I’ve had to keep it crazy secret for a bit, but I’m so excited to announce that I signed a book deal!!
I’ll be writing a memoir about my weird ass time as an unlikely teenage rapper in the 90’s and 2000’s for Three Rivers Press (Crown/Random House), and it’s scheduled to be released in early 2016 and neurotically written throughout the rest of 2014.
From being discovered at a Calabasas Bar Mitzvah, to being managed by Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate at 11 years old, to signing a million dollar record deal as “Hot Karl” with Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope Records, to Kanye West still owing me $300, the journey was quite fucking insane. Much like Of Mice and Men, it will be funny, emotional and involve killing rabbits.
I want to thank Oly Obst and Richard Abate at 3Arts, for being Jews who sell these types of things, and Matthew Inman at Three Rivers, who is about to learn more about hip-hop nerdery than anyone else in the editing biz.
There were years I avoided talking about this time of my life. I even cringed when someone would tell me they were a Hot Karl fan. I treated it like a former porn star now living in the suburbs with 4 kids, avoiding my checkered past. Over a decade later, I genuinely can not wait to share my experiences with you. The stories are just so ridiculous. Based on time passing, and 15 years of therapy, what I used to see as a failure has become a story that shaped who I am today.
So, yes, we have some time before you can read it, but I just wanted to get you ready to travel to the late 90’s / early 2000’s, so we can all wear Cross Colours and overalls with one strap detached together. Viva Hot Karl!
2016 can’t get here fast enough! Which I’m sure is also what Jensen is muttering to himself on his morning thousand mile run.