After serving six long years in the New York State prison system, Author $$Mike has emerged as one of the most prolific writers in the game. The first words written to 'R.O.C Hard the life of a true hustler...' was inked as Author $$Mike was locked in the "box" while serving time at Riverview Correctional Facility. Using his past experiences as a source of storytelling, R.O.C Hard was born. It tells the story of a young hustler named Kilo, who became a major drug dealer in Marketview Heights. It is a true account of what it's really like being a major drug dealer in a city (Rochester, New York) where the murder rate competes nationally with other cities every year. Sex, murder, drugs, snitching, and betrayal is written with the clarity of a movie. Only a man who has lived this life could write such a novel. Today, Author $$Mike is a current BSW student studying at The College at Brockport. He lives in Rochester, New York along with his two handsome sons, Jakari and Kahmar, and his beautiful niece Jahirah.