Buck has ratings and reviews. Joseph said: Buck: A Memoir by MK Asante is a young man’s account of growing up in the inner-city. Asante has an. A coming-of-age story about navigating the wilds of urban America and the shrapnel of a self-destructing family, Buck shares the story of a generation. MK Asante grew up in in north Philadelphia or as he calls it, “Killadelphia.” In his new memoir, Buck, he details how he went from a drug.

Author: Dozil Mekora
Country: Russian Federation
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Software
Published (Last): 21 February 2014
Pages: 263
PDF File Size: 20.98 Mb
ePub File Size: 4.63 Mb
ISBN: 765-4-86823-939-3
Downloads: 97958
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Nikole

Buck is a powerful memoir of how a precocious kid educated himself through the most unconventional teachers—outlaws and eccentrics, rappers and mystic strangers, ghetto philosophers and strippers, and, eventually, an alternative school asaante transformed his life with a single blank sheet of paper.

Things don’t look so great for Malo, the young buck. A two parent household doesn’t guarantee one will be kept from the vices of the hood. But things fell apart, and a decade later MK was in America, a teenager lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence on the streets of North Philadelphia.

In a world turned upside down by violence, escaping the danger is often not a simple solution.

Buck — MK Asante

It is an up-to-the-minute update on reality as we enter the second decade of the millennium. Inspired by Your Browsing History. That refers to violence from where I’m from, ‘Killadelphia. Buy the Audiobook Download: Asante Malo has written an incredible memoir of his adolescence in Philadelphia. Now he was alone—his mother in a mental hospital, his father gone, his older brother locked up in a prison on the other side of the country—and forced to find his own way to survive physically, mentally, and spiritually, by any means necessary.

But for no other group in America is this transition as dangerous as for young black men. When Malo is arrested, he refuses to phone his father, not wanting to give into his own need, or to asabte his father’s disappointment. On the other hand, the organization didn’t always seem to be in perfect step with the content of the story; on occasion, his brilliant range of formal approaches looked to be applied somewhat haphazardly. Still, I strongly recommend reading this book, if for no other reason than it will give you insight into the true masterpiece s Aasnte.


How far we seem to have come in ten years, all of us. His rap contains allusions to Rivers, a poem by Langston Hughes.

‘Buck’ Tells Of Wild Childhood In ‘Killadelphia’

But, I thought I ought to show full regard when merited with my rating if I am serious enough to actually have written a review in the first place. Drugs, sex, violence — all conspires to destroy him too. Every time his father loses control of the household, his response is absence.

And there was music.

Urban School in the USA. I think MK has done a superb job in representing his generation.

Buck: A Memoir

In what most claim to be a fair and free society, many do not experience it. But being a true buck is bucking against the status quo, bucking against the statistics, the norm.

His dad was a professor of Afrocentricity Studies, mom only a shell of her former self, encapsulated in mental illness miles away from her butterfly days of dancing and choreography. Memorable autobio delivered direct like a Joe Frazier left hook.

Asante still has a ways to go to break into Literature but his path is true and his talent real. He is left owing over 3 grand to his connection, who bragged that he killed someone who owed him a hundred bucks. And yet, such a narrative is a must read. There are many definitions of the word “buck;” it’s a term for a person, for money, for an act of rebellion, or of sex, and in the end, M.

I do not like hearing base thumping from a car a half mile away. Now he was alone—his mother in an asylum, his father gone, his older brother locked up in a prison on the other side of the country—and forced to find his own way to survive physically, mentally, and spiritually, by any means necessary.

  C707 10M006 PDF

A Memoir Cover of Buck: If this had been a lousy read, my gratuity would have been withholding my review. Not only no, but hell no!

The poem “Buck” is one of zsante own. Carry a piece of it with you forever. Buuck a huge blow to everyone when he draws hard time. If you don’t know the difference between “nigga” and the N word, and who can say it and who can’t, move on to the next selection on the shelf.

I could identify with much of what Asante was experienced. Asante describes his adolescence as, “Me, unsupervised, with my brother gone, my dad gone, my mom gone, and me just on the block in the neighborhood, roaming the streets of Philly – just lost. When you do, you realize that this work of art is not just important, but necessary. Because the book came from her perspective bucck a things that really happened to her, the Malo has no guidance or support in his life.

Angry, profane and beautiful, it honors the best of hip-hop’s literary canon, by producing a work worthy of inclusion. Not every intervention can be as timely, but the results are unequivocal. Story by Candace King.

Buck: A Memoir – Wikipedia

Perhaps a second volume is planned, and the hope for that is, may it be as nourishing and honest as this one has been. It veritably oozes ambition in the best sense possible. MK Asante was born in Mmk to American parents: Dec 07, Benjamin Merryman-Smith rated it really liked it.

A powerful and captivating book. Thankfully, MK does an excellent job of keeping it real. Sep 03, Chris Craddock rated it it was amazing Shelves: