Many remember Tracey "Big Tray Deee" Davis as part of the legendary west
coast rap group, Tha Eastsidaz, which featured him alongside Snoop Dogg
and Lil Goldie Loc. The group gained platinum success with their debut
album, "Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz." With his rap career cut
short in 2003 by a 12 year prison bid however, many have long counted
the former lyricist out of the game.
But talent and perseverance are qualities a prison cell cannot easily
contain, as proven with LeNoir Publications' debut release of "Streetz
Gon' Cry," a gritty urban tale co-authored by none other than Big Tray
Deee alongside another incarcerated gangster turned author, Anthony
Barrow. "Streetz Gon' Cry" literally blends another component into West
coast gangsta' rap, detailing the real life scenario behind the lyrics.
Blazing in the trails of urban literary giants like Chester Hines,
Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines, Tray Deee and Barrow present a street
saga laced with drugs, murder, gang warfare and a cast of nefarious
characters. With South Central Los Angeles as the backdrop, the authors
convincingly elaborate with first-hand experience about what they know.
"Streetz Gon' Cry" is a fictional account of the King Crips and the
Vernon Boys, who have an on-and-off rivalry. Both sets have their vision
locked on controlling the cocaine trade in the Crenshaw District.
Protagonist, Carter, a notorious, ride-or-die hustler from the Vernon
Boys, is fresh out of the state penitentiary and on a mission to reclaim
the streets. During his absence, acts of betrayal have placed his hood
on the brink of implosion. With his mentor, Wolf, directing traffic from
behind the walls of a federal prison, Carter plots his ultimate takeover
to assume authority of the street's illicit cash flow. Plot twists and
turns pump and jump like the hydraulics on '64 Chevy cruisin' Crenshaw
Boulevard. It's a ride that will make you buckle up and hold on.
Growing up on the gang active east side of Long Beach, CA, Tray Deee
started gang banging and breaking the law at a very young age, spending
his late teens and early 20's in some of California's most violent
high-level penitentiaries. Tray Deee started writing rhymes as a hobby
in 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. That
gift propelled him to fame as he contributed to major motion picture
soundtracks, including "Gang Related," "Gridlocked," "A Thin Line
Between Love and Hate," "Baby Boy," and "Rush Hour II." As an act, his
group Tha Easidaz opened for the highest grossing rap tour in history,
"The Up in Smoke" tour. Cites Big Tray Deee, "My rap skills are just the
icing on the cake. As an author now, I can give my fans and readers an
even clearer understanding of the underworld activities of the Wild West
with much more intrigue and detail."
Anthony Barrow became enamored with gang-banging and hustling early on,
pledging allegiance to the Crip gang that controlled his neighborhood.
His father was close friends with legendary Los Angles hustler Tracy
Morrow aka "Ice-T." Anthony saw up close how crime "pays." His first
hand exposure to several other street bosses fueled his thirst for cash
and the finer things in life.
During his teenage years he became part of a circle that executed daring
bank robberies. His eventual capture lead to a lengthy prison sentence.
Currently behind bars, Barrow was inspired to share his worldview about
street life. "I am a fan of street lit," expresses Barrow, "but I have
yet to come across a book that fully exploits what goes on in these mean
L.A. streets. I lived it so I figured who better to tell the real deal."
An introduction by JD of Ice Cube's legendary rap group "Da Lench Mob"
brought Barrow and Tray Deee together and "Streetz Gon' Cry" was born. A
highly charged, unapologetic tale fueled by two street savvy brains,
"Streetz Gon' Cry" explodes with conflict, danger and suspense.
Get your take on the action now at http://www.LeNoirPublications.com/
Watch the book trailer for STREETZ GON'CRY by Big Tray Deee and Anthony
Barrow at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS_Pvlfh2Ww.