Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success
by Kevin Liles
Kevin Liles rose from intern to president of Def Jam Records in only nine years. Today, at age thirty-seven, he is executive vice president of the Warner Music Group and has helped discover and direct the careers of stars such as Jay-Z and Ludacris.Liles' meteoric climb from urban street kid with hip-hop aspirations to one of the most successful and influential executives...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Atria Books
(first published September 20th 2005)
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Kevin Liles, the former intern, Def Jam president, and current executive vice president of Warner Music Group, makes his run for what will be his most coveted position yet: motivational speaker for the hip-hop generation. It's a role that he is personally and professionally qualified to flourish in. Using lessons learned during his mischevious, but disciplined teen years as a budding entrepreneur in Baltimore, and conflict encountered while at the helm of Def Jam and Warner, he demonstrates how...more
I've got to be honest about this one... I bought it in the bargain area. Kevin Liles tells his story in an easy to read manner and is very successful at both motivating and teaching others ways to succeed. Liles rose from an unpaid intern at Def Jam to the eventual president of that company and later the VP of Warner Music. He's a hard working and incredibly intelligent guy, but at the same time both very cool and seemingly very kind. It's about the music industry, but this one's as much about b...more
Dec 30, 2007 Nandi Crawford rated it 5 of 5 stars
I bought the book just before I got to meet the man in Mobile at our local junior college two years ago right after Katrina. He was quite inspirational, but there were more folks there who wanted to get into the business than folks who was just interested in reading the book and taking his advice. I found it to be hip, cool, informative and quite empowering.
Though it is more of a biography, Kevin Liles' Make It Happen is a very interesting read. It goes through the tale of him being successful in a cut throat industry and doing it an unconventional way. Definitely some takeaways can be found, but more or less it is just interesting seeing the path he took to make it to the top. I enjoy it from start to finish.
This is a great book for those who take the unconventional route to a successful career. Kevin is able to use "real talk" to get his point across that you own a larger part of your destiny then you think. Great message and it did a great job motivating me.