Hate/Smile- The Greatest Story Never Told is an autobiography of Neal Studzinski. Neal is an epitome of resilience, faith, self-belief, and perseverance. Suffering from bipolar disorder, Neal picks himself back up each time his mental illness attempts at knocking him down. Read the book to know how Neal withstands adversities and bounces back from his challenging mental disorder and other problems in life.
Mike Ruby Manix is Eminem's high school friend that also helped start the groups Soul Intent and Bassmint Productions. He was my favorite back in the day. He moved to Florida to be with a lady right before Eminem took off.
Robert Claus Eminem's friend from the Novara house. They lived together on Novara street and he also goes by DJ Rec. Robert Claus was the inspiration for the Cheddar Bob character in 8 MIle.
Matt DJ Butterfingers Ruby was a member of the groups Soul Intent and Bassmint productions along with his twin brother, Mike Manix Ruby. Butterfingers was know as a scratch master on the turntables.
He found musical friends and compadres to work with Mike (Manix) Ruby who began producing tracks for him to write and record his raps to along with his twin brother Matt (DJ Buttafingaz) Ruby who was quickly perfecting his skills as a scratch-master on the wheels of steel. Check out James Deel's biography here.
Neal Studzinski is a multi-talented creative mind who has shown his prowess as a marketing professional, entrepreneur, front-end developer, and writer. A business graduate from Baker College of Clinton Township, MI, Studzinski went to high school on 8 Mile and hung out with Eminem and his roommates: Robert Claus (Chedda' Bob), Mike (Manix) & Matt (Butterfingers) Ruby, and the late James Deel (Chaos Kid). He learned to walk the walk at a young age hanging out with those guys. Neal watched the formation of the groups Soul Intent and Bassmint Productions. He already knew how to talk the talk.
"It's more of an account of an innocent mind who wants to cherish and treasure every single bit of his memories, be it about a person or any event. The writer has tried to strike a balance between distressing issues of his life with some cheering ones, giving a message to the reader as to how life could be lived to the fullest with all the ups and downs."
It's quite an insightful yet entertaining memoir despite being shaded with the writer's trauma related to his mental illness, the memoir attempts at covering the pain with hope, strength, and pleasing moments that happened in different phases of his own life as well as in even those of his great grandparents. The language is very clear, simple, and easy for everyone to read and comprehend.
Neal's work is a beautiful account of a trip down memory lane. The way he reminisces over memories of past events and that of his people who existed even long before the start of the 19th century took me on a journey over some time machine, each event being narrated so vividly that I felt as if I am watching a film. The memoir seemed to be more of a literal record of the writer's life and that of his relatives. Just because something happened doesn't mean you have to pen it down.
I enjoy reading the book. It is quite relatable as it captures almost all the shades of one's life, in general. With the ideas expressed so clearly and candidly, there is so much attention to detail. Though the writer mentions his mental disorder with grief at several places, the content is not all gloom. The writer knows how to change your mood. He beautifully takes you away from those sad accounts to playful digressions. A must-read for all!