A Novel


A thought-provoking novel about African American culture seen through the eyes of a famous rapper who is transported to the days of slavery.

When big-time rapper Da Nigga is sent back in time, he finds himself a slave forced to live the horrifying life of his ancestors. As slavery challenges the realities of his modern life—his fellow rappers and their lyrics, the music executives and his motives—he must confront the reality of the African American experience.

Da Nigga’s compelling journey from rap superstar to broken slave and back is a hard-hitting, gritty story that will have readers on the edges of their seats and keep them talking long after they put it down.
  • Strebor Books | 
  • 592 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781593094263 | 
  • March 2014


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About the Author

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R. Kayeen Thomas

R. Kayeen Thomas is an author, poet, playwright, hip-hop artist, journalist, and social justice advocate. He self-published his first book, Light: Stories of Urban Resurrection, during his junior year at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. His novel, Antebellum, has garnered praise from such notables as Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and received acclaim from numerous publications, including Publishers Weekly. It won the 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction and was a 2013 Literary Work-Debut Author nominee for the NAACP Image Award. He resides in Washington, DC, with his wife and daughter.