The author of the book entitled
Hip Hop Tried 2 Kill Me
Fleetwood is one person that's had a long journey trying to find the treasures in Hip Hop and, in his days, became a writer, rap artist, music producer, videographer, motivational speaker and a community activist. With roots in both California and North Carolina, Fleetwood embodies the best of both sides of the coast. As much as he has a southern accent, he also has a lot of West Coast flavor. Breaded in San Francisco, he grew up in the neighborhood affectionally known to many as Fillmore a place that was called the Harlem of the West Coast because of its rich history in jazz and culture. But because of strong family ties in the South, Fleetwood often found himself going back and forth from California to Greensboro, North Carolina , which is a place that is popular to black colleges.
In the days of Sugar Hill Gang, Fleetwood developed the passion for rapping after he wrote his first rhyme across the street from a cementary where his mother was buried down South. Later in his life, he got accepted to Music Tech in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he received an Associate Arts Degree in Music Engineering, and while he was living in Minniapolis, MN., he produced a young talented singer known as R.L. before he became popular with the R&B group called Next.
After college and suffering from a temporary setback to the penal code system in Minnesota, Fleetwood returned to San Francisco and produced several groups like a group he named Probable Cause, which sold over 5000 CD's locally and opened up for acts such as the E-40, Notorious B.I.G., Bone Thugs N Harmony, to name a few.
Fleetwood also began appearing in various films directed by a local talent, Kevin Epps, and one film, Straight Outta Hunters Point, became a highly acclaimed film that received numerous awards world wide. In the meantime, Fleetwood got involved in working in the community with young people. He began volunteering for a youth program called Straight Forward Club and started speaking to troubled youth in group homes and in juvenile halls, and he also got involved with the Proposition 21 Movement that focused on justice and freedom for youth in California.
Years later, Fleetwood went back to North Carolina and launched a music video show on cable access called the Dirty Dirty that was renamed On Da Porch. And at the same time, he also formed another rap group called The Foundation . Fleetwood would later come back to the Bay Area and feel his demise in Hip Hop. But suddenly a light shined over him and he discovered that the treasures he was in search of in his journey lied within himself. Today, Fleetwood is a man of God and shares his experiences about his life in and outta hip hop with others in San Quentin Prison, juvenile hall facilities and youth programs across the Bay Area and has established his own non profit THE HOMEBOY HOTLINE in the bay area which helps ex-offenders with there re-entry into the community thru job resources.And also has launch a new inspirational GOD fearing movement in 2008 called the DOPE BOYZ which stands fo DOING .OUR. PART. EQUALLY the mixtape "BLESSING" is on the streets now the album will be coming soon in 2008 along with his book " HIP HOP TRIED 2 KILL ME" WIT A SOUNDTRACK
BASICALLY I'M WHAT U SEE AFTER IT RAINS WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT A RAINBOW SHINING MY BRIGHTEST DAYS HAVE COME AFTER MY DARKEST NIGHTS WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES ANOTHER ONE ALWAYS OPENS THIS ALL COMES FROM HAVING FAITH IN WHAT I DON'T AND CAN'T SEE MY LORD MY SAVIOR TRUE STORY I'M NOT PERFECT BUT I DO KNOW GOD DOES HEAR A SINNERS PRAYER
Where to find Fleetwood online
Daddy Was Uh Mobsta
In this urban version of Scarface, Fleetwood captures the southern culture on a cross-country suspense full of love and rage driven by childhood revenge only a father could understand and only a family could appreciate.
After witnessing the ghetto mafia mob style murder of his mother from his kindergarten window, after sitting in a courtroom years later watching his brotha get 20 to life, after watching his hero -- his father -- crumble from cancer and die, after living day in and day out surrounded by the family business -- which was selling dope, DeShawn James struggled to find his own way.
Hip Hop Tried 2 Kill Me
The pursuit of hip hop stardom is a road many travel in the urban community. Taking their life in poverty, drugs, the attraction of crime, & setting it to music for the world to listen to. Only to discover that the music business is more cut throat than the corners in the hood they are trying so hard to escape. Ride along with Fleetwood as he deals with the ups & downs, ins & outs of the rap game.
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