As one of the cornerstones of the independent rap game, J. Prince and his Rap-A-Lot record label helped lay the blueprint fro hip-hop moguls of today.

Now, he's sharing his story in a new memoir. The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir, will take a look into his storied come-up, as well as detail the key components of his success.

"By staying true to his three principles of heart, loyalty, and commitment, and an unwavering faith in God, he has defeated many adversaries," the book's description reads.

J. Prince, along with Tony Draper of Suave House Records and E-40's Sic Wid It Records have largely been credited with paving a way for some of rap's biggest indie moguls, including Birdman's Cash Money and Master P's No Limit Records. Founded in 1986, Rap-A-Lot houses a slew of classic souther rappers, most notably Geto Boys (and Scarface), as well as Devin the Dude.

"There is the myth and mystique of J. Prince, and I think he's earned that... people should be aware of the contributions and the grind and the hustle and the time that he's put into this game," Bun B's said of the book.

JAY-Z also chime in with words about the books release. "A lot of times in the music business, you see people and y'all bullshit each other... But when you do business with [J. Prince], you're held at your word. You know if he tells you something, he's gonna do it, which is refreshing."

The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir drops on June 22. Pre-order it on Amazon here.

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