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The Crack Era: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Kevin Chiles chronicles one of the most treacherous periods in New York City’s history. As told by a man The New York Times once described as, “The biggest drug lord in Harlem since Nicky Barnes,” Chiles lays bare the harrowing exploits of the narcotics trade Uptown during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s — a world where the lust for freebase cocaine set off a veritable gold rush that turned ghetto boys into young millionaires almost overnight.
“Baseheads” wreaked havoc on the black community. What’s worse, upper Manhattan became the epicenter of murder and mayhem as drug-related killings pushed the city’s annual death toll well into the thousands. A teenager at the time, Kevin earned a rep’ as a boss among bosses and, along with a handful of hustlers from his ‘hood, he would directly influence the very music and fashion that ushered in the golden age of hip hop.
The crack epidemic parlayed money, power, and respect for Kev but it also took his freedom as well as the lives of close friends and family. Now, this candid memoir exposes liars, dispels urban myths, and sheds light on an otherwise dark epoch that has bittersweet implications for many today. Having seen and survived it all, one of America’s most iconic street figures recounts a bygone era of fast cash and high stakes hustling in Harlem.
Very relatable and amazing story with great insight and perspective from the author.
The Crack Era: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Kevin Chiles
Only read the first chapter...but growing up in harlem Washington heights and the bronx...i knew of his story...to see him go from ogden to where he is now is AMAZING...had to buy the book to support....we never looked up to ball players or rappers...we wanted to be like kev ...rich ...guy ect ....you need this book if you a fan of the game
This is an interesting read. It's not a short story by any means. if you are looking for a great read. Pick up a copy for yourself !
Coming from the same walk of life as kevin the book was very relatable I really respect him as a man and the things he stood for while going through his situation not many have stood tall in the same situation. I have a friend currently locked up and I was going to reach out and see if I can get him featured in an issue some day in the future. Overall on the book I give it 5 stars nothing but respect to kev
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