Jensen Karp + Vanessa Bayer

Thursday June 16: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Jensen Karp, the man formerly known as Hot Karl, never guessed that he’d go from a 12-year-old rapping at a friend’s bar mitzvah in the Valley to a million-dollar deal. But when a label exec tuned into his record-breaking rap-battling streak on a popular radio contest, he was launched to the forefront of a search for new rap voices in the early 2000’s. In his brand-new memoir, Kanye West Owes Me $300 & Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big, Karp airs it all out: the artists he recorded with like Kanye, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, and, the drama that kept his album in the vaults (two words: Slim Shady), and what he found instead of rap glory.

Joining Jensen to talk rap, comedy, and everything in between will be Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer.


Buy a copy of Kanye West Owes Me $300 or a $15 gift card in-store at Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room, located on the third floor, accessible via 826 Broadway.


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