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Solomon “Sal” Stein has dreams of success in the music industry. At the breakout moment of his music career, he is brought into the fold of Detroit-based, “One By One” Records (IXI), the hottest hip hop label in the country. But, the deeper Sal gets into the world of IXI, he realizes everything that glitters is not gold. Pushy corporate reps who want to steal his house, his growing feelings for a mysterious industry executive, and obscure messages hidden in plain sight are making it impossible to know what to believe. After the unthinkable happens and Sal thinks he’s found the person with all the answers, he learns there’s always another side of the story. Will Sal get what he’s looking for, or will he lose everything at the hands of those he thought he could trust?   


Expect the Unexpected. Believe the Unbelievable. One shall  RISE!

new music:  Keno: you can't stop the profit




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The Soundtrack




While there are several songs that compliment the story, the Deluxe Edition of the soundtrack includes additional songs inspired by the novel. This soundtrack, produced by Breathe Easy Music Group, features Jamall Bufford as King Sal, Paul Johnson, as Keno the Money Man, and several independent artists.   Click "Learn More" to hear more about the soundtrack and the ideas behind it.


An interactive experience



A Convergence of Literature, Music, and Video

Part novel, part soundtrack, the IXI: Rise of the King project combines elements of sight and sound to create a unique experience for the reader.   As characters perform in the story, you can listen to the music and watch video that compliment the action. See the video to the left for a demonstration.




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"The story line is great...keeps you guessing as to what's next...the fate of a few characters...and when others will Sonny...and dude who wants to buy Sal's house...and what those two have to do with one another...and I can go on and on with that. Also...little clues here and there like the numbers on Sal's when you read something later kinda brings you back to those things. The plot is interesting, characters are intriguing...and the imagery is on point...paints a very vivid picture. And the addition of the soundtrack is genius. Biggest holds my I'm looking for the next chapter to see what's next." - Kari B. - New Orleans, LA

"I love the story and the concept, so dope! Great job!!" - Tiffany T. - Washington, D.C


"IXI ROTK is a really entertaining combination of suspense, drama, and corporate intrigue that manages to explore age old conflicts 'between good and evil' but with a modern spin.  I'm loving it so far!" - Shawn H. -  Jersey City, NJ


"I am reading IXI: Rise of the King and let me tell you, I can't put it down." - Debby M. -  Ypsilanti, MI



"This book is a must read for all, especially our youth. It is a well-written story of youth, dreams realized and deferred, tough decisions, and growth seasoned so well with the good word and set in a familiar place. Everything you want in a great book is here; danger, peace, excitement, consistency, love, war, compassion, redemption...I could go on and on. This book will take you through the entire range of emotions one can express. The authors intelligently use technology to bring the story to can literally hear the story and envision it happening right before your eyes. Well done...well done!" - Alexis H. Ann Arbor, MI





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