Flow Grip Still Book Reviews

6th grade? 7th grade? Warren G playing on my stereo. My dad sticks his head in my room and says “don’t let your mom hear you listening to this stuff”. He smirks and closes my door. Goodie Two Shoes. Those words could describe me. Yet, gangsta rap was my thing. Sadly I can not recall if Warren G was my first rap cd. Bone Thugs n Harmony maybe? 2 Pac posters lined my bedroom walls in high school. Many hours were spent at Musicland, the music store at the mall. Cd singles were bought and if I couldn’t afford the cd I would buy the cassette tape. This was during a time that kids were not “carded” for cd’s that had a Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics label on it. The Source and XXL magazines provided me with more “posters” to tape to my walls. I was devistated when 2 Pac died.

Thanks to the podcast, Sorta Awesome with Meg Tietz, episode 203, I was introduced to the writing of Kennedy Ryan. Meg and Anna Hithersay discussed Kennedy’s trilogy Flow, Grip and Still (free on amazon Kindle). An interracial love story between Grip and Bristol. Grip is a brilliantly smart African American rapper who grew up in Compton and Bristol is the over privileged and hard working white girl from NYC. She fights the electric pull she has with him, not because of his race, but because he is her brother’s best friend. Eventually love wins and they can not deny their affection any longer. The story ebbs and flows through their intoxicating connection and the heart wrenching doubts that come from their loved ones and fans. The third book brings deeper levels of emotion as they prepare to grow their family with the addition of children.

Long gone are the days southern Cali was the place for me. The daydreams floated away decades ago where 2 Pac from Poetic Justice was meant for me, not Janet Jackson. This book brought smiles to my face. Just a white girl surrounded by her posters of 1990’s rap moguls. To quote Lin-Manuel Miranda, “love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside”.

Grip Flow and Still soundtrack

Fallin’ Alicia Keys

California Love, 2 Pac

Juicy- The Notorious B.I.G.

U.N.I.T.Y.- Queen Latifah

Nobody- Keith Sweat

I Belong To You- Lenny Kravitz

Live Your Life- T.I. & Rihanna

You Don’t Own Me- Grace & G Eazy

Love on the Brain- Rihanna

So in Love- Jill Scott & Anthony Hamilton

At My Best- Machine Gun Kelly

Until the End of Time- 2 Pac

Tell me What We’re Gonna Do Now- Joss Stone & Common

Pretty Bird- Jhene Akko, Common

Give Me Love- Ed Sheehan

Thug Luv- Bone Thugs N Harmony & 2 Pac

Into You- Fabolous & Tamia

Adore- Prince

Dear Mama- 2 Pac

SupaStar- Floetry & Common

Runnin’- Naughty Boy & Beyoncé

Feeling Good- Nina Simone

You Are the Best Thing- Ray LaMontagne

Let’s Hurt Tonight- OneRepublic

My Block- 2 Pac

*you can find on my Spotify

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