Many remember Tray Deee as part of west coast trio, Tha Eastsidaz (alongside Snoop Dogg and Goldie Loc). The group gained platinum success with their 2000 debut album, Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz, but his rap career cut short in 2003 by a 12-year prison bid.
Despite the setback, the incarcerated rapper (real name: Tracey Davis) is expressing his creativity through another outlet: writing.
Via LeNoir Publications’ debut release of Streetz Gon’ Cry, Tray Dee teamed up to co-author the novel alongside jailed gangster-turned-author, Anthony Barrow.
Apparently the pair met through an introduction by JD of Ice Cube’s legendary rap group Da Lench Mob. From there, the idea for the novel was born.
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,” said a rep for the rapper.
Big Tray Deee previously stated that his earliest possibility for parole would be 2013.
Streetz Gon’ Cry is available now through Amazon.com.