Written by Lamont Carey and performed at HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.
About Lamont Carey: A man that survived the gangs, prison and found that the only way to live and succeed is to know and tell the truth about oneself and the streets. He has written five other books, The Hill, The Wall, Dead Before 18: Saving Our Boys From the Streets, Reach Into My Darkness and Your Art Is Your Empire. He has been featured on Def Poetry Jam, The Wire, Kendrick Lamar, and he’s an international motivational speaker.
About Def Poetry Jam: Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry, better known as simply Def Poetry Jam was a spoken word poetry television series hosted by Mos Def and airing on HBO between 2002 and 2007. The series features performances by established and up-and-coming spoken word poets. Performances also include special appearances by well-known actors and musicians, as well as occasional performances by Mos Def himself.