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Kanye West Owes Me $300 Audiobook

Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big

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Publisher's Summary

After Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl", the Jewish kid from the LA suburbs who became a rap battling legend - and then almost became a star.

When 12-year-old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey - one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19. Now, in Kanye West Owes Me $300, Karp finally tells the true story of his wild ride as "Hot Karl", the most famous white rapper you've never heard of.

On his way to (almost) celebrity, Jensen shares his childhood run-ins with rock-listening Southern California classmates who tell him that "rap is for black people" and then recounts his record-breaking rap battling streak on popular radio contest The Roll Call - a run that caught the eye of a music industry hungry for new rap voices in the early '00s. He also introduces his rap partner, Rickye, who constitutes the second half of their group, XTra Large; his supportive mom, who performs with him onstage; and the soon-to-be-household-name artists he records with, including Kanye West, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, and will.i.am. Finally he reveals why his album never saw the light of day (two words: Slim Shady), the downward spiral he suffered after, and what he found instead of rap glory.

Full of rollicking stories from his close brush with fame, Karp's hilarious memoir is the ultimate fish-out-of-water story about a guy who follows an unlikely passion - trying to crack the rap game - despite what everyone else says. It's 30 Rock for the rap set, 8 Mile for the suburbs, and quite the journey for a white kid from the valley.

©2016 Jensen Karp (P)2016 Random House Audio

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  • Titus Smith
    09/06/16
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    "Buried the lead"

    Pretty fun stories about an entertaining figure. The most interesting chapter (and the book's namesake) came near the end. Wish it had came sooner. Enjoyable. Worth the download.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • NS3000
    Los Angeles
    11/06/16
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    "Great listen to a great story!"

    It's a compulsive listen that flies by, a crazy trip through the just-before-the-bust music industry.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Kottman
    Muscatine, IA United States
    10/06/16
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    "Great book, great reading"

    Jensen Karp has lived the sort of life that would be hard to believe, but the story is written so earnestly and read so well that you are immediately sucked in and don't doubt for a moment anything that he says. Just an overall fantastic book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Derek S. Boyer
    08/06/16
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    "Book Season in full efect!"

    There's not much more to say than that I'll probably listen to it again tomorrow. Thanks JK.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chad
    08/06/16
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    "Great Storyteller"
    What made the experience of listening to Kanye West Owes Me $300 the most enjoyable?

    Amazing stories. Funny, dated pop culture references. Clever battle rap punch lines.


    What other book might you compare Kanye West Owes Me $300 to and why?

    Gasping for Airtime by Jay Mohr


    What about Jensen Karp and Chris MacDonnell ’s performance did you like?

    Nailed it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    So glad Jensen read the book. I laughed throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Hey Jensen, where can I hear that late 90's demo? Can't wait for the movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ulises Perez
    18/06/16
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    "Funny, well written and interesting story."

    Being a rap and hip hop fan of the late 90's and early 2000's ; I found his story fascinating. Im disappointed that I never heard of him during that time. And even more so that I will never get to hear any music from the album.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer B.
    16/06/16
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    "Fantastic!!!! Great narration."

    Great look into the music industry. Highly recommend this book to anyone. Great lessons on dealing with crap life throws at you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chantell
    14/09/16
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    "I was baited in by the title, but not disappointed"

    Jensen's memoir was well written, humorous, and interesting. I've never heard of hot carl, but enjoyed listening to his journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nate
    29/08/16
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    "Behind the Music, Before the Bust"
    Where does Kanye West Owes Me $300 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A highly entertaining telling from the author about his days as Hot Karl, a west coast "white rapper" who was well on his way to making it big. As a fan of music in general, these were great stories that happen to take place right before the music industry bust in the early to mid 2000's. Not only was the behind the scenes fascinating, but Hot Karl's rise and eventual fall out were incredibly interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kanye West Owes Me $300?

    All of the stories were great, but, much like the title suggests, Hot Karl's early workings with a young Kanye West were a highlight.


    What about Jensen Karp and Chris MacDonnell ’s performance did you like?

    I loved the duality. I don't know if I would have liked it was well if I wasn't hearing these stories directly from Jensen himself. It added authenticity to what he was saying and I loved how he would rap his early disses and rap battle lines. In a stroke of genius, having Chris MacDonnell read the full song lyrics in his "Shakesperian" way added a whole new level.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    These stories made me laugh out loud several times, and while I didn't cry, some of the aspects of Jensen's story are deeply moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if rap isn't really your thing, if you have love of music in any way, this book should be on your list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    28/08/16
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    "Great Listen"

    An interest in 90s pop culture is sufficient to enjoy this book, no need to love rap or hip-hop. Jansen is a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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