $300, Karp finally tells the true story of his wild ride as "Hot Karl," the most famous white rapper you've never heard of. On his way to (almost) celebrity, Jensen shares his childhood run-ins with rock-listening, southern California classmates, who tell him that "rap is for black people," and then recounts his record-breaking rap battling streak on popular radio contest "The Roll Call"-a run that caught the eye of a music industry hungry for new rap voices in the early '00s. He also introduces his rap partner, Rickye, who constitutes the second half of their group XTra Large; his supportive mom, who performs with him onstage; and the soon-to-be-household-name artists he records with, including Kanye West, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, and will.i.am. Finally, he reveals why his album never saw the light of day (two words: Slim Shady), the downward spiral he suffered after, and what he found instead of rap glory. Full of rollicking stories from his close brush with fame, Karp's hilarious memoir is the ultimate fish-out-of-water story about a guy who follows an unlikely passion-trying to crack the rap game-despite what everyone else says. It's 30 Rock for the rap set; 8 Mile for the suburbs; and quite the journey for a white kid from the valley. From the Hardcover edition.

"Kanye West Owes Me $300 might be the funniest rap memoir ever." -LA Weekly After Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend-and then almost became a star. When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey-one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19. Now, in Kanye West Owes Me $300, Karp finally tells the true story of his wild ride as "Hot Karl," the most famous white rapper you've never heard of. On his way to (almost) celebrity, Jensen shares his childhood run-ins with rock-listening, southern California classmates, who tell him that "rap is for black people," and then recounts his record-breaking rap battling streak on popular radio contest "The Roll Call"-a run that caught the eye of a music industry hungry for new rap voices in the early '00s. He also introduces his rap partner, Rickye, who constitutes the second half of their group XTra Large; his supportive mom, who performs with him onstage; and the soon-to-be-household-name artists he records with, including Kanye West, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, and will.i.am. Finally, he reveals why his album never saw the light of day (two words: Slim Shady), the downward spiral he suffered after, and what he found instead of rap glory. Full of rollicking stories from his close brush with fame, Karp's hilarious memoir is the ultimate fish-out-of-water story about a guy who follows an unlikely passion-trying to crack the rap game-despite what everyone else says. It's 30 Rock for the rap set; 8 Mile for the suburbs; and quite the journey for a white kid from the valley. From the Hardcover edition.
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"Kanye West Owes Me $300 might be the funniest rap memoir ever." -LA Weekly After Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend-and then almost became a star. When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey-one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19. Now, in Kanye West Owes Me $300, Karp finally tells the true story of his wild ride as "Hot Karl," the most famous white rapper you've never heard of. On his way to (almost) celebrity, Jensen shares his childhood run-ins with rock-listening, southern California classmates, who tell him that "rap is for black people," and then recounts his record-breaking rap battling streak on popular radio contest "The Roll Call"-a run that caught the eye of a music industry hungry for new rap voices in the early '00s. He also introduces his rap partner, Rickye, who constitutes the second half of their group XTra Large; his supportive mom, who performs with him onstage; and the soon-to-be-household-name artists he records with, including Kanye West, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, and will.i.am. Finally, he reveals why his album never saw the light of day (two words: Slim Shady), the downward spiral he suffered after, and what he found instead of rap glory. Full of rollicking stories from his close brush with fame, Karp's hilarious memoir is the ultimate fish-out-of-water story about a guy who follows an unlikely passion-trying to crack the rap game-despite what everyone else says. It's 30 Rock for the rap set; 8 Mile for the suburbs; and quite the journey for a white kid from the valley. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Chris MacDonnell

Length:

6h 5m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:12


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:11


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:53


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:49


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:26


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:44


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:33


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:10


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:14


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:05


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:57


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:57


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

00:12


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

00:24