“Thong On Fire” and Other Hilarious Titles of Street Lit Hits

October 26, 2011  |  
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by N’neka Hite

Street Fiction, Gangsta Lit, Ghetto Lit, Hip-Hop Fiction or however you classify it, has been coined as one of the fastest growing genres, exposing the reader to a world of drugs, violence, sex and gritty realities of street life in urban America.

Although the subject matter is arguably recycled, culture dumbing, and some even venture to classify it as a genre of pointless literary contribution, business is booming and readers can’t get enough of this $50 million dollar industry. Let’s face it some of our favorite authors keep us thirsty for more penning sequels involving unforgettable characters with each book title more enticing than the one before it.

Let’s a look at Urban Fictions trashiest titles that we have to admit, we can’t wait to get our hands on.

 

Thong on Fire by Noire
At first glance it looks like Noire may be dropping science on how not to catch an STD. Thong on Fire is the typical story of a Harlem girl who is a self-proclaimed scandalous chick. A ruthless mama, she boasts that she and her city are just alike. Grimy. And they both never, ever sleep… It’s a hard knock life for Saucy Sarita Robinson and the rules of the game are clear: get yours or get had.

Section 8: A Hoodrat Novel by K’wan
We don’t know whether K’wan is speaking to the reader, or talking about the character, we hope it’s the latter. So really K’wan, you give rats their own sub-genre? In Section 8, we meet Tionna, a woman with two kids, a man in prison, and no backup plan, she finds herself once again living by her wits in order to maintain the lifestyle she’d become so accustomed to.

Uh, okay, and what lifestyle is that living on section 8? Young girls, recognize the only lifestyle you should be living is one of a student trying to get up and off of public housing. Wait to cop your Gucci bags until you can really afford them from the Gucci store.

 

 

187 Iz An Art by Richard L. Brown & Mikal H. El-Amin
Before you pass judgment this novel was the 2009 Los Angeles Book Festival Award Winner. Yes, you heard us. 187 Iz An Art mirrors the reality of many urban environments without glorifying any of the events, which typically take place in such a setting. If books like 187 taught us anything, it’s that street lit is sending a loud and clear message to the hood that you don’t ever have to be broke, as long as you have a story to tell. But murder being an art, well, we just can’t side with you guys on that one.

 

 

Between My Thighs: An Urban Erotic Tale by Naija

One thing we can’t deny is that we live for urban erotica. It stretches beyond nasty, and the titles leave very little to the imagination. When you see an urban cover with a nasty title, the author means just what they’re saying. Between My Thighs pops off with thirty-year-old Raquel Howard, who recently graduated from college with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and promised herself that the next man that ventured between her thighs would be equivalent to her credentials. Haven’t we all heard that story? Well, good luck Raquel –  a man in an urban book with a Ph.D., this could only end two ways, a sequel or suicide.

The Saddle Club by Anya Nicole

Big thighs, leather pants and a six pack. Looking at the cover,  this should definitely be a best seller. He looks like he’s about to strap up a saddle and ride her into the sunset. Dropping 2012, Anya Nicole releases a fantasy we’ve yet to experience in an urban book. At The Saddle Club, women can have the man of their dreams without the commitment – that is, if they can afford it. Masked as a private social club for women who love horse racing, the Saddle Club offers high-class sex to powerful women.

Now if we could find a Saddle Club on the west side of LA, art would truly be imitating life. We just hope they’ll offer us a recession special. We’ll keep you posted on this piece of work once it drops.

 

Black and Ugly by T. Styles
Not only is Black and Ugly a cold title to use to draw in a reader, but to use it to describe your main character, whew, that’s just down right disrespectful. In Styles’ novel we’re introduced to Parade Knight, who hates her complexion. As a result, she considers herself to be unattractive and condones the misuse of her body.

Don’t Tell Your Cousin by Veronica E. Kelly
Don’t Tell Your Cousin is a tale of a twisted love triangle involving two cousins and a married man. Veronica E. Kelly put the S in scandalous with this joint. We can see it now, sex, lies and video tape, with someone getting murdered at the end. From the title we can tell this is going to be a good one.

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  • Sunshine

    i read thong on fire and surprisingly it was actually pretty good unlike most urban book which have the reading level of a sixth grader struggling to read and misspelled words. despite the cover and the title, it was actually a very realistic story that i could possibly see being the autobiography of some of the grimiest hip hop groupies in the entertainment industry. I'm not so sure about the rest of the books, but considering that i like books by more well known authors, this was actually worth the read and i read it twice . . .

