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The self-proclaimed "Mayor of Miami" Trick Daddy exploded onto America's pop culture landscape as one of the pioneers of Dirty South rap. His 2001 album, Thugs Are Us, established him, as one critic wrote, "alongside Ludacris and Mystikal as one of the few nationally championed Dirty South rappers and catapulted him onto the playlist of every urban radio station in America, not to mention MTV."

Widely credited with infusing hip hop with new life, he has been one of the most prolific southern talents since his introduction on Uncle Luke's timeless 1996 dance floor staple, "Scarred". 

Magic City: Trials of a Native Son chronicles Trick Daddy’s story against the backdrop of Miami, the Magic City. Beginning in the McDuffie riots as the city burned with racial tension, it is an extraordinary story of a childhood marked by poverty, a crime-laden adolescence, an incarceration, a meteoric rise to fame, and a struggle with a potentially fatal medical condition. 

It's the story of a boy whose father was a pimp, who, left to his own devices, learned to hustle to survive and whose only role model was his brother, the drug dealer he watched playing his trade on the block. But while his story is remarkable, the most astonishing part is that he is not only still alive, but that he got out. 

Magic City: Trials of a Native Son is the story of how that potent mixture of extremes; the dazzling beauty and glittering wealth of the Magic City; and the crime, the corruption, and the despair playing out in its shadows gave rise to what has now become the most dominant sound in hip hop, in the process revitalizing a stagnant art form. Magic City, told in Peter Bailey's artful prose, is an ode to the city of Miami, a riveting tale of a paradise lost. 

"A vivid story about Miami's countercultural history." (Jon Caramanica - The New York Times)

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©2010 Maurice Young and Peter Bailey (P)2021 Maurice Young and Peter Bailey

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Sheer, Brutal Poetry

Only a rapper could tell Trick Daddy's life story. And that rapper is the man himself. Magic City is the gripping manifesto of a man who was born to lose in the "United States of Amerikkka". Daddy spits unapologetically onto the page, touching on the history behind the systemic racism that stole opportunities, leaving only prostitution, welfare babies, drug trafficking and petty crime, for even the most brilliant. The flooding of Miami and other American cities with cocaine (crack, in particular) that fed the Prison Industrial Complex, now bulging at the seams with the Black and the poor. The brutality of what happens inside prison is related unflinchingly. Unreal horrors beyond my understanding of how humans can do these things to other humans... I know all of the history behind what created a Trick Daddy and the environment he grew up in: Chattel slavery, the Black Codes, and Jim Crow; night riders of the Klan and resentful White mobs that stole dreams through terrorism; the Slave Patrols that morphed into the modern day police; systemic racism and implicit bias. Trick only related to me from the inside, the feelings, impulses and forces that whirl people around on the edges of our so-called civilized society and makes them what they are. If you are ready for the truth I recommend this book. You may find you're not ready after all.

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Great book

🔥🔥🔥🔥. This book was great. The mayor of Miami. Trick Daddy is the GOAT. DAde County 305.

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Wow!!!

When Trick said he was a Thug he was most definitely not lying! I know this has to be made into a movie! Incredible true story!

At first I wanted the narration to be done by Trick himself because I love to hear his hilarious raw interviews, but the narrator was great and painted so many vivid pictures.

305 Miami-Dade County represent!

It’s clear that Trick Daddy is very smart, he really understands people and their motives, and has a lot of compassion. But don’t mess with him! Because even to this day he’ll still beat the dog shit outta you!!! Kimbo style! Lol!!!!!!!


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baited into thinking trick narrated the book

The story was ok. However the biggest let down was trick only narrating the introduction.