In T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., Sanyika Shakur’s first novel (following his acclaimed gang memoir Monster), semi-reformed Crips leader Lapeace tries desperately to evade bigoted cops and to locate his own moral center in mid-’90s L.A.
Boyz N the Hood as a straight-to-DVD pulpfest.
Two-dimensional characters and shoddy plotting abound, but Shakur delivers some moments of powerful pathos — and a numbingly high body count, if it’s gore you’re looking for. B-