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In major cities and small towns all across the country, the crack coke epidemic of the 1980s ravaged neighborhoods and changed minor street toughs into rich and powerful legends. Former West Coast kingpin “Freeway” Ricky Ross and New York coke lord Azie Faison have long since left their former pasts behind, but are joining forces to debut an upcoming mixtape series titled Seeds Of The Game: The Next Generation

Although the pair won’t be taking on rappers Rick Ross and Nas affiliate AZ for aping their namesakes with the bars, they will be featuring rappers from both the East and West Coasts on the mixtapes  reports AllHipHop. Faison, who made his name alongside famed dealers Rich Porter and Alberto “Alpo” Martinez, also penned the 2002 cult classic flick from Jay-Z and Damon Dash’s former Roc-A-Fella Films, Paid In Full , which featured fellow Harlem native Cam’Ron and veteran actors Wood Harris and Mekhi Phifer.

“I wrote Paid In Full not to lure other any other youth into the game of death (drug culture), but instead to show them that all that glitters is not gold and that everyone must seek God first,” said Faison to AllHipHop. “Freeway” Ricky Ross casts an even more infamous shadow, and was one of the most powerful dealers in history. He reportedly earned $1 million per day in his trade and has been the subject of documentaries and several news features.

Faison is working on another film and already has a documentary, Game Over, which focuses on his days with Porter and Martinez, under his belt. The release date for the mixtapes will be revealed some time in the coming week.

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