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.

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


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


“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]

The Thug of Enforcement: The Story of the Rayful Edmond Crew

Washington, D.C. will forever be known as The Murder Capital of the United States because of the drug violence that jumped off during the crack era. The drug trade bred killers and Dodge City in the late-80s was a virtual war zone with bodies dropping on a daily basis. The shootouts, drive-bys and execution-style killings were reminiscent of the ... [Continue Reading]

The Jamaican Shower Posse: A Family Business


By David Amoruso Christopher “Dudus” Coke controlled a state within a state on the poor west side of Kingston, Jamaica. He was the man who provided his underlings with free electricity. With schooling and food. He even provided them with the rule of law. His law. And when a drug lord like Coke lays down the law, there will be blood. Lots of ... [Continue Reading]

New Jersey Gangsterism


When people think of East coast gangsters, they think of New York City, but at we are here to tell you that it’s popping off in the Garden State also. That’s right, we are talking about New Jersey, and to be more specific- Camden. Thomas Freeman, Jr. has taken it upon himself to chronicle some New Jersey gangster stories. First ... [Continue Reading]

New DVD on Philly’s Junior Black Mafia


Tailormade: