Given Lamar Odom's reported addiciton to it and Toronto mayor Rob Ford's alleged affinity for it, it seems crack (besides being wack) is back. And Lupe Fiasco's taken notice. He's got a new song with Chris Brown simply titled, "Crack," the lead off his forthcoming Tetsuo & Youth.
As he prepares the single's release, which he says is neither an endorsement nor a condemnation of the life-zapping substance, we've collected a sampling of some of the most provocative and vivid tales of how the drug was an American nightmare during the nation's "Crack Era" (1984-1997). Read on.