The Jungle


Like his dad, Art III grew up in Bridgeport, the setting for much of the first half of my book. Whether it's his dad’s 1980s and 90s or Little Art's own post-millenium voyage, "The Jungle" lays out the neighborhood’s enduring criminality and its racial travails. Kids, white or black or colored by whatever shade fate gave them, grow up fast here. For Art and his son and countless others it’s not pose or a fashion statement. Art was my guide through this neighborhood while I was writing the book, and in this song his son is a guide as well, laying out the gangland in a way that’s reminiscent of DA Smart’s “Walk With Me” while at the same time expressing the frustrations and constant worry that come with simple acts like getting on a bus.