In a new Q&A with EBONY.com, Rev. Run discussed how he started dishing out advice to the masses as well as how his forthcoming book with Tyrese, Manology, came to be.
EBONY: You’ve made a second career from doling out advice. Why do you think people listen to you the way we do?
RR: I believe I had an anointing. I started out, obviously, with the rap group Run-DMC, and I started going to church and looking up to various pastors and being mentored by Bishop Jordan. And next thing you know, it just came across me that I started writing words of wisdom and saying ’em on the radio. After I put the television show [Run’s House] on, with me giving words of wisdom at the end, Twitter came along, and it was like a perfect fit for me to put up words of wisdom. I get up in the morning, and I have something I’m dealing with, and I just give out the wisdom of how I’m dealing with things, so they’re so real. People can feel they’re not just stale words, they’re actually written the moment before I put ’em up. It’s not like I prepare words two days before, it’s at the moment. And more people say, “Wow, I’m dealing with this at this moment.” So my words are very prophetic in nature.
EBONY: And there’s more advice coming at the top of the year. You’re doing a book with Tyrese Gibson. Is the book more for men or for women?
RR: The book that I have coming, called Manology, is for both men and women. It’s me helping people to have a healthy relationship, a healthy marriage. I’m very excited about it.
EBONY: What made you guys want to put that together?
RR: Tyrese called me some years ago. I didn’t really know him, and I put up a word of wisdom and we got into a little argument. And I said, “you know, we should do a book called, I Beg to Differ.” Then we just came up with a book called Manology, so that he can talk about what he knows about his relationships as a single man, and [I can write] what I know about my relationship with my wife and kids. So it’ll bring people in that are married, and it’ll bring people in that are single and interested in becoming married.
You can read the rest of the interview over at EBONY.
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