Frank C. Matthews
|Frank C. Matthews|
July 13, 1972|
Brooklyn, New York
|Literary movement||Black literature|
|Notable works||Respect the Jux|
Author Frank Matthews is a native of Brooklyn, New York, who grew up with dreams of becoming an NBA superstar. During the 1990s, Matthews' dreams came to a halt when he was lured away by the drug trade, landing him behind bars. He spent the majority of his time reading books by two of the world's most renowned, contemporary African-American authors, Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines, who told stories of life on the streets during the 1970s. The books awakened the writer in Matthews, and he began translating his own experiences of life on the streets into stories.
After studying the world of publishing and realizing there was a unique audience for this style of writing, Matthews began writing stories that he categorized as "true fiction," a fictional take on real events from an author who has experienced them first hand. He wrote with a passion that leaves no doubt about his love for the written word and his desire to share with all, a glimpse inside his own unique and very special underworld of crime. Having written his first book, entitled Respect the Jux, Matthews knew he had two options: return to the streets or take his gift of writing "true fiction" to the masses.
After submitting his work to a slew of publishing companies that either ignored or rejected his story, Frank refused to give up hope. He knew there was an audience that would relate to and embrace "true fiction," so he self-published Respect the Jux himself. Over 20,000 copies of the book were quickly sold, peaking the interest of his current publisher Simon & Schuster, who released the book nationwide in September 2010.
The book catapulted Matthews into the sphere typically reserved for literary greats, while capturing the attention of everyone from rappers Jay-Z, Ghostface Killer, and 50 Cent (who rapped on Lloyd Banks single "Hands Up": "You know when you party with crooks you gotta learn to Respect the Jux"), Vado, Jae Millz, Maino, to literary powerhouses such as bestselling author and publisher Karen Hunter. In September 2010, critically acclaimed Hollywood director F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, Set It Off, Friday, Law Abiding Citizen) bought the TV and film rights to Respect The Jux. Captivating, intriguing and mesmerizing – all words that describe Frank Matthews' uncanny ability to bring readers into the worlds that he creates. His auspicious debut is a dynamic tale of brotherhood, greed and power, leaving readers with an insatiable want for more. Matthews is awaiting the release of his second novel, entitled Bury Me In It.
- Respect the Jux (2006)
Reference is made to Matthews' novel Respect the Jux by the following rappers:
- You know when you party with crooks you gotta learn to Respect the Jux'
- -from Lloyd Banks ft. 50 Cents "Hands Up" 
- It's not a game out here so pay attention
Kids popping dangs out here and it ain't missing Respect the jux can't jux no cane givin (?) Murder she wrote read by the book, you ain't listenin'
- -from Respect the Jux, "Vado ft. Jae Millz"
- Fix ya face, this a robbery, nigga, Respect the Jux'
Stop shaking, you making me nervous, I know that you shook
- -from [YAPP CITY]
- Y'ALL DUDES GONNA RESPECT THE JUX, IM NO GOOD MYSELF SO I SIGNED WITH CROOKS'
- -from [FREE SHOTS] FT. DJ KAY SLAY
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- Simon & Schuster Author Frank C. Matthews
- Whats Poppin
- "Win A 'Respect The Jux' Prize Pack", BillBoard.
- Maino - "Respect the Jux" (Mixtape), The Source Magazine
- Black Voices
- Global Grind
- Rolling Out Magazine
- "F. Gary Gray Acquires Film Rights To Crime Novel “Respect the Jux”, Shadow and Act, September 13, 2010.
- Simon and Schuster
- April Pohren, "Interview: Frank C. Matthews, Author of Respect the Jux", Blog Critics, January 9, 2011.
- "From down and out to selling 20,000 books: Interview with former inmate and author Frank C. Matthews", Literarily Speaking, January 14, 2011.
- AALBC Author
- Samson Styles, "The Power Of The Pen!", BET (Black Entertainment Television, October 27, 2010.