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On this episode of TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) Radio, D.D. Turner and C. Stats kick it with the King of Content, James ‘Kraze’ Billings. During our conversation we discuss his Long Island – New York roots, his journey towards becoming the King of Content, his past projects with FUBU and Audi, his Industry Muscle website and brand, his upcoming projects [including a documentaries on Hip Hop lyrical legends, Rakim Allah and Biz Markie] and a truly riveting discussion on Hip Hop’s cultural appropriation.

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And regarding the playlist? Not only do we open the show with a gap-bridging event, we satisfy your appetite with a pure and authentic Hip Hop experience.

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On this episode of TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) Radio, D.D. Turner and C. Stats kick it with the creators of the Tuskegee Heirs animated series, Greg Burnham and Marcus Williams. During our conversation, we discuss their respective roots, the artistry of animation, their amazing animated series, and the unparalleled history and courageousness of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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Also, to celebrate the life, legacy, and genius of the legendary musician, Prince, we open up the show with a self-authored poem by TCOHHL Radio co-founder, Ishmael Street, followed by a review of why Prince will forever be regarded as an icon. And don’t worry, you appetite for a pure and authentic Hip Hop experience will be thoroughly satisfied.

To say the least, The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend, remains an unparalleled literary series. We challenge you to find something similar to it. From Sneaker Culture to Gargoyles to Wizards to Sorcerers to Mix-Tapes to Flying Cars to Teenage Love to Education to Music Production to DJing, this work of fantasy-fiction literature provides your imagination with a rigorous workout. And never does D.D. Turner miss the mark of generational relevance. In short, this series is…Above The Rim.

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A unique literary series that is...Above The Rim

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As we celebrate the arrival of this joyous time of the year, let us not trivialize what this holiday season truly provides for… The ability to give thanks for those who truly matter most in our lives and an opportunity to use the resources that we have been granted to be a resource and inspiration in the lives of others. As such, we’d like to extend our appreciation to everyone that has supported The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend.

“I’ve fixed eyes on the divine sketch of thine own destiny. And to the scope of my optimism, I stretch digits to a sky that is unbound by a ceiling of complacency…” – D.D. Turner, 2011

Simply stated, D.D. Turner has a way with words; in his possesion is a raw ability to conjure his own ideals in a way that appropriately uses philosophic rhetoric. And I can assure you that it is not a result of his recent fracture of the left Tibia plateau… He has always been this way and if you ask him where it came from, he will surely attribute it to the tremendous clutch that both Hip Hop and literacy have on his life. But to understand Derrick “D.D.” Turner, you have to get to know him. Despite his apprehension to make public a summary of his biography, I submit the following to you:

D.D. Turner, Scribe – Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend is Derrick Dwayne Turner (born March 16, 1978),
best known by his Author pseudonym – D.D. Turner, is an American Author and
creator of The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend literacy series. He is also credited with creating the new
literary genre of Hip Hop Fantasy; a style of creative writing where the cultural phenomenon of Hip-Hop and the creatively limitless genre of fictional fantasy become joined.

Derrick Dwayne Turner was born in East New York, Brooklyn to Ellen Abney-Turner, a New York City Board of Education administrator, and Warren Turner, Long Island College Hospital department supervisor. He lived in Linden Houses from birth to the age of sixteen. The younger of two boys resulting from the union between Ellen and
Warren, Derrick was often labeled as the “Creative Dreamer” according to the accounts of his parents. “Derrick was extremely smart but always had a problem with day-dreaming. In elementaryschool his report cards always said two things, ‘he is a day-dreamer and he is shy’. This day-dreaming is what caused him to bring home just mediocre grades,” said his mother in a recent discussion. “I guess back then he was charting a path to success in his own way,” she continued proudly.

Growing up in East New York, Brooklyn was no easy task; during the 80’s and early 90’s, the south-east section (East New York) of the borough was amongst New York City’s highest ranking locations for drug-related homicides. Hence, the time appropriate, yet, less respectable name of Homicide Central (refer to fellow East New Yorker, Jeru the Damaja reference on debut single, Come Clean) was granted to the Brooklyn sub-section.

