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.
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