The story of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his legendary street crew, the Black Mafia Family (BMF), is the tale of a modern-day don who aspired to be something more: a credible name in hip-hop. It is a tale built on the seduction of vast sums of money, a seduction that pulled in hip-hop stars but that also had a darker side.
While BMF was able to attract increasingly mainstream stars, its crew members grew notorious for a cult of violence that threatened a host of other celebrities, including the families of pop icon Bobby Brown and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. BMF’s ruthlessness caused them to rise to incredible power, but wanting even more lead to their downfall.
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The story of Demtrius "Big Meech" Flenory and his legendary street crew, the Black Mafia Family (BMF), is one of a modern-day don who aspired to be something more: a credible name in hip-hop.
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The book is not bad but it is Hassan Johnson who saves this book. Everything in the book needed to be put in a larger context, which is why the specific information sounds so disjointed. Worth a listen though.
I'm half way through this book and I honestly have no idea why I'm supposed to care or be interested in anything that is happening. It's just not a well put together book, it doesn't ever flow or hit a stride and it's boring. I knew nothing about this book going in, just picked it up onsale and figured I'd give it a try - my opinion of which is in my review title. Maybe if you already knew the history of what happened and knew the people involved and actually cared about any of this you might find it interesting as it's not a horrible book, it's just not an interesting book in any way.
Anyways as I said I'm half way through the book and giving up and moving on to something else. Maybe one day I'll come back to this -- but I doubt it.
As for the reader he does an acceptable job. The people saying this isn't english or they can't understand are being dishonest and horribly exaggerating. I've listened to hundreds of books and I've heard bad readers, normally the ones actually hired by Audible are by far the worst amateurs I've ever heard, but this guy is fine, he's not great but he's not bad and he's appropriate for the subject matter.
An excellent listen with a fabulous story. I was engaged immediately in the tale which was wonderfully and skillfully narrated by Hassan Johnson. The fact that this book is about true events made it that much more interesting. The selection of this narrator was a good choice considering his acting background. The narration made for a much richer experience of the story. I highly recommend this book and will be listening to more titles from this narrator.
After hearing this book mentioned on the podcast Brilliant Idiots I quickly went to search for it. The readers voice kept me so engaged with his raspy voice. I finished it in a day. He should read every Walter Mosley book published! The story gave me great insight and will make me go back and look at the attempts of rising in the music industry.
Socially Urban is absolutely the best blog EVER!
Yes, because it's very syncic and the story moved along at a good pace. I was close to people who worked for the label so I thought I pretty much knew the whole story but there were things even I didn't know ... and I liked that. Kept it interesting.
The information about Young Jeezy.
Yes but he had a New York accent. This story took place in Atlanta so I think they should have hired someone with a southern accent or someone with no discernable accent. But he did do a good job overall.
One thing that wasn't mentioned was the time Meech chartered a 747 commercial airplane on a whim and invited anyone who could make it to the airport before takeoff. His crew picked up every stripper in the city and took everyone on an all expense trip to Miami. He booked the top 3 floors of a very nice hotel and even gave everyone spending money. In all it was about 120 + who came along. That weekend all the strip clubs were empty and had to close. I'm sure he spent more than a million on that one weekend. I would have gone but no one told me until the plane was airborne.
I lived in Atlanta when all of these events took place and knew a few of the people mentioned in the book. There are a few facts that the author got wrong but that's to be expected when you're writing about people who you have no access to. I was even offered a job working on the promotion side of the record label. Everyone knew it wasn't totally legit so I respectfully declined.
This was a good book. Although the narrator messed up a word or two,I think that he did a wonderful job. I was aware of this crew and I know that very few people attain the level of success that they had. It is an intricate crew< which means that the story is intricate. The narrator is the perfect at explaining the story from a real perspective A++.
Great story about the real life of the black drug/rap culture and keeps you interested the whole time. The reason I gave it a 3 is that Hassan Johnson mispronounces HUNDREDS (no, literally) of words in this book. Not just geographical places, which sometimes is understandable (having lived in Atlanta) but, for example, there is no 'U' in similar. Interestingly enough, Johnson only pronounces it incorrectly about half of the time "sim YOU lar." If you can listen to a book on tape with many narrator errors then you'll like this book. I really liked it and tend to believe that Johnson was reverting to his acting skills and trying to play the part of the characters with an inner-city ebonics dialect.
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