Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Real Iceberg Slim

I have a song on Believing In Greatness titled "Iceberg Slim." Being from the Bay Area, it was tough not to be influenced by the pimp game, even though I never became one. But the art of "macking" was never foriegn to me. The song is an ode to the lifestyle that many have come to glorify, but know little about. But here is a little background on the who the real "Iceberg Slim" was. "Pimp" is required reading for anyone infatuated with "The Life."

Iceberg Slim aka Robert Beck (August 4, 1918 – April 28, 1992) was a reformed pimp and American author of urban fictionTaking "Iceberg Slim" as an assumed name, Robert started pimping at 18, and continued until age 42, when he decided against it in 1960, after a final 10-month prison stretch in solitary confinement.[2] At that point, he decided to write about his past instead. Slim moved to California in the 1960s to pursue writing under the Iceberg Slim pen-name.

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