Fairfax, Virginia (PressExposure) July 18, 2007 -- I Will Not Lose!: Finding Inspiration from the Words of Jay-Z, Hip-Hop's Greatest Hustler is a compilation of almost 300 quotes from the song lyrics of rapper/music mogul Jay-Z's music about the "peaks and valleys" in the pursuit of success. Jay's lyrics about his past life as a street hustler to his present life as the most respected and influential rapper in the music industry and successful music tycoon give insight on issues of the human condition like poverty, wealth, competition, discipline, risk-taking, pain, love, hate, downfalls and accomplishment.
"When you listen to Hip-Hop, you have to learn to listen to it differently. Don't expect to hear what you want to hear. Rappers are not teachers (except for KRS-One!) trying to explain to you how things work, step-by-step. You often have to dig deep into the lyrics to find the inspiration that lies beneath the surface. The problem is we're too busy dancing or bopping our heads and lost in the beat!" said the author, Duane Lawton.
Lawton continues, "Jay-Z's life is an inspiration in itself. He came from little, raised in a housing project in Brooklyn, New York. Like so many who grow up in that type of environment, he got involved in the street life; drugs, violence and fast money. Yet he makes it out to become one of Hip-Hop's greatest MCs (if not the greatest) and now the kid from Brooklyn is a music mogul and also successful in other businesses like fashion; plainly; he's an American icon..."
The e-book is the first to thoroughly analyze the lyrics of Jay-Z and is for all those who love Hip-Hop but it's also for those who don't care much for Hip-Hop music and may have never even heard of Jay-Z. The street hustler principles of Jay-Z can be applied to the everyday man's hustle. "I Will Not Lose..." is a self-help book; hip-hop style.
Each lyric is translated, if needed (for the Hip-Hop impaired) and punctuated with Lawton's insight on what makes the lyric inspirational. The lyrics spotlighted in "I Will Not Lose..." by Jay-Z, one of Hip-Hop's greatest hustlers, a young man who is the hero in one of America's most compelling rags to riches success stories, will inspire readers to achieve incredible success in their own lives no matter what 'hood you're from.