When the crack era jumped off in the 1980s, many street legends were born in a hail of gunfire. Business minded and ruthless dudes seized the opportunities afforded them. YouTube
Rayful Edmond has been called the $300 million dollar man. He was Washington DC’s Most Notorious Drug Lord. Check out this trailer for the book from Seth Ferranti and Gorilla Convict Publications, the premier publisher of true crime and hard-edged gangster tales.
They called Rayful Edmond the 300 million dollar man. He was the king of cocaine in our nation’s capital in the mid to late 80s and he ushered in the crack era in Washington DC, turning the streets of the Chocolate City into a much deadlier place. Instead of remaining a street star forever and elevating to a place in the pantheon of gangster legends Rayful tarnished his legacy by turning government informant after he was incarcerated at USP Lewisburg. By continuing to flood the capital’s streets with cocaine, even after he was put in prison, his epitaph was written and on the headstone it read Rat. Still in the chronicles of gangster lore he holds a place as one of the most notorious and infamous to ever do it in Washington DC. Read his story of extravagance, drug dealing escapades, unlimited cash flow and unbridled gangsterism. This is the Rayful Edmond story as told by members of his crew and others that were there in the era.
Gorilla Convict is a selected compilation of Seth’s work that has appeared on his long running blog at glorillaconvict.com. Online since 2005, the blog gives the scoop on street legends, the mafia, prison gangs, hip-hop and hustling and life in the belly of the beast.
What makes this collection so unique is that Seth writes his blog and stories from his cell block in the Federal Bureau of Prisons where he has spent nearly two decades in prison. He founded the Gorilla Convict website from prison, and his intriguing and amazing stories have created a large and dedicated audience from prison.
The book gives the reader real, raw and in your face stories that have not been written from the mainstream news media point of view. They are written by a man who understand the criminal and convict codes and who lives and resides with the men he writes about in the belly of the beast. This collection of crime, prison and street lore is as inside as you can get.
Gorilla Convict writer and author of the Street Legends series and hip-hop artist/rapper Turk from Cash Money’s Hot Boyz at FCC Forrest City Graduation ceremony.
Coming Soon From Gorilla Convict Publications – The Short Side Blues: Book II of the Short North Trilogy
The Short Side Blues Book II of The Short North Trilogy is a story that deals with change, which is easier said than done. A wise person once said that there are two ways out of the dope game: Death or Prison [...]
By the late 1980’s, the crack wave had riddled New York with addicts, traffickers and bullets. Howard “Pappy” Mason took care of enforcement duties for dealer Fat Cat Nichols, and became one of the most feared characters in Queens. This sticker features Fat Cat & Pappy in the heyday – before their reign of power came crashing down – against a backdrop of New York and imagery that reflects the elements of their business and product.
The landscape of drug use and trafficking was forever changed when ‘crack’ cocaine became king in the 1980’s. So too was a new era of gangster and kingpin born. Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff would build and consolidate a mafia-like organization, based in Queens, to systematically control as much of this ‘new’ business as possible. The Supreme Team became underworld legends. This organic cotton, ringspun tee from the Knokaround X Gorilla Convict collab line harkens back to the 80’s with a haunting silhouette of Supreme overlooking the NY cityscape. The back features key chronological points of historical interest relating to the rise and fall of McGriff and his team.
Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff helped usher in a ‘new’ era of gangster during the 1980’s crack cocaine epidemic, forming his own mob-like crew called “The Supreme Team.” This poster from the Knokaround X Gorilla Convict collab line offers a colorful, retro 80’s vibe – prominently featuring Supreme decked out in old school form, with historical points of interest covering the rise and fall of the Supreme Team.
As featured on BET’s American Gangster series, here is street legend and Queens native Chaz “Slim” Williams of Black Hand Entertainment buying Seth’s new Supreme Team book. This is the Slim 50 Cent name checks in “Many Men.”