• BMF

  • The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family
  • By: Mara Shalhoup
  • Narrated by: L. Steven Taylor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (985 ratings)
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By: Mara Shalhoup
Narrated by: L. Steven Taylor
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In the early 1990s, Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and his brother, Terry "Southwest T", rose up from the slums of Detroit to build one of the largest cocaine empires in American history: the Black Mafia Family. They socialized with music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, did business with New York's king of bling Jacob "The Jeweler" Arabo, and built allegiances with rap superstars Young Jeezy and Fabolous. Yet even as BMF was attracting celebrity attention, its crew members struck fear in a city.  

When the brothers began clashing in 2003, the flashy and beloved Big Meech risked it all on a shot at legitimacy in the music industry. At the same time, utilizing a high-stakes wiretap operation, the feds inched toward their goal of destroying the Flenory's empire and ending the reign of a crew suspected in the sale of thousands of kilos of cocaine - and a half-dozen unsolved murders.

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Good listen

I just wish it had more time telling this story,taking a deeper look at what created a kingpin but it do tell you no matter how play the game you will take the L.

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Intriguing

I enjoyed the story. However, there were too many characters to follow the story well. I used Google a lot. I wished that tje writer would not have used their street names, first names, and last names interchangeably.

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great listen

great narration great story and a pretty good insight in the world of BMF 100

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I watch the TV show

I watch the TV show listen to the book great listen recommend listening it is worth it

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great background

you never really know about things until they give you their own story. great book and background.

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Good read

I throughly enjoyed this read
Was so many twist and turns in this read good book highly reccomend

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There Is Always a Lesson To Be Learned

Upon first hearing about 'BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family,' I was hesitant to let my son explore this narrative, given its themes of drugs, violence, and crime. However, a deeper examination led me to appreciate the potential educational value it holds.While the book undeniably delves into the harsh realities of the drug trade, including its lavish lifestyles and brutal outcomes, it unexpectedly reveals lessons in business acumen, strategic planning, and the importance of intelligence and innovation. It showcases how the protagonists, though involved in illegal activities, exhibit skills in managing complex systems, understanding assets and liabilities, and conducting cost-benefit analysis – elements fundamental to any successful enterprise.This story, I realized, could serve as a unique tool for parents to engage with their children on critical topics. It can inspire discussions about hard work, methodical approach to goals, and the significance of ethical boundaries in achieving success. Importantly, it provides a platform to discuss the broader societal and economic impacts of illegal activities, including the loss of tax revenue and the potential redirection of resources to legitimate businesses.My takeaway is that 'BMF' isn't just a tale about the drug trade; it's a springboard for educational dialogue. It underscores the necessity for parents to vet the content their children consume and to use such narratives as opportunities for teachable moments about right and wrong.I believe 'BMF' is a compelling read but not suitable for children under 15 or 16, and not without parental guidance. The book requires a subsequent discussion to help young readers process its content constructively. As a parent, it's not about shielding our children from certain realities but about preparing and guiding them to understand and critically evaluate what they read and see.In conclusion, while 'BMF' presents challenging themes, it can be a valuable educational resource in the right context. It underscores the importance of parental involvement in children's media consumption, ensuring that exposure to complex topics is coupled with guidance and open dialogue

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Good read

Good narration

Storyline
And is a must read
Overall this book read is 10/10

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Excellent True Story

Great story about genius ideas gone wrong. A cautionary tale of trying to achieve fame and wealth at all costs.

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Wow

This book kept your attention to the very end of the book. I was captivated by the reader!

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