Drawing parallels to renowned franchises like Straight Outta Compton, Hamilton, and Breaking Bad, FRAZY CREEK invites readers to witness the intense origin stories of two cats caught up in the gritty urban gangland of Long Beach, California (aka 'the LBC'). Told through a richly woven tapestry of dark humor and well-structured feline complexity, readers watch two rival cat gangs vie for dominance -- the Frazy gang and the Tail Collectaz. On the Frazy side, our anti-hero 'Trill' reluctantly rises to power after a brutal attack. On the Tail Collecta side, antagonist 'DragonDrop' climbs the ranks fueled by a new wonder-drug called 10-L. As conflicts escalate, the novel delves into the complexities of duty, loyalty, ambition, fate, and the darkness that power can unleash.
Built atop the city's deep hip-hop roots and interwoven with original cat gangster rap verse, FRAZY CREEK paints a vivid picture of a lurid and often brutal feline underworld. The tale captures the essence of cat gang life, crafting a unique and darkly humorous literary experience rife with symbolism, thematic depth, satire, and cultural insights. With a present tense style that quickly immerses readers into its world via a sprawling cast of characters and situations, FRAZY CREEK offers readers a uniquely engaging and surprisingly literary story. The book strives to capture the intensity often portrayed in gangster rap, but using cats as characters, which confers a humorous effect.
If you know Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle CD (1993), or if you've caught some old-school, cult, gang-type films like The Warriors (1979), some of the conventions used in the book would be familiar (e.g., the inclusion of a recurring DJ character who chimes in between chapters to provide commentary and spin the latest cat hip-hop chartbusters).
While FRAZY CREEK may appeal to some young adults, it's imporrtant to note that the book contains mature themes. FRAZY CREEK is warring cat gangs, dirty cat cops, cat prostitutes, cat rappers, rival cat record labels, and cat gang bangers. The book contains nearly 50 original cat hip-hop tunes by the world's most renowned cat rappers. Much like their human counterparts, cat gangster rap often contains adult language and/or themes that some may find offensive.