Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bris got massive shoes to fill. But its hard to get your come up when youre labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job.
So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral . . . for all the wrong reasons. Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesnt just want to make itshe has to.Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Upis an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation.
It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isnt always free.