Category Archives: street lit

Lexus is paying urban lit authors and rappers! Psyche!!

I came across interesting Tayari Jones post about a Galleycat post that Tayari found interesting.

Lexus is paying (a select group of) authors to write short stories about the Lexus IS F. The 2008 Lexus Original Fiction Series “In The Belly of The Beast” is about a young couple traveling in the car from Brooklyn to The Bay Area. Sounds like a good rap collabo in the making.
Tayari points out the fact that there are literally thousands of Urban Lit authors and rappers in the belly of the beast giving tons of free publicity to Lexus, Cristal and Armani in their works. I have to admit that I couldn’t tell you if what I’m reading is slang or product placement. Red Monkey? Murcielago?

Will the artists and writers get paid by Lexus for endorsing their products? Sure they will. Right? Just like Tommy Hilfiger and Granda Puba. Just like gangsta rap and Glock and Mossberg. Just like R. Kelly and Jeeps. Just like Timbaland and Timberlands. Just like Gucci Mane and Gucci.

But on the flip side, if urban lit authors and rappers didn’t reference material items would the stories be as interesting?

Hate Street Lit? Me, too! What are we going to do about it?

This is a great follow up to the Street Lit is the New Gangsta Rap post.

Felicia Pride of, a prolific literary figure herself, wrote an interesting blog post. Instead of continuing the “street lit is taking us all down” angle, Felicia not only asks “what are you going to do about it?” but also giving some good examples of people who are taking action instead of just taking shots.

Here is the shortlist of movers and shakers:

There is more to be found on that Back List blog post.

I guess this website is my attempt to add my two cents for the sake of adding cents. (By the way, I don’t hate street lit…)