About four months ago I ordered a book from Amazon, it was a book that was on my “because you bought” list. Having been fascinated with the dark underworld of pimps I quickly added “Pimp” by the infamous writer Iceberg Slim. His first publication and autobiography , I was more than excited when this book arrived just a few short days later. It has never been uncommon for me to be reading two or three books at once, however this was one book that had all of my attention. It took me less than three days to finish this fascinating true story of the former pimp, Robert Beck. His way of story telling captured me and made my fascination that much more intense. (I don’t plan on becoming a pimp) This was the first book of many written by Iceberg Slim, of which according to the original publishing house have sold millions upon millions of copies in over eight different languages. Writings so great that you can feel the pain of his heart when he describes his mother’s death or hear the coldness innhis voice as he describes using a wire hanger as a whip. While Slim was a former pimp and a junkie he was and always will be considered a pioneer in the African-American literary genre’. No less and if not more than Donal Goines and Odie Hawkins. It is within the pages of the book “Pimp” that a lot of life’s questions can be answered. Like all things that peak my interest I began researching the life of Beck, the genius behind the words and the stories. The man that offered a look into the deep underworld of pimping.
I was more than elated this past Friday when while at Redbox I came across, “Iceberg Slim, Portrait of a Pimp” a documentary I have been so patiently waiting to be released. I sat in the middle of my bed oblivious to all outside distractions watching intently as the film explored the life from the beginning to the end. Interviews from Slim’s wives, daughters, actors and others who were touched in some way by this man held my attention for nearly two hours. It was no longer the underworld that intrigued me, it was his ability to turn his tragedy into triumph. His way with words that made him more famous than any stable of women ever could. His life and story in so many ways was an inspiration to me as a writer. So, now as I await the rest of my Iceberg Slim collection of books I am more motivated now than ever to continue writing. (and maybe get myself a few hoes. JUST JOKING) I definitely recommend to anyone who has not read “Pimp” to do so, it won’t disappoint.