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BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family Hardcover – March 2, 2010
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The Black Mafia Family, ostensibly a hip-hop record label, was actually an urban midlevel drug-distribution network. Originally based in Detroit, the operation expanded through the genius of the Flenory brothers. Demetrius “Big Meech” was the flamboyant personality behind the Atlanta operation, and Terry was the low-profile and conservative operator of the L.A. operation. With major direct cocaine sources out of Mexico, these brothers escalated their distribution to more than $250 million wholesale value before their downfall. They operated for a period apparently with immunity in Atlanta but were eventually caught through the persistence of a couple of local police and two nationwide federal drug-enforcement networks. Before their fall, the Flenory brothers managed to spread their taint of violence and drugs to reach several prominent people, including Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin and singer Bobby Brown. The rapper known as “Baby Blue” fell as part of the BMF crew, and rapper Young Jeezy escaped by the skin of his teeth. Shalhoup, an award-winning journalist, offers an insightful look at the street-drug industry, which casts a wide net of beneficiaries as well as victims. --Vernon Ford
With superb pacing and a thorough handle on her extensive cast, Shalhoup's true crime debut makes a highly addictive read. (Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review!))
A first rate read. (On Wax Magazine)
…deftly tracks the fortunes of multiple BMF associates and their pursuers in law enforcement… her journalistic chops convey two inescapable messages: The cocaine industry is bigger and more entrenched than most people suspect; and sooner or later, no matter how glamorous, everybody goes down. (Kirkus Reviews)
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With a chronological treatment, Shalhoup will place you amongst the major players of the Black Mafia Family; providing insight into the BMF lifestyle which includes extravagant parties, numerous homes and expensive jewelry & cars. Details of the criminal activity, the familial strife, and Big Meech's foray into the hip-hop entertainment business, all provide the necessary momentum to create the `Rise' and eventual `Fall' of the Black Mafia Family.
This book was recommended by a friend and as soon as I finished reading it I passed my copy on to someone else who wanted to read it..... a testament to the interest in the BMF story.