Cosby Media Productions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/15/15
Johnson Brothers Blend Sight and Sound in their New Literary Masterpiece through Cosby Media Productions
Detroit, MI: Authors Bryan and Paul Johnson announce the worldwide release of their debut fiction, music themed masterpiece on eBook format, “IXI: Rise of The King.” Through the use of QR Codes and URLs, this compelling thriller incorporates a hip-hop soundtrack and vivid video clips to create a multi-sensory experience for the reader. Think the TV show Empire meets DaVinci Code meets 8 Mile.
At the breakout moment of his music career, Solomon "Sal" Stein holds visions of success for the near future. He is brought into the family of IXI "One By One" Records, the hottest label in Detroit and nationwide. But not everything is glitter and gold the deeper Sal gets into the world of IXI. Cryptic messages, pushy corporate reps who want to buy his house, and the beginnings of a new relationship are pulling him in too many directions. And, after the unthinkable happens, and Sal thinks he's found the one person with all the answers, he learns that there's always another side of the story. Will Sal get what he's looking for, or will he lose everything at the hands of those he thought he could trust?
Bryan and Paul Johnson are brothers born and raised in the Pinelake Village Cooperative housing units in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They credit most of their life lessons to their neighborhood, which at the time, was a low-income African American community that, despite the obvious influences of drugs was a supportive and positive place to grow up. As “‘80s Babies,” they became early fans of hip-hop. As teens, they dreamed of becoming rap stars and formed the rap group, “Lakwater” (pronounced “Lake Water) in the late 1990s. They signed with an independent local record label, and their group was featured in the November 1998 edition of Spice Magazine, alongside well-known artists like Missy Elliott and DMX. After leaving the music industry to purse careers in business and education, the brothers joined forces to pen the create the sttory IXI: Rise of the King which combines their love of hip-hop and their experienecs in the music industry with their passion for writing.
Published by Cosby Media Productions, the eBook is available in paperback and eBook reader formats including through barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, and smashwords.com. For more information, visit www.ixirotk.com.
IXI Rise of the King: A novel with a soundtrack
Lexile Score: 920L
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC
For generations, conspiracy theorists have linked the music industry and the occult. From AC/DC to Jay-Z, music artists have been accused of everything from hiding demonic messages in their lyrics to being members of secret societies, and worse. IXI: Rise of the King explores these conspiracy theories through a compelling story based on several actual events. It also has a Christian message and moral that inspires and challenges readers.
More than a novel, IXI: Rise of the King is a multi-censory experience that combines a nail-biting thriller with short, action-packed vignettes and a soundtrack that fully immerse the reader into the story. In the paperback version, the multi media features are accessible through the reader’s smart phone by scanning QR codes that are displayed on the pages. The electronic version has QR codes and URL links. Within the first week of release, the eBook shot to number one on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Rap Music list alongside big names like Jay Z, Scarface, and 50 Cent.
Set against the gritty urban backdrop of Detroit, Michigan, IXI: Rise of the King follows the life of Solomon, “King Sal” Stein, an up and coming hip-hop artist who’s trying to make it big in the music industry while facing the threat of losing his deceased mother’s house to forclosure. When IXI “One By One” Records, the hottest record company in the world offers him a deal, it seems as if his dreams have been answered. But not everything is glitter and gold. Cryptic messages, pushy corporate reps who want to buy his mother’s house, and the beginnings of a new relationship are pulling him in too many directions. And, after the unthinkable happens, and Sal thinks he's found the one person with all the answers, he learns that there's always another side of the story.
The Soundtrack to IXI: Rise Of The King is a thirteen track musical representation of the novel. Co-executive produced by Kevin Massey and Erron Morton of Breathe Easy LLC; along with the Johnson brothers, its sole purpose is to provide a sonic contribution to the overall reading experience, by helping transport the reader into the lives of characters. The calculated collection of songs often takes on a life of its own, as it organically nestles itself between the chapters of this multi climatic and suspenseful novel. This team of writers and producers have created a flawless marriage between music and literature which IXI: Rise Of The King project are a collection of musicians and song writers who share a common love of the arts and willingness to push the boundaries of sound.