3835 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822, United States
Donnell Alexander attended Sacramento City College.
5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93740, United States
Donnell Alexander studied at California State University, Fresno.
(Donnell Alexander grew up sideways in the cramped spaces ...)
Donnell Alexander grew up sideways in the cramped spaces of Sandusky, Ohio, the son of a devout mother and a dad named Delbert, a protean genius who jacked a thousand identities - from pimpin’ them hoes to preaching the gospel - but skipped out on fatherhood when his son was in diapers. Donnell unwittingly replayed Delbert’s tragedy as farce until he finally wrote himself his own story, becoming a star of California’s freewheeling alternative press, spreading the gospels of punk and hip-hop in print. After finding a career and starting a family of his own, Donnell was drawn to reconnect with the vanished Delbert, and when he did, things fell apart, as they tend to in the grip of ghetto celebrity. Told in multiple voices, freestyle raps, and a graphic interlude, this is the riotous story of one writer’s mission to find truth in the margins and an engrossing tale about phantom fathers and the sons they leave behind.
(Bruce Williams was the long-time best friend and right-ha...)
Bruce Williams was the long-time best friend and right-hand man to Dr. Dre, and a prime mover at Aftermath, one of the most successful start-up labels in music history. In Rollin’ with Dre: The Unauthorized Account, Williams, owner of a sports bar in downtown Los Angeles, gives us an unprecedented inside look at - and the up-and-down story of - two decades of hip-hop culture and "The Life." As Dre’s confidant and the problem-solver to a stable of artists and others who came to know him as "Uncle Bruce," Williams was either there when the action went down or close enough to feel the hollowpoints whiz by: Dre perfecting the gangsta era’s signature sound displayed on his highly influential album The Chronic and its Snoop Dogg-helmed follow-up, Doggystyle; getting out from under Death Row Records, the label Dre co-founded with impresario Suge Knight; launching the careers of Eminem, 50 Cent, and The Game. Williams lays it out in black and white, from dish on Tupac Shakur’s chaotic rise and fall to the deadly feud between Tha Row (formerly Death Row Records) and East Coast MCs and bigshots, from Suge’s legal battles to Dre’s reconciliation with Eazy-E before E’s untimely demise from AIDS, from the hard-won "overnight" successes of Snoop and Eminem to what it was like rollin’ with giants and legends-in-the-making - and living the life (and bearing the burdens) as a bonafide master of the game. Williams takes us on a wild ride, showing us the never-before-seen side of the infamous West Coast scene. With one foot firmly planted in the Hollywood establishment and the other in the sex-and-violence-drenched netherworld of the hip-hop music industry, Rollin’ with Dre: The Unauthorized Account, is the impossible-to-put-down story of music icons and the culture that created the soundtrack of a restless generation.
Donnell Alexander attended Sacramento City College. He also studied at California State University, Fresno.
Donnell Alexander built a freelance writing career covering popular culture and sports in Los Angeles. Alexander’s talents took him to ESPN: The Magazine and brought him within reach of the New York publishing world. His memoir Ghetto Celebrity: Searching for the Delbert in Me covers his entire life, from Sandusky, through college and his now-defunct marriage, to the birth and raising of his two children, his freelance and magazine jobs, and the lifestyle he enjoyed as a result of them. Throughout it, all weave the presence of his father, Delbert, whom Alexander seeks out when he is in his thirties. Ghetto Celebrity becomes Alexander's discovery of how much of Delbert is in him and how that reconciles with how he sees himself and his own young family.
Alexander collaborated with Bruce Williams on Rollin' with Dre, a book about West Coast Hip-Hop published by Random House. He also has published an enhanced ebook Beyond Ellis D, and the essay Cool Like Me: Are Black People Cooler than White People?. He was a senior staff writer for LA CityBeat and a frequent contributor for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Donnell Alexander was married to Amy Osburn. The couple divorced. They have two children: Forrest and Wyatt.