The Clipse as written by David Simon (“The Wire”): With the Clipse’s second album, “Hell Hath No Fury,” brothers Pusha T and Malice asserted themselves as the prime purveyors of “cocaine rap,” a superstylish genre of hip-hop steeped in the caustic glamour of the drug trade. Who could be trusted to translate this gritty underworld into broad, operatic strokes? “The Wire” creator David Simon, that's who. His West Baltimore is a wasteland covered in broken glass, menacing but beautiful.
Jonathan Mannion
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