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Thursday, February 09, 2006



Dedicated to the game. Collection of text and photographs by Tracy Funches and Rob Marriot, published by Harper Collins in 2002.

From the introduction by Chicago Michael Ace:
The book you're about to dive into constitutes one of the rare occasions when our particular lifestyle as hustlers and survivors is fairty portrayed, without ever yielding to stereotype or comedic misrepresentation. Seeing these pictures and reading this story, you will discover that Once Upon a Time in the Ghetto, long before the emergence of ballers, shot callers, high rollers, new jacks, and the like, we were the first of the easy-money boys. We were the slicksters and tricksters and gamesters who coined the ultimate title of honor and respect -- player! -- and bestowed that honorific epithet upon those who deserved it.
Buy the book here


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