Rico, born and raised in Harlem, New York is tired of being broke.
Still living at home with his mother, who is a drug addict, he finds
himself trying to think of new ways to get money. Crossing paths
with the notorious “Smoke” Rico’s life turns into a roll-a-coaster.
Strap up and enjoy the ride as Silk White takes you into a life in the
streets as you find yourself wrapped into some of the deadliest sins:
lust, greed, envy, anger and pride.
Find out how Rico engages into the street life, so deep, that marriage
seem to be his only option with no plans of divorce.
Will Rico make it out the game before it’s to late? Or will his life
benefit the lives of others around him?
Join Rico as he takes you on a ride you won’t forget.
When Rico stepped in his crib, his mother Janet was playing cards with her get high partner Pam. “Where have you been all day?” Janet asked, with her two eyes looking like peppermint balls.
“What da fuck does it matter where I have been all day”? Rico shot back.
“You better watch your got damn mouth boy, I am still your mother and you will respect me”
Rico ignored his mothers comment as he walked in his room and slammed the door behind him. Rico threw his food on the dresser and went straight to his radio and threw on his theme song, “Ballin” by Jim Jones. He then sat down and enjoyed his food. he spent most of his time either out in the streets, or his just so he didnt have to hear his mother huffing, and complaining about petty shit.
The next day Rico was sitting in his room chilling with Trina waiting for J Murder to come home from the gym. They both had a nervous look on their faces.
“So what’s with ya big plan”? Trina asked.
“It’s simple, you know Teddy right?”
“The Jamaican dat sells weed?” she asked.
“Yeah we gonna rob that nigga tonight!”
“Rob him wit what”? Trina asked.
“Wit these” Rico said pulling out two B.B. guns. He knew this was a big risk he was taking, but it was either this, or be broke, and being broke was something he couldn’t do anymore.
“Ain’t thoses B.B. guns”? Trina asked examining one of the toy guns.
“Yeah” Rico smiled.
“So what happens if you got to shot him?” Trina said placing the B.B. Gun back on the dresser.
“Don’t worry about all that just let me and J handle this” Rico told her.
“All I know is ya’ll better get that money” Trina said playfully. As Rico and Trina continued to talk, Rico heard a knock at the door. When he looked through the peep hole he saw that it was J Murder.
“What’s good, you ready to go handle dis”? Rico asked giving J-Murder a pound.
“Let’s go get dis money” J-Murder answered quickly. Rico handed J Murder a B.B. gun and a ski mask as the two headed out. the door. As Rico and J Murder headed to Teddy’s crib they ran into Smoke coming out of Teddy’s building.
“What’s good boys?” He greeted the two young gansters.
“Chillin Smoke, tryin to get dis money” Rico said proudly.
“I’m gonna give ya’ll niggas a little advice” Smoke said. “Make sure ya’ll niggas know what ya’ll getting into before ya’ll just jump into shit, cuz its real out here in these streets you gotta be ready for anything” He said lifting up his shirt and showing Rico and J-Murder the butt of his Desert Eagle. “But yo I gotta go check up on some shit B, I’ll holla at ya’ll niggas later ya’ll hold it down out here” Smoke said as he went on about his business.
When Rico and J-Murder finally made it to Teddy’s door both men threw on their ski mask and pulled out their B.B guns. J-Murder was just about to kick Teddy’s door in when he saw some hood rat bitch get off the elevator on Teddy’s floor.
“Move bitch and I’ll blow ya fuckin brains out!” J-Murder said as he aimed the B.B gun at her head. Rico then grabbed a hand full of the hood rat’s weave.
“Get over here bitch, knock on the fuckin door and tell Teddy you need some weed or I’mma kill you” Rico growled as he pressed the B.B. gun in the back of the hood rats head.
“Okay, okay just don’t hurt me” The girl said as she knocked on the door.
“Who is it?” Teddy screamed from behind the door.
“It’s me Sandy” The hood rat said in a friendly tone. When J-Murder saw the door crack he pushed his way inside and bust Teddy in the head with the toast (gun), sending Teddy crashing to the floor.
“Yo what da Bumbaclot” Teddy yelled as he hit the floor. Rico then threw the hood rat bitch on the floor next to Teddy.
“Okay mufucka, I’m only gonna ask you once, where’s da shit?”
“Me have no clue what you talk bout” Teddy replied
WHACK! J-Murder cracked him with the toast again. “Open ya mouth mufucka!”
“Okay, okay mon” Teddy said raising his hand not wanting to get hit again. “I got 15 pounds of Skunk in the bathroom, and I got $10,000 dollars in the bedroom under the mattress, just don’t kill me” he said holding his bloody forehead. Rico held Teddy and the hood rat bitch at gun point, while J-Murder went and searched the bathroom and the bedroom. When J Murder got in the bathroom he looked under the sink and found two duffle bags full of weed, he threw both duffle bags around his neck and headed to the bedroom. He violently threw the mattress off the bed and found $10,000 cash along with a .45 hand gun. He quickly threw the money in one of the duffle bags and put the heat in his waistband, and headed back to the living room.
