“Iceberg Slim has been one of the most influential people in black culture.” – Ice-T
The late Robert Beck, better known as Iceberg Slim, wrote the book on pimping. Literally. His 1967 memoir, “Pimp: The Story of My Life,” is about to be reissued in paperback.
That book opened up a new career for Iceberg Slim as a man of letters. It also launched the whole genre of “urban lit.” Which, in turn, shaped the development of hip-hop.
Now Ice-T wants to make a documentary about Iceberg Slim. Mos Def and Angela Bassett are rumored to be involved in a movie adaptation of Slim’s novel “Mama Black Widow.”
And Slim’s 1976 record album, “Reflections,” has been re-released. With a FREE MP3 for the taking.
I can’t speak on Iceberg Slim as a writer. But I don’t think much of him as a spoken-word performer (notwithstanding the musical backing of Red Holloway’s band). “Reflections” can’t hold a candle to “Hustlers Convention.” (Or even “Eat Out More Often.”)
If you have a contrary point of view, I’ll consider it.
Click here to hear a track called “Broadway Sam” on my Vox blog. To download it, click the title below.
“Broadway Sam” (MP3)
Album available at iTunes Music Store