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The Legendary Fritz Had Unfinished Business in Dallas Hip-Hop

Matt Deas' rapper name, Legendary Fritz, pays homage to his late cousin (and "Harlem gangster") Richard "Fritz" Simmons. The 'Legendary' part came later, when Deas' was freestyling at Club Exodus in Dallas. Hip-hop legend KRS-One happened to be there, promoting one of his new albums. During his battle, Deas was dropping KRS' song titles in his flow, which prompted KRS one to say to Deas after the show that if he did that in New York, they would've called him 'Legendary' Fritz. And so it began.

In 2001, Zac Crain (now the senior editor at D Magazine) wrote in the Observer that "Fritz calling himself legendary ain't no joke." Over a decade later, he's still got it.

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Mac McCann is a writer from Dallas. His work, covering a variety of topics, has been published in more than a dozen publications around the country, including The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The Charlotte Observer, The Austin American-Statesman, Complex, Reason, Austin Chronicle, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, OC Weekly, Phoenix New Times and more.
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