Dean Van Nguyen

Dean Van Nguyen

Music Journalist & Cultural Critic

As seen in The Irish Times, The Guardian, Pitchfork, NME, Passion of the Weiss, The Independent, Wax Poetics etc.

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Biggie article
Wax Poetics Magazine

Ready to Die: How Biggie created hip-hop's definitive crime epic

Harking back to a time when infamous street gang the Forty Thieves gripped Manhattan’s Five Points intersection and its adjoining neighborhoods in the early nineteenth century, New York City has been a backdrop for a wide variety of criminals and huge scope of criminality. From the five Mafia families that dominated the city’s organized crime for decades, to the rebellious youths of Bronx-born gang the Black Spades, NYC’s history is forever tied to the activities of these vivid and sometimes violent rogues, while the names of big-city kingpins like Al Capone, Frank Lucas, Dutch Schulz, and John Gotti will forever have a place in the worldwide pop culture lexicon.