But despite what East New York had to offer, Derrick remained concrete in his pursuit of greatness and never fell clutch to the ill lifestyle(s) that many of his peers found themselves victims of. He often credits his older brother, Corey M. Turner, a New York Attorney, with providing a tangible concept and example of remaining focused and not succumbing to what Criminologists refer to as the Social Perspective Theory (an institutional theory that concludes individuals and their correlating mannerisms are often times a direct reflection of their environment and circumstances). “When the ‘knowledge-of-self’ movement had become prevalent in Hip-Hop during the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was introduced to it by my older brother. I have sound recollections of him coming
home with the first A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Public Enemy, X-Clan, Brand Nubian cassette tapes. To supplement the music, he would also come home with books that would explore the cultural richness of our African and Black history,” Derrick offered in a recent discussion.

“Some of my peers had older siblings that taught them how to chop weight, hustle, and work the corner. My older brother taught me how to chop down stereotypical barriers by developing a sense of intellectualism through education and self-enlightenment,” he continued. This shared discipline is one that Derrick carried into his college years and continues to employ as a major fixture in his life today.

The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend – The Creation

The fundamental concept for the Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend story came to Derrick on a clear spring afternoon while sitting in his car in New York City’s famed Wall Street area in 1999. Waiting for his girlfriend (now wife), he indulged himself in the revisit of LL Cool J’s 1995 release, Mr. Smith.

“I can’t recall the track number, but the song was titled ‘Hip Hop’. I heard the joint before, but on that day, it really moved me. The song starts off with LL talking and as soon as the track dropped, it was as if God began feeding me the synopsis of the story piece by piece. By the time song ended, I had the basic premise of the first installment completed, character names, and location…I went home that night and began building the story and haven’t looked back sense,” he offered.

After employing his writing artistry and crafting the first three installments of the series, he realized that a visual medium would be received best by the targeted audience. He immediately reached out to two of his childhood friends that were traditional artists. He also realized that someone with experience in the way of street promotions and marketing would also prove to be pertinent to the development of the story; for this task he reached out to another childhood friend, Chaz Staton. Eventually, Derrick would ask for the assistance of one last childhood friend for the purpose of handling the scant, yet important, task of addressing over-head and operational matters.

“During this time, I was heading up U.S. operations and production for a Media-Monitoring company that was based out of London. My office’s operation times were from 5am-3pm, 7 days a week, this was because we needed to capture all variations of relevant print media on its day of release and electronically transfer it to headquarters in London during the course of their respective business hours. This schedule was particularly good for me because after 3pm, 7 days a week, I had free office space, computers, scanners, and laser printers to help with the process of bringing the rough art work for The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend comic book to print,” Derrick offered.

“Also, the location was prime because it was in the heart of New York City; on the corner of Madison Avenue and 42nd Street. Whenever we had meetings, people would bug-out when they heard that our office was on Madison and 42nd,” he continued.

For four years following the creation of the first installment, Derrick and his hand-picked crew poured everything they had into the development of subsequent installments and marketing/promotions. As the fourth year rolled around, opportunities for exposure began to present itself less and with only three members remaining, including both Derrick and Chaz, the group began to question their approach in marketing and the choice of medium. These feelings led to a much needed period of assessment and ultimately to a 2 year hiatus.

In early 2006, Derrick Turner reached out to his remaining partners for the purpose of gauging their interest in revisiting the story that they had worked hard on just several years prior. He was pleased to see that they were equally excited and by the following day, the group of friends had come together to structure a new game plan.
Immediately, the friends got working on the re-introduction of The Chronicles of the Hip Hop Legend series. With Derrick handling the writing, one friend handling the art-work and layout, and Chaz handling marketing and advertising, Derrick was sure that they would touch success this time around. Unfortunately, in April of 2006, the friend that was responsible for artwork and layout had abruptly become gravely ill and was no longer able to perform his duties as lead artist. During the course of the following months, his condition began to worsen and it became evident that a recovery wasn’t realistic.

“During this time I began to struggle with myself because I felt like my back was up against the wall. While I was confident in my writing abilities, I new that my art abilities were seriously lacking; my children can draw better than
me,” Derrick offered while laughing.