  • peace

    "black and ugly" actually sounds kinda interesting…hmm maybe i'll check it out at my local library

  • I think it's more important that people are reading. I love to read…I can read endlessly every day. I devour novels. When I was a kid, I read nonstop…..milk cartons…food packing…wte….newspapers…you get the point…to this day people from school – middle school, remember that about me. My kids have inherited my love of reading. Reading is an important and necessary skill. When you read, your expand your mind and vocabulary. You're more creative and imaginative. When I read a really good book with well written descriptive lines, I can visualize what's going on. Don't knock the genre – be happy people are reading.

  • Ashleigh

    I honestly love the entire "Thug" series by Wahida Clark…starting with "Thugs and The Women Who Love Them!" I read them over the summer! It's not real life, but the sister turned a book she wrote while in prison into a publishing empire. Can't knock the hustle… Oh, a don't forget "G-Spot" by Noire… That book was crazy!

    • Angel

      I totally agree. Wahida is probably my favorite author. I love all of her books. I also like Ashley Antionette and Jaquavis Coleman. Some urban books be so far fetched that I don't like them. But some of them are actually ok.

  • Candy

    Is this how black fiction has gotten? As a huge Sci-fi fan, i don't read romances and drama books. So i don't go into this section often. An after reading these summaries, I'm actually glad. Why not read an Octavia E. Butler book? Or something by Dolen Perkins-Valdez? More substance, less ridiculous stereotypes.

  • taniyababy

    And u forgot about the book after Section 8 is Welfare Wifeys and then Eviction Notice f’in love em. And the other parts to Justify my Thug ,Thug Lovin, Thug Matrimony and Golden Hustla.

  • I think the point is how ridiculous the titles and content are. It's not our fault it sells well. I think we are acknowledging both. But you know, it is interesting in any genre trying to balance substance and entertainment. Sometimes bot MN and these street lit authors get it wrong! But you have to strike a balance or no one will be reading…

  • Zhane

    I've heard that Black and Ugly was actually a good book.

  • IllyPhilly

    Yesss! Thank You!

  • IllyPhilly

    It's like reading Real housewives of… take your pick, Bad Girls Club and all the other reality crap fest. It's NOT telling it like it is cuz it's the glamorized sh*t and stereotypes. Yeah the ghetto is rough, but damn I do remember playing in the water plug and the water ice man more than shoots outs and rapes. Coldest Winter Ever and EVERYTHING Donald Goines and/or Shontaine! Other than that, hated it!!

  • Dear Editor of MN….this new advertisement pop ups for starbucks every time i click next is very aggravating….it almost pains me to say but until this is over i dont think i can read your site anymore.

    • Please keep reading! We have been having a technical issue with the campaign. We hope it will be fixed soon. Stick with us friend!

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  • Dom

    I’m so confused by the contradictory writing. First you intro the piece saying you secretly can’t wait to get your hands on these trashy books, and then you slam them in the individual write ups.

    I really can’t quite get my head around MN the website and it’s overall content. Are you progressing us as a community or pulling us back?

  • RadioRaheem

    I hate these books. If were going to be upwardly mobile and for the world to take us seriously in regards to education, work, personal and professonal life, then we shouldn't be reading novels entitled "Section 8: A Hood Rat Novel" I mean really?. Come on Black People.

  • amanda

    Book snobs kill me. These type books are no different than soap operas. True, some of it may happen in real life, but the majority of that stuff is just for entertainments sake.

    No different than sci-fi books.

    Maybe some writers get their foot in the door writing these types of books. Then get other works published later.

    I read all kinds of books, including some hood books, as long as it entertaining to me. No matter what, it never fails that the book snobs will claim never to read the stuff, but yet, know all about what goes on between the pages. Um hmmm

    • Ashley

      I don't think it's about being a snob because I think we all agree that it's all about preference. The problem is that these titles are associated with a race, OUR race. If I see an outlandish soap or sci-fi book it can include anybody but these books are associated with us and are therefore perpetuating stereotypes.

      I guess that's my only problem with them. I'm all for people reading whatever they want to read, I just don't want people to think that all Black people are lustful, dangerous, and ratchet like these characters are.

  • Loni

    I so agree. I wish readers would demand more substance from their books written by black and white authors. I also wish that as black readers were delved more into that past and read books by Zora Neale Hurston, older Toni Morrison books, Richard Wright, James Baldwin and so on and so on. Not saying that some don't but a lot of the younger people I encounter have not and it's a shame. You get all the "drama" you find in the books mentioned in the article but the writing is far more superb. But like you said….no two people are alike and what you read is subject to personal preference.

    • Loni

      Uhm make that "as black readers we delved"

  • sjpearson3

    You all should check out the novel "Secrets To Kill For" by Joy Evans-Smith. It is a great read, has shock value and will keep you on the edge of your seat! And I also happen to be one of the ladies the cover! Check it out!

  • Zhane

    How could you forget Hozetta and Justify My Thug?

  • Brittany

    Ok, I'm torn… Regardless of content, if this is what it takes to get some people to read a book then can I really be mad?

  • Tia

    garbage.