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Kanye West Owes me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made it Big


After Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was “Hot Karl,” the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend and then almost became a star.

When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend’s bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19. Now, in “Kanye West Owes Me $300,” Karp finally tells the true story of his wild ride as “Hot Karl” the most famous white rapper you’ve never heard of. 

Full of rollicking stories from his closebrush with fame, Karp’s hilarious memoir is the ultimate fish-out-of-water story about a guy who follows an unlikely passion trying to crack the rap game despite what everyone else says. It s “30 Rock” for the rap set; “8 Mile” for the suburbs; and quite the journey for a white kid from the valley.

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