“But once again, God spoke to me in a way that was clear, constant, and certain. And as I did previously, I followed his direction. The following day, I began writing The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend / Paths of Grand Wizardry; that was in July 2006. By November, I had a 32 chapter completed manuscript. And in January of 2007, my long time friend that shared in the vision of this series past away,” he continued in a manner that suggested that he still can’t believe it.

The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend and beyond

Entitled Paths of Grand Wizardy, the first installment of the Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend series has been released as a self-published work under the Turner Scribe Publishing Group entity, with both Derrick and Chaz at the helm. With solid distribution of the book, copies are available for purchase through all major book retailers throughout the world. Derrick is currently working on several other literary projects and has completed the second installment of The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend series (entitled Cipher and the Lost Relic of Pangea’s Core, due in stores in 2012). He has began working on the third installment with no title information disclosed as of yet. Both he and his business partner, Chaz Staton, are excited about the unique nature of the series and are looking forward to The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend growing into a global brand.

Derrick Turner currently resides in Texas with his wife and their four sons.

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D.D. Turner, author of the highly acclaimed and unique literary series, The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend, has been hospitalized for injuries sustained on Sunday, July 31, 2011.
Sources from the author’s camp have reported that a Sunday session of extreme mountain biking left the Hip Hop, Fantasy-Fiction novelist with a shattered tibia bone. Reconstructive surgery had been performed on the leg and D.D. Turner’s condition has been reported to be stable.
Contacts at Turner Scribe Publishing Group are not sure how this will
impact the release of, Cipher and the Lost Relic Pangea’s Core, the highly
anticipated 2nd installment of The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend Series.

“I hadn’t come upon my interest in reading until I became an adult, married with children. I often think about how sooner I would have acquired a broader perception of the world and the people in it had I indulged the space of literacy earlier; I tend to feel that opportunities are missed because of one’s void in the way of open-mindedness. The expressive nature of the written word/literacy fills this void by feeding one’s perception and allowing for the engagement of those things that might not be familiar to one’s world. It is my hope that The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend acts as this void filler by providing an entertaining and magical read that aligns itself with the lifestyle and interests of today‘s young adult. Also, The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend looks to convert young adult non-readers into ferocious, avid readers and quite possibly, future scribes. What better vehicle to use than Hip Hop…”

The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend – The very first Hip Hop, Fantasy-Fiction literary series. More than providing a riveting plot, this series looks to satisfy the prowess of any young reader or locate the ferocious reader inside of the teen who currently lacks a casual interest in the world of literacy and its expressive power. 

Truly an entertaining and inspiring read for the young adult community. Never has Hip Hop and Fantasy-Fiction come together like this…
 
Still coming to grips with the power of his B-boy wizard identity, Cris “Cipher” Ellison finds himself not short of the precarious and dangerous tasks that come with the persona. But in addition to warding off the regular threat of evil against Hip Hop by Roger “Feedback” Cromwell and the Hip Hop for Destruction clan, young Cris and his princely alter-ego must find and reclaim several lost relics that are said to contain the true magical powers of Hip Hop, and have reportedly followed the migration of his African ancestors away from the cradle of civilization. An urgency to reclaim the first lost relic sends both he and the intelligent Lynx, Lennox, to the ancient lands of the prophetic Black Five Tribe. What they encounter is sure to provide an unimaginable experience and shake the Legendary B-boy Foundation to its core…
 
Striking a balance between school, love, loss, his music, relationships, and death proves to be a formidable task for the young Cris…Find out how he maintains in, Cipher and the Lost Relic of Pangea’s Core, the second installment of the amazing literary series, The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend, by D.D. Turner.

It’s been a long while but finally from the dungeon of thine own passion I have emerged. And with another piece of unorthodox work, I intend to, yet again, shake up the world of young adult literacy. Check out the new cover art for the second installment (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend), “Cipher and Lost Relic of Pangea’s Core.” Truly an entertaining and inspiring read for the young adult community. Never has Hip Hop and Fantasy-Fiction come together like this.

With “Cipher and the Lost Relic of Pangea’s Core” nearing release, the Turner Scribe Publishing Group is giving you an opportunity to get the first installment (Paths of Grand Wizardry) of “The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend” literary series free! This offer is only available until 3/12, 11:59pm, so put your smart phone’s e-reader application to use and take advantage of this wonderful offer. An absolutely inspiring, thought provoking, and articulate read for our teens.

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