Table of Contents
   Prologuep. 1
   
   First Memoriesp. 7
   Our Side of the Worldp. 15
   From Bright to Boredp. 25
   The Hollaway Housep. 33
   Earl v. the Board of Educationp. 39
   Three Meals a Day and a Snackp. 43
   Crazy Earl Tries It Onp. 52
   Earl Finds a Missionp. 64
   What's My Name?p. 68
   In the Gamep. 78
   1985p. 81
   Turn Out the Lightsp. 92
   Betrayalp. 96
   DMX the Great Is Bornp. 101
   "I Want to Do That!"p. 103
   "Stolen Novas"p. 109
   Interludep. 115
   A Weekend in the Hamptonsp. 116
   "Wanna Battle?"p. 125
   A Bowlegged Cutiep. 134
   Talk of the Townp. 141
   Interludep. 147
   
   Dog Lovep. 151
   "You're Not Going to Boo Me!"p. 161
   One Love Boomerp. 167
   Buried in Paperworkp. 172
   Xp. 177
   Waah Rolls Byp. 181
   "Born Loser"p. 187
   Tests of Strength & Faithp. 190
   Interludep. 192
   Before Light There Is Darkp. 193
   0 for 2p. 197
   Slippin', Fallin'p. 202
   A Bark in the Darkp. 208
   Homep. 211
   Interludep. 216
   Make a Movep. 217
   The Battle for New Yorkp. 221
   "Somebody's Gonna Die"p. 225
   Powerhousep. 227
   Niggas Done Started Somethingp. 234
   Harlemp. 238
   Let Me Flyp. 241
   Payback on Ravinep. 243
   One More Road to Crossp. 251
   Interludep. 258
   
   Taking It Back to the Streetsp. 263
   "Who Is That Last Guy?"p. 265
   "Where My Dogs At?"p. 267
   Official Member of Societyp. 271
   In the Labp. 274
   Belly Upp. 278
   Def Jam #1p. 281
   The Final Callp. 283
   May 19, 1998p. 286
   Epiloguep. 289
   Song Lyricsp. 295
   Notesp. 339
   Acknowledgmentsp. 341