TYRONE JOHNSON, SELF-MADE MAN
What are you gonna be when you grow up?” That’s what most kids got asked.
Mom always asked me what I wasn’t gonna be, and you know what she wanted me to say?
A dealer, stealer, free-wheeler, player, hater, a downright dog—that’s what my dad was.
When I came home from school, Mom was on the couch watching Dr. Phil. As usual.
“How was school, baby?”
“Good.” No way I was gonna tell...