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.

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Crack era

Great read so far. Half way done


It was a great story that took you from the beginning,middle,and end of your coming of age in the game.Plus what your mindstate was during those times.You also showed your honest truth and vulnerabilities throughout book.It was definitely one the best books I ever read hands down.


Actually this book was a gift for my big bro, I asked him about it he said overall great book! Sorry I don't have any specific details..

The Crack Era

Having lived through the era This book brought a lot of memories both good and bad Great book Awesome read 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Salute K Chiles and the Don Diva Family


Excellent book


On point


The Crack Era: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Kevin Chiles

east coast perspective

As someone familiar to the dondiva brand it was what I hoped it to be.
Manchild in the Promised Land + your favorite hip hop period movie +
Huey Newton Revolutionary Suicide. Good read.

Incredible 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Flex interview didn’t do it for me ...all flex fault honestly ...saw his interview on queens flip and heard him mention his book ...copped it immediately...haven’t put it down since ...def need a documentary next


The book and shipping was great

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