“What’s up everything straight”? Rico asked with a desperate look in his eyes.
“Yeah everything good!” J-Murder smiled.
“Aight hold me down while I tape these mufuckas up” Rico said.
After Rico taped Teddy and the hood rat up him and J-Murder quickly exited Teddy’s crib. By the time they reached the building Trina was right their waiting for them.
“So what’s up everything went alright?” Trina asked as they got on the elevator.
“Yo we gonna talk when we get upstairs, you never know who’s listening” Rico stated with sweat trickling down the side od his face. When they made it to J-Murder’s room he dumped everything on his bed. Rico then took the $10,000 kept $4,000 for himself, gave J $4,000 and gave Trina $2,000.
“Yo, this right here is just the beginning B.” Rico said counting his money. Inside he felt good, not because he had some money now, but because if he knew if he ever had to do it again he could.
“So how ya’ll gonna sell that weed?” Trina asked sniffing one of the big bags of weed.
“Yo first thang tomorrow I’m gonna holla at dat nigga Goggles. I’m gonna have dat nigga move it all for us” Rico said.
“And what makes you think he’s just gonna sell 15 pounds of weed for us when he got his own shit? J-Murder asked.
“Cuz I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” Rico said smiling.
“Oh shit! I almost forgot to show you what else we got from Teddy” J-Murder said pulling out the .45
“That’s what’s up, let me see that hammer (gun), yo we gotta share this shit” Rico said looking like a psycho with the gun in his hand. “Let me hold this shit down in the daytime and you can hold it down at night when you get home from the gym”
“Sounds good to me” J-Murder said. “But yo I gotta get some sleep right now B so I’m gonna holla at ya’ll tomorrow”
“Aight my nigga I’m gonna go take this shit to Trina’s crib, cause knowing my luck, my Mom’s might fuck around find it and sell it before I can” Rico said playfully. While Rico walked Trina to her crib he felt tougher and braver carrying the heat (gun). When they made it to Trina’s crib Rico made sure she was straight, kissed her on the cheek and broke out.
A native of Harlem, New York, Silk White began his writing career in 2006. He is the author of the three part Urban Fiction series Tears of a Hustler and Co-Owner of Good2Go Publishing and Good2Go Films. Silk has No Way Out and Black Barbie as a film credit under Good2Go Films and in his spare time, loves to write and act. He is currently producing a new movie and is hard at work on his next novel.
Interview with Silk White
1. Tell me about the finale to your critical acclaim trilogy Tears of a Hustler?
This book is the finale to a trilogy that was written 2 years ago. We took our time with releasing part 2&3 to help build up our fan base in between releases. It’s a classic finale that all our loyal fans have been waiting for. I promised I wouldn’t let them down and according to the reviews we have received so far, everyone is happy. Check amazon.
2. What made you decide to start your own publishing company rather than signing with an establish publisher?
Well after Tears of a Hustler PT 1 was released I had several offers on the table, but from a business standpoint it just made more sense to release my titles under my own company. In the short term it’s a lot of work because you have to build your fan base one fan at a time, because you don’t have any distribution. But once you’ve established your brand like we have, you make 100% of the profit. At the rate we’re going we should be one of the biggest independent african american owned publishing companies out there in a few years. We’ve reached over 70,000 households in two years with no help. Right now we have good2go publishing and good2go films our movie Production Company and Third Lane Marketing.
3. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Writing was a natural process for me, growing up in the environment that I grew up in and my life experiences help enhanced my already vivid imagination. My ability to translate my imagination thru writing was a god gifted talent that I discovered when I was going thru unforeseen circumstances.
4. What’s the best thing about being an author?
I really appreciate all the love and support that I get from the fans. They are the ones that keep me motivated. It’s amazing to see all the support that I get from all parts of the country, outside the country also. Shout out to all my UK Fans. I never thought that one day my work would have reached over 70,000 households.
5. What are you working on now?
Well I just wrapped up my 5th book which is slated to be released Nov 25 2011. Its called The Teflon Queen. So be on the look out for that. You can pre-order an autograph copy now from www.good2gopublishing.com I also just finished shooting my 2nd movie under good2go films its called Black Barbie. The first movie is called No Way Out you can get that at www.good2gofilms.com
6. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
This piece of advice is not just for writers but any aspiring entrepreneurs out there. Especially, the youth coming from underprivileged communities. Sometimes in life we get a bad hand to play with. You have to make the best out of the hand you’re given. The best piece of advice I can give is, spend all your time and energy focusing on accomplishing your goals whatever it may be, you’re going to get results. Surround yourself with good people you trust, Sleep 5hrs work 19hrs.
I just want to say Thanks to everyone out there for the love and support. Keep supporting me and Good2go Publishing
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