This book is the tenth-anniversary edition of "My Book of Chrymes." It narrates Wilfred "Freddy Will" Kanu Jr.'s exhausting quest to develop his musical and literary talents. Crime Rhymez gives its reader a glimpse into Freddy Will's musical journey. It covers the events that transpired when he was a teen separated from his family during the Liberian and Sierra Leonean civil wars. Those circumstances nearly left him dead without a coffin. The social anarchy that he lived through inspired the lyrics in the accompanying songs in the book.
A part of the book details how he migrated to the United States from West Africa. That is how his quest for a better life came to fruition. America offered Wilfred what many would call a second chance, but bittersweet experiences lingered after his dramatic past. He would put his sincerest musical aspirations aside to rehabilitate himself from the inside out as he made up for the lost time. He worked on healing while forgiving those who had wronged him. In anticipation of new challenges, he pursued a different set of accomplishments.
Some of those attainments included his post-secondary education and academic vocation, which ended his desperate pursuit of financial stability. He wrote most of the lyrics on the accompanying album to this book during or after his experience in Africa and the US. He wrote a second set of songs, "City of Kings Reloaded," in Toronto, Canada, while preparing to record his third studio album. This book should encourage the reader to decipher the lyrics of Freddy Will's "While I'm Still Young... the Talking Drums 1.2v."
Crime Rhymez beautifully illustrates how this Sierra Leonean American went from the United States to Canada and then to the European Union wielding his African heritage. It focuses on how he developed musical and literary talents, launched an independent Hip Hop and writing career, becoming a diplomatic businessman in Germany. As a reader, you will come to surmise the sequence in his travail, and only then will you appreciate his artistic vision. How did he develop as a force with which to reckon?