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Twisted Black, ‘Street Fame’ (TVT)

Kyle Anderson // April 17, 2007

Twisted Black might be the most legit coke rapper ever — he was recently convicted in federal court of conspiracy to distribute crack. But he’s not just a rap sheet; he’s also a storyteller whose lyrics recall Proust’s madeleines (a piece of jewelry, the sound of a drug dealer’s shoes when he runs from the cops) as much as Biggie’s hustler tales. Street Fame is flush with tracks like “Coldest Summer Ever,” a breathless account of two dealers named Heavy and Pretty Boy trying to outscam one another. These epic narratives are filled with such chilling specificity that it’s a miracle Black survived to spin them.

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