Oakland, CA (PRWEB) May 16, 2008
Community activist/Writer/Producer/Rapper, Robert "Fleetwood" Bowden, began his quest for music supremacy like most starry eyed young artists who seek the glitz and glamour of fame, but the realities of the unscrupulous entertainment industry would soon rear its ugly head and change his life forever. The tumultuous autobiography "Hip-Hop Tried 2 Kill Me" is the journey of a young man trying to find solace in his music, but instead entered a world of power, greed and treachery worse than the streets he was trying to escape. The emotional ride, which included time in prison, would prove to be a path to purpose that not even he had imagined.
Fleetwood began his career in music as a producer in Minneapolis, MN, working with a then unknown artist named RL, who would reach fame with the R&B group Next. Unfortunately his street hustle would cause him to do a stint in jail, offsetting his plans and sending him back to his roots out on the West coast. He returned to San Francisco and produced several groups, one of which was called Probable Cause, which garnered local success. After several hard years of a pounding the pavement and working with local groups including the Federation, as well as a stint hosting his own local video show called "On Da Porch", Fleetwood began to experience first hand just how underhanded the business of music could be and the deception it was feeding the community he loved, so he had to do something about it. "So many young people in the pursuit of Hip-Hop stardom, take their life of poverty and the drug environment and the attraction of crime and put it on display for the world to see," explains Fleetwood, "only to be used and exploited by an even greater enemy and people need to know the reality before they dive in head first."
"Hip-Hop Tried 2 Kill Me" is a compelling testimonial from a rapper turned activist who's journey has caused him to cross paths with the likes of Bubba Hamp, Master P, Harry O, Funk Master Flex, Bizzy Ben, Lenny Williams, San Quinn, Bo Bennett, Three6 Mafia, Messy Marv, E-40, George Clinton, Davey D, Lil Flip, David Banner and many more, as he keeps it real about the game. The autobiography, distributed by Ingram House will be available on May 23rd at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders and pre-orders can be made online at http://www.myspace.com/fleetwood189. The first book signing will be held May 23rd at Marcus Bookstore in Fillmore, CA at 6:30pm.
For interviews with the author contact Octavia Bostick at thawrite1 @ gmail.com. For more information visit http://www.myspace.com/fleetwood189.
About the author - Early in his career, Fleetwood began volunteering for a youth program called Straight Forward Club and started speaking to troubled youth in group homes and in juvenile halls, and was also involved with the Proposition 21 Movement that focused on justice and freedom for youth in California. Today, Fleetwood is a man of God and shares his life experiences in and out of hip hop with inmates in San Quentin Prison, juvenile hall facilities and youth programs across the Bay Area. He has established his own non profit THE HOMEBOY HOTLINE in the bay area which helps ex-offenders with their re-entry into the community through job resources. Fleetwood also launched an inspirational movement in 2008 called the DOPE BOYZ which stands for DOING OUR PART EQUALLY, the mix tape "BLESSING" is on the streets now and the album will go along with the book " HIP HOP TRIED 2 KILL ME".
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