Some of the grimmest and most lucid street tales from the post-2000 New York state underground have been spun by 38 Spesh, a boom-bap disciple with well over a dozen solo and collaborative projects, including Time Served (2012), Stabbed & Shot (2018), and A Bullet for Every Heathen (2019). The rapper and producer has worked closely with fellow Upstate natives such as Benny the Butcher and Che Noir, and has recorded with influences including Kool G Rap, Ghostface Killah, and DJ Premier. Spesh, originally known as 38 Special, has been rapping since the early 2000s. In 2006, he appeared on Alive on Arrival, a mixtape by early supporter and fellow Rochester product DJ Green Lantern. By the end of that decade, Spesh had headlined a couple Lantern-presented tapes. Imprisoned for a couple years, the artist returned in 2012 with Time Served ...
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