Iceberg Slim: Life lessons from a pimp-turned-luminary
Jay-Z, Ice Cube, Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle all cite Iceberg Slim as a major influence — but the controversial writer's work has also circulated in jail cells, barber shops and army barracks for decades.
His "massive underground success" has had a lasting impact on the mainstream, argues Justin Gifford. The academic and biographer joins Shad to challenge the image of Slim as a misogynistic pimp, and to chronicle his contributions to pop culture.
Gifford, author of the new book Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim, also argues that Slim's work is worthy of study.
WEB EXTRA | Hear the first chapter of Iceberg Slim's memoir, Pimp: The Story of My Life, as narrated by Cary Hite — a book so deep in slang that it required a glossary. Warning: The clip features explicit language and sexual references.