Game Over

The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler

Game Over

A cautionary tale about the life of former kingpin Azie Faison, who has become the fabric of street legend

Faison was a ninth grade dropout who earned more than $100,000 a week selling cocaine in Harlem, New York, during the peak of America's "War on Drugs" between 1983 and 1990. Faison, along with two partners, was an urban prince with cars, jewels, and people -- in awe of this million-dollar phenomenon -- at his feet. His legacy has been praised by hip-hop's top names in their lyrics, and his life was the basis for the urban cult classic film Paid in Full starring Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, and rapper Cam'ron and produced by Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Films.

In Game Over, Azie brings forth a powerful memoir of New York's perilous drug underworld and music industry, with an intellect and wisdom to empower and challenge the street culture he knows so very well.
  • Atria Books | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416545019 | 
  • August 2007


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About the Authors

Azie Faison

Azie Faison is a former drug lord turned anti-drug advocate. He wrote Paid in
, the blockbuster biopic based on his life, and his self-produced
documentary on street crime is a cult bestseller in the urban video marketplace.
Check out Azie at


Agyei Tyehimba

Agyei Tyehimba holds a master of professional studies degree in African and
African American studies from Cornell University, and a bachelor's degree in
sociology from Syracuse University. He is an educator in New York City. Check
out Agyei at