Streetz Gon' Cry by Anthony Barrow

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West South Central itself is the size of most average cities. Overall, it is inhabited by doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, laborers and students. Interwoven within that fabric of citizens are die-hard gang-bangers, murderers and drug-dealers. Of this latter component, you have the King Crips and the Vernon Boys, who have an on-and off rivalry. Both sets have their vision locked on controlling the coke trade in the Crenshaw District. Notorious ride-or-die and hustler, Carter, from Vernon Boys is fresh out of the state penitentiary. During his absence, surreptitious acts of betrayal have placed his hood on the brink of implosion. Yet, Carter has returned with a plan and a purpose. With his mentor Wolf directing traffic from behind the walls of federal prison, Carter only needs to clean up his own backyard and then put the remainder of his pieces in their proper position in order to assume authority of the West Side's illicit cash flow. Motivated by a deeper intent than mere ballin' and flossin', each of his executions are strategically calibrated to propel Carter and the Vernon Boys ahead of any and all competition vying for the top spot in the game. Will he survive long enough to realize his dreams?

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Tracey “Big Tray Deee” Davis is more known for delivering gangsta rhymes than writing urban tales, however after 8 years straight served behind California’s prison walls he has decided to add another title to his already extensive resumé: Author. An introduction by JD of Ice Cube’s legendary rap group “Da Lench Mob” brought Tray Deee together with Anthony “Dope” Barrow, who had already began penning the novel that they ultimately made a joint effort, “Streetz Gon’ Cry”. Growing up on the gang active East side of LBC, Tray Deee started gang banging and breaking the law at a very young age, doing everything necessary to gain a reputation, while at the same time keep his head on his shoulders. The early 1980’s during the heyday of drive-by shootings when Los Angeles County maintained a ridiculously high homicide rate among young Black men, Tray Deee was eventually caught up in the revolving door of repeat incarceration and would spend his late teens and early 20’s in some of California’s most violent high-level penitentiaries. After 7 consecutive trips to prison, he finally “Maxed out”, discharging his prison number and being released without any parole supervision or anyone monitoring his associations. Tray Deee had been writing rhymes as a hobby since 1988, entertaining his homeboys with tales of gang banging and crime as they sat locked away in the penitentiary. His extensive vocabulary and clever wordplay made his songs stand out, and the encouraging response caused him to continue writing lyrics, never imagining that this practice would perfect his style and flow, and thus prepare him for his alignment with a then 21 year old Snoop Doggy Dogg; by far the hottest West Coast MC on the scene at that time. Becoming an official member of the infamous Dogg Pound Gangsta Clique in 1994, Tray Deee began making noise on most West Coast albums, and manly major motion pictures soundtracks – Gang Related, Gridlocked. A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, The Show, Baby Boy, Rush Hour II, etc. – cementing his reputation as a consistently exceptional lyricist. He has garnered a fan base of hard-core gangsta rap fans across the country and around the globe for always providing relatable verses for those curious about or already entrenched in the street life. Forming Tha Eastsidaz rap group with Snoop Dogg and Lil Goldie Loc, they reached platinum success with their debut album, “Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz” and won “Best New Group” at the 2000 Source Awards. They were also the opening act for the highest grossing rap tour in history: The “Up in Smoke” tour. With his decisions to enter the literary world, Big Tray Deee says, “Now the readers can get a clearer understanding of the underworld activities of the Wild West, with much more intrigue and detail.” Picture that. Anthony Barrow was born and raised in Los Angeles, growing up in the Crenshaw district. Early on, he became enamored with the gang-banging and hustling taking place around him, and soon pledged allegiance to the Crip gang that controlled his neighborhood. Anthony’s father was a major influence in his life, and with him being close friends with Los Angles hustler Tracy Morrow A.K.A. “Ice-T” prior to him making it big in music, movies, and television, Anthony saw up close how crime pays. This, along with his exposure to several other street bosses in and around his area having it their way, driving luxury automobiles, wearing high fashion clothing ,flashing jewelry and always accompanied with the prettiest chicks gave him a thirst for cash and the finer things in life. During his teenage years, he became part of a circle that executed daring bank robberies which were strategic and timed with final second precision. Eventually, a by chance observation caused police to close in on him and members of his team, resulting in a capture and a lengthy prison sentence for Anthony. Serving all of his twenties behind bars, the 30 year old grew weary of picking up urban novel after urban novel and reading tales of treachery; dope slangin’ and mega-ballin’ going on everywhere except his familiar stomping grounds: the city of Los Angeles. Channeling his inherent entrepreneurial spirit, Anthony began pouring his heart and soul into crafting engaging stories brought to life from is knowledge and personal experiences encountered in the mean L.A. streets, but still transcending all boundaries and ethnic backgrounds that are parallel. His first offering is “Streetz Gon’ Cry”, a highly charged, unapologetic tale of mashing and getting money, sprinkled with betrayal, both firm and precarious alliances, and brutal murders committed for individual gang preservation as well as the continuance of success. Bringing Big Tray Deee of the rap group “Tha Eastsidaz” aboard as co-author, provided a second street-savvy brain that, guided them to lace the story with unexpected twists and an explosive conclusion to part I that will have readers salivating in anticipation for part II. Guaranteed! “They’ve had their fun with the game”, Anthony says, “Now it’s time for the West to get our shine on.”
Published February 11, 2012 by LeNoir Publications. 268 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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