Street Legends

Success in the drug game always comes with a price. If you think hustling is a glamorous professions, check out the fate of these legendary American gangsters before you try to become the next Scarface.

The Debate

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The issue of Fat Cat being a snitch has been hotly debated with both detractors and supporters making their cases for or against. Based on the facts, such as reputable newspapers like The New York Times reporting that he was cooperating, it seems there is no question of his culpability. But there is no evidence that Fat Cat ever testified at ... [Continue Reading]

THE DIRTY GLOVE DIARIES by TERRELL “WALL$TREET” WILKINS

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PROHIBITION TO THE HEROIN ERA Detroit, formerly known as the Motor City, currently known as the Murder City, has always had a rich culture of drug crews, gangsters and violence. Dating back to the Purple Gang in the prohibition era of the 1920s the city has a rich history of street lore. The Purple Gang consisted of the children of Jewish ... [Continue Reading]

Supreme Team Redux

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The Southside of Jamaican Queens- a legendary neighborhood in the great metropolis of New York. If it’s going down in the Big Apple, you know they're doing it with the style, swag and the utmost of their ability. That is just how they carry it in the town. Dudes in the city are doing it first class, all the way and everyday. Every time I do a book ... [Continue Reading]

Fat Cat Returns

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Rivalries had existed between the loosely organized hustlers of Hollis and South Jamaica, but the balance of power had never tipped in any one direction until 1981 when ex-con and former Seven Crowns’ member Fat Cat set up shop on 150th Street near 107th Avenue. The block was ideal for drug dealing as it forked off from Sutphin Boulevard, making it ... [Continue Reading]

Darryl “God” Whiting

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Darryl “God” Whiting was born in Corona Queens, New York and was raised in a single family household of four sisters and two brothers by his beloved mother Rose. He has been featured several times a year over the past fourteen years on the television program American Justice on A&E. LL Cool J also portrayed him in the 1988 file In Too Deep with ... [Continue Reading]

Rayful Edmond

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To many in his hometown of Washington, D.C., during his 1980s reign as the city’s biggest cocaine and crack dealer, Rayful Edmond was public enemy number one. At the height of Dodge City’s brutal crack epidemic in 1987, this 22-year-old man was responsible for distributing 60 percent of the cocaine that flooded the city’s streets. In the Chocolate ... [Continue Reading]

West Coast Original Gangster

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We have covered a lot of the East Coast street legends who are a part of hip-hop's lyrical lore due to numerous rappers name checking them in their rhymes, but the West Coast street stars have largely been ignored. Everyone has heard of Freeway Ricky Ross and the Bloods and the Crips, but besides Monster Cody Scott, not a lot has been publicized in ... [Continue Reading]

Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin

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A new book on the legendary black Godfather Frank Matthews, written by crime expert and author Ron Chepesiuk, has been released on Strategic Media Books. Because we cover all things gangster, we got the exclusive on the book and the author, with this interview that follows. We also are attaching an excerpt of the book after the interview. So read ... [Continue Reading]

Preme: A Boss Without Being Bossy

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“Preme was a better boss than most because he did not have to be bossy,” the Queens insider says. “Dudes for some reason wanted Preme to boss them, even when they were down with other crews.” Preme wasn’t a loose cannon-type of dude, but he had the “go and get it” mentality that success embodied. He combined ruthlessness with unchecked diplomacy, ... [Continue Reading]