Rise of the Chulo
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Rise of the Chulo

How Hip Hop spread across the globe

About the Book

It is the winter of 1987, and on a lonely damp side street

in the east village, Raymond Chevis feels the cold metal

of a sawed off shot-gun placed snugly at the base of his neck.

His eyes click eagerly to the side only to see that another

shotgun is now firmly lodged in the back of his Samoan

bodyguard. Most human beings when faced with similar options,

would either be shitting or pissing in their pants. But not

Raymond,he is only consumed with the notion that he has been

set up. but by whom? And why? Have his efforts to distribute hip

hop globally come back to haunt him? His mind wanders to a

different time, and to another place in the city. He seeks a

resolution to his current dilemma in the recesses of his memory,

to his childhood in East Elmhurst Queens NY. Quickly Raymond

think back....

As his brain synopses fire, he quickly recalls a scene from his

youth. Its 1972, and his father has just been assaulted in

front of him. At the time this was a very traumatic event that

taught young Raymond a valuable lesson. "Know how to get help,

when there is none". His father’s actions on this day provided

him with a signal, which he seeks to use now. Raymond

provides the signal, that only Masons are familiar with, and

quickly the crews minder calls them off. The minder is an

associate of a crime family and a big earner for them.

Raymond knows him as Uncle Vinny, from the neighborhood. Vinny

informs Raymond that he was not "the Mark." Vinny also explains the

further orders to "Send a Violent Message" to the mark about "Growing

too Fast." Vinny and Raymond take a walk, and negotiate a price on

Raymond's future. What Vinny shares with Raymond

will cost him 50k and 10% of his next venture, but it will also

set him on a path of finding out who has set him up. The

problem? He has 72 hours to put this right. Fortunately for

Raymond, he has always had a plan b. something that he never

thought he would need to use but now is the time to put this

intricate plot in play. It starts with his best friend on earth,

whipping his ass, and a bit of technology that has yet to

emerge around the world, the compact disc.

Friends will fall, would be lovers, and snakes in the grass all

exposed. Plans turn into plots that morph into schemes which end

up in double crosses. Raymond has a riddle to solve, and it

will take most of his memories, courage, and experiences to do

so, because the Rise of the Chulo cannot be stopped.

About the Author

James lee Nathan III
James lee Nathan III

James Lee Nathan III was born in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to Jackson Heights Queens NY in 1963. He grew up in Corona and East Elmhurst and graduated from the HS of Art and Design in 1979. He entered the US Air Force shortly thereafter,served 20 years and retired in August of 1999. He was stationed overseas for 18 of the 20 years and has been to 40 states and 10 different countries. He loves pugs, jazz, beer, and the company of an intelligent and pretty woman on occassion. James is single and resides in Severn, Maryland with his two daughters and two pugs.

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About the Contributors

Belkis Polanco
Belkis Polanco

Proofreader 1

Becky remains the number one person that reads my work. She consistently stays on me to "tell the story" and I appreciate her assistance.
Enzo Lombard
Enzo Lombard


When you write about experiences you have not had, or have been witness to but never been through; it is always good to bounce ideas off of someone who has. That is Enzo.
Franki Schafrik
Franki Schafrik


Franki was the very first person outside of Becky to read this book. She immediately started editing it. That was 7 months and 3 drafts ago... I could not have begun this journey without her.
Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson


Her work "The Warmth of other Suns" solidified my beliefs in how Hip Hop culture spread so fast. I continue to believe that there are multiple factors in this, but the true essence of its promulgation begins and ends with the great migration.
Jody Gearing
Jody Gearing

2nd Draft Editor

She continues to assist me in framing my ideas into consistent flowing thoughts. Thank you Ms Jody
Jordan Margolis
Jordan Margolis


Jordo inspired me to create another character that is integral to the development of Saul. He is his mentor and savior in the follow up "Better off Dead"

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