It's an ambitious book, and we need more memoirs like it, books where authors examine fatherhood and culture, examine the pain within relationships, their ambition and their faith-and the vicious cycle of men abandoning their families-between childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.
You don't need to be an expert in hip hop to enjoy this book. I honestly picked it up expecting to educate myself more about this soundtrack of music and culture that stayed in my periphery as I grew up in Dearborn, MI. Instead, I found myself examining my own role as a father more deeply.
Also Vidal illustrates a challenge I've also experienced first hand: balancing a creative career and being a father. He shares this transition with directness and honesty.
Rarely does one get to read the portrait of an artist like this, even though it is a universal experience: An artist who becomes a father must mold to the new responsibilities of a family, or he is destined to choose the road over the home.
Vidal's memoir invites the reader to examine that choice, after first examining his own fatherless childhood, one where musical icons and ambition-filled a portion of that space. The book will leave you filled.