Cash Money Content To Re-Release Iceberg Slim’s Classic ‘Pimp’ Autobiography

By Allen Starbury  |  05/03/2011

Iceberg Slim - PIMP The Story of My LifeCash Money Content has teamed up with Atria Books for the upcoming re-release of Iceberg Slim's autobiographical novel, Pimp: The Story of My Life.

The book is the debut novel from Iceberg Slim (real name: Robert Beck), which was first released in 1969, and emerged as the definitive chronicle of street life, selling 2.5 million copies.

The book is the first-ever look inside the underground world of black pimps, a world still alive and well today. As a brutally honest storyteller -- who wrote beautifully about the world of a ruthless hustler, a world he knew all too well -- Slim became the originator of "urban street literature."

Similar to rap lyrics, Slim's words explore a subculture of the inner-city underworld. Hip-hop artists Ice-T, Ice Cube and Slim Thug, all cite Iceberg Slim as a key influence in their music.

Brothers Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams, of Cash Money Records' new book imprint Cash Money Content (Atria/Simon & Schuster), have acquired the rights to Iceberg Slim's entire catalog of books and will release all seven novels from the renowned pimp/author.

Pimp is the story of Iceberg's life on the streets of Southside Chicago, where he was born, raised and initiated into the pimp game. Written in authentic Chicago street slang, Slim brings to life personal tales of death, drugs and jail.

The novel takes you into Slim's world with such vivid detail that you can nearly smell, taste and feel his experiences. It shows the intelligence of a hustler who, from age 18 to 40, controlled, manipulated and brutalized women, becoming the nation's most notorious p-i-m-p.

In the foreward of the novel, Slim expresses his remorse for his "ghastly life." He goes on to explain that his purpose in writing the novel and recounting his compelling and vicious tales was born out of his wish to save men and women from a life similar to the one he lived.

"Perhaps one day I can win respect as a constructive human being. Most of all I wish to become a decent example for my children and for that wonderful woman in the grave, my mother," he writes.

In 1960, after several stints in prison -- including 10 months in solitary confinement -- Slim made the decision to abandon the pimp life. In 1969, with a wife and kids to feed, Slim folded his life into the pages of Pimp: The Story of My Life. After, he was catapulted into the public eye as a new American hero, known for speaking the truth whether that truth was ugly, sexy, rude or blunt.

Slim died at age 73; one day before the Los Angeles riots.

Iceberg Slim's seven novels have earned more than $7 million, said a press release, all of which will be re-released through Cash Money Content.

Other books iclude: Trick Baby, his second novel documenting the life of an infamous con-artist, dropping September 13; Long White Con; The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim; Airtight Willie & Me; Death Wish: A Story of the Mafia; and Mama Black Widow.

For more info, visit CashMoneyContent.com.

Pimp: The Story of My Life drops May 10. Order your copy now at Amazon.com.