- Paperback: 240 pages
- Published: 11/1/16
- IBSN: 9781617754821
- e-IBSN: 9781617755040
- Genre: Fiction
The posthumous novel from legendary Queens rapper Mazaradi Fox, who was once a member of 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew.
“Having grown up on the streets of South Jamaica, Queens, Fox wrote this first novel in 2013 while incarcerated at the Orleans Correctional Facility. After moving to rap music as a pal of artist 50 Cent, in 2014 the author unfortunately was gunned down by a killer in a black ski mask. Here, teen DeMarco Jones finds himself in a correctional center to do a bid for 18 months. By luck he breaks out and returns to the streets and starts dealing. ”
“[A] paean to hip-hop life in Queens . . . [Protagonist] DeMarco’s rise is meteoric, and his fall as fast and inevitable, in this tragic tale filled with street talk.”
“The only novel from deceased legendary Queens rapper Mazaradi Fox, a member of 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew.”
—Publishers Weekly, Fall 2016 Announcements
“A gripping, gritty, riveting read from cover to cover . . . Highly recommended.”
—Midwest Book Review
“As gritty as they come.”
—Ozzie’s Book Blog
“The Game Don’t Change is a story from the streets, where life and death are closer than you think. Mazaradi Fox knew how to play the game better than most, and his life and experience shine through every page of this tough and unsentimental book. An instant classic of NYC thug life.”
—Prodigy of Mobb Deep
Mazaradi Fox wrote this novel in 2013 during his incarceration at the Orleans Correctional Facility. The Game Don’t Change opens when DeMarco Jones escapes from a juvenile detention center. Successfully evading the law, DeMarco builds his reputation on the streets of Queens as a fearless and charismatic drug hustler. Though he is only sixteen, women of all ages can’t get enough of him. He quickly finds, however, that he must battle ferociously to maintain his new kingpin status.
Infamous Books, curated by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson from the legendary hip-hop group Mobb Deep, is a revolutionary partnership that pairs the Infamous Records brand with Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. Infamous Books’ mission is to connect readers worldwide to crime fiction and street lit authors both familiar and new.
MAZARADI FOX (1971–2014), born Jamal Green, was a rap star who grew up in South Jamaica, Queens. Like childhood friend 50 Cent, Fox was on the streets from an early age—a situation that led him to make numerous trips to prison. It was during an eight-year stint on heinous charges that Fox made the decision to focus on his music. Upon Fox’s release, 50 Cent brought him over to his label, G-Unit Records. In January 2014, Fox was killed when a gunman in a black ski mask opened fire on an SUV he was in on Farmers Boulevard in Queens. The Game Don’t Change is his novel.