Official 1st Book Of The Year: Needles For Free: A Manic Episode – by Ryan K Smith

Needles For Free cover

In addition to our seasonal reading list we also have Da Chicken Shack’s 1st Book of the Year. For 2015 we have chosen Needles For Free┬áby Ryan K Smith. This is a very unique story based on true events and written from a manic perspective, inspired by Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Aglernod”. The best book of 2015 hands down. We look forward to works by Ryan K. Smith.

Ryan K Smith, grew up in Chester, PA and is staff writer for various newspapers and magazines and a contributing writer to Complex, Ebony and Don Diva.


Have you ever asked yourself, “What is bipolar disorder?” The term “bipolar” gets thrown around haphazardly, but it is a real disorder that effects everyday people. It is also known as manic depression.

‘Needles For Free’ is a journey through an experience bipolar people know all too well: the manic episode, displaying many of the symptoms of bipolar disorder. The writer takes the reader through mania after a wild incident at a trying time during the main character, Free’s life. He has found himself in the mental ward yet again and keeps a journal. But, is has he really lost it or is actually living in a new reality?


Too Short | Spotlight

Too Short is an Oakland MC from the 80s who brought pimping into the rap game. Not only does he produce, write his own rhymes, but he has been doing it for almost 30 years straight! Arguably every MC has been influenced on some level or another by “Short Dawg”. With career ups and downs, a couple years ago he was caught by TMZ taking local Oakland officers on a foot pursuit, but he’s also a platinum seller. Even if you’ve never bought a Too Short album you’ve definitely heard his influence and his unique way of saying “beyotch!” on popular tv shows, movies, and in various songs. Most recently Too Short has been appearing in reality tv shows (Couple’s Therapy, LA Hair) which has given his long lasting career even more life. Take time to explore Too Short’s 16 + album catalogue and get ready to learn something about macking and pimping and Oakland. The video attached is especially unique because Short describes his lengthy career in 2 short 16s on a club beat like only Too Short can. Honorable mention for the Gettin It album, Too Short’s short lived retirement project, and the CLASSIC Freaky Tales. ENJOY! BEYOTCH!