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Brandon Harris is a professor, documentary filmmaker, and writer based in New York.

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Secretary of State. Such grisly violence wasn't enough to keep Carter's year-old self out of "The Game.

In the book Carter frequently admits to not believing his own good fortune. The only ex-Marcy resident to dine with multiple presidents was, simultaneously, still dealing crack and still living in Marcy.

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People whom Carter had known as authority figures were suddenly part of a new zombie class, "worse than prostitutes and almost as bad as snitches. During its time, the Robert Taylor homes housed some of the poorest residents in the country.

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In his story of the criminal mainline that became a sideline and then fodder for his continuing street cred as a wildly popular rap artist and global brand, guns were often drawn but rarely fired, near misses piling upon one another. With such poverty, the Robert Taylor Homes recorded some of the highest rates of violent crime and gang activity in Chicago.

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Whenever Jigga returned to Marcy to score more dope for his Trenton exploits, he would link up with Jaz, another MC from Marcy who had first begun to push a young Carter to explore his musical proclivities. Secretary of War and U. The contemporary Jay-Z reflects on his rise from waiting around in building lobbies to taking meetings with Saudis. In his own testimony, the Bed-Stuy of Carter's preteen years consisted mostly of the inner workings of the Marcy Houses and the streets surrounding the complex. The intentional, state-mandated segregation that greeted the construction of New York's public housing stock, enacted a century after Marcy's time, has borne many strange fruit. During its time, the Robert Taylor homes housed some of the poorest residents in the country. Fourteen years later, the complex was expanded north six additional city blocks to Clara Street. Carter recalls having to dodge the glass shards that lined the "grassy patches that passed for a park" while playing touch football, and tipping a benched, unresponsive heroin addict as you would a cow sleeping on a pasture. Follow him on Twitter. Because Missouri public housing was racially segregated until , the 33 story buildings were originally built to house segregated sects of young, middle-class whites and Blacks; but the projects became the home of mostly African American inhabitants as St. A lucrative drug market thrived in spaces where little other economic opportunity was being encouraged, not by the state, not by private individuals of means. Such grisly violence wasn't enough to keep Carter's year-old self out of "The Game. Carter was still too busy getting into turf wars in Trenton with other crack dealers who felt he and an associate were crowding in on their sales by undercutting their price.

Fourteen years later, the complex was expanded north six additional city blocks to Clara Street. Crack made it a lot harder to get by in a place where all the weak and poor had to prey on were, for the most part, other weak and poor people. Reports of muggers waiting to rob residents in the stairwells as they trekked between elevator floors fueled high crime rates.

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Crack made it a lot harder to get by in a place where all the weak and poor had to prey on were, for the most part, other weak and poor people. Success could only mean self-sufficiency, being a boss, not a dependent. It wasn't until a sixth-grade field trip to a white teacher's Manhattan brownstone, one that provided a view of nearby Central Park, that he realized he came from humble beginnings. The competition wasn't about greed—or not just about greed. When construction began in , the development bordered Louisiana Ave. Since, they have become inhabited by predominantly African American and Latino families. Fourteen years later, the complex was expanded north six additional city blocks to Clara Street. Unlike most public housing plots, Pruitt-Igoe survived for only a short period of time. Secretary of State. People whom Carter had known as authority figures were suddenly part of a new zombie class, "worse than prostitutes and almost as bad as snitches. In his own testimony, the Bed-Stuy of Carter's preteen years consisted mostly of the inner workings of the Marcy Houses and the streets surrounding the complex. When the crack epidemic reached Bed-Stuy, or at least the clutch of buildings that dominated Carter's vision of it, "what had been was gone, and in its place was a new way of life that was suddenly everywhere and seemed like it had been there forever.

Architects designed the collection of six-story buildings in a unique Y shape hoping to give residents more access to sunlight. The violent, crack-riddled streets and project corridors, the ones conservative journals such as The Weekly Standard foolishly claimed were full of "Super-Predators" during Carter's youth, have become, if not universally prosperous, much less riven by shootings and robberies as crime, all over the city and the industrialized Western world, dropped.

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