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Most anyone who listens to Hip hop music, at one time or another,  has heard the stories rumors and innuendos of what started the East Coat and West Coat rap wars. This is the perfect place to begin if you haven’t heard these stories. Faith Evans writes this book from the first person view that she was a church girl gone off the road in pursuit of fame. This is definitely a tale of what happens when you take your eyes off the road and veer to uncharted paths. It’s an amazing take of a young woman, who unlike most of our urban heroes, actually had a strong support system but chose a different road completely.

Faith is brutally honest on her influences and actions as she walked away from an early gospel career and joined Bad Boy Entertainment. The professional and personal climate change in the studios and on the streets as Notorious Big became a superstar is revisited in detail. She takes you on her travels for her first promotional tours with 112, and Junior Mafia as “The First Lady of Bad Boy”. Details of her wedding day to  Notorious BIG are also provided. She walks you through the the infamous hotel incident with Tupac.  She pulls no punches when discussing Lil’ Kim and  her interactions with the entire Bad Boy Family. In the midst of all of the craziness, she was struggling to hold on to her faith as a woman of God. She constantly questioned her actions at those moments when she clearly heard the voice of God advising her against something.

The end result is a vivid, often haunting autobiography that unites a fascinating life with a voice gifted enough to provide all the details.

This is a definite must read if you are looking for a tale of redemption and forgiveness.

“KEEP THE FAITH A MEMOIR” BY FAITH EVANS

Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN-10: 0446199516

ISBN-13: 978-0446199513

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