Now, in It's No Secret , a strong, resilient Carmen bares all, telling her side of the story and leaving no detail unturned -- with the true candor and raw emotion of someone who has been there, done that, and survived. From a clandestine relationship with Nas's biggest rival, Jay-Z, that stirred up the biggest feud in hip-hop history, to seeing her reputation in tatters and a once loving relationship with Nas fall apart, Carmen depicts her trying journey to become the strong woman and mother she is today.
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After years of turmoil that included drugs, sex, greed, and violence -- and abandoning what she had always prized above all, her freedom -- Carmen took a stand, focusing on herself. After years of pursuit by the media, Carmen sets the record straight in It's No Secret -- and has no regrets.
This book is hot! In the Beginning. Ready for the World. Turning Over a New Leaf. Acts of Faith. Awakening Carmen. Escape from New York. She is out in the world making a way for herself in cosmetics. Child support ended maybe six years ago and the monies that Mr. Jones sent to raise his daughter was respectfully administered to her care by her mom.
Bryan recognized early that the checks were not for new Gucci and Louis bags, but for school tuition, clothing, shelter and all the other things children need to live. In fact, before the child support was over Bryan was in these streets making it happen. But that was not enough. His unique Arabic name suited him—this Nas character seemed to come from another place and time. There was something about this dude I was drawn to. The music had become too loud for conversation. Nas smiled his assent, revealing a set of lower gold teeth incrusted with red rubies.
After relocating into the bedroom, Nas became struck with shyness and fell silent. Nas started to relax into the conversation. She was too busy working, there was nothing she could really do, you know. As we continued talking, I could see that Nas was way more than your average run-of-the-mill thug from the projects. He was laid back, quiet and very intriguing. He told me the usual stories about hustling as a teenager, but when he talked he always found an interesting way to say things. He was innately smart, high-IQ smart.
I wanted to take it nice and slow with Nas.
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My friend Will was my age, though. His voice was breaking and he paused before he went on. Will lived in the apartment above me and was like my brother. He was my first DJ. He made the first track I ever spit to.
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Is Will one of the dudes in the living room? I asked. His demeanor took another shift. Nah, Will is walking with the gods, he replied. Well, Will was messing with this chick and she had a man and when the dude found out that she was cheating on him he came to the projects looking for Will. My brother Jabari got hit too, in the leg. It was obvious that this was still a fresh wound for Nas. We talked a little more.
But if his eyes had seemed a little remote before, they were now absolutely empty. He was off alone, roaming distant deserts of grief. His monologue suddenly stopped. It was a freezing cold night and I had no idea where to even begin to look for this boy. When I found him, he was sitting in the park on the back of a bench with his feet on the seat.
He was hunched over, elbows on knees, head in hands. Nas wiped away his tears when he heard me approaching, but his caramel cheeks were streaked with darker toffee-colored stains. With two fingers, I lifted his face up to mine and gave him the ghost of a kiss. Just that faint brush of the lips swelled my heart with feeling. It was a peculiar but romantic moment. As a little girl, I loved going to bars with my father in the late afternoon, when their languor seemed like a miracle.
Just outside, traffic rushed by. But inside, there was the tranquility of clinking ice, mellow, natural light and muted conversations. Being with him was always a. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join. Save For Later. Create a List. Summary Carmen Bryan is no stranger to the rap world. Read on the Scribd mobile app Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.
I keep hearing about this Memphis Bleek song with Jay-Z. What song? I asked, as neutrally as possible. How long is a minute, Carm? Like five years. You ever been to a hotel with him? We always hang out at his crib. Uh huh. Does he hold you at night? Did you go down on him? You can ask him. Ask him? I fucking hate you!
In fact, it was only the beginning. I can barely hear myself think. So, where are you from?
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Where do you live? Somebody had to get the conversation rolling. No, not really. So, what school did you go to? I dropped out in the eighth grade. So, Carm, when we gonna go out? What happened to him? I asked gently.
As Nas told me the story of how his best friend was murdered, I could see the pain in his eyes. Are you okay? You okay? Start your free 30 days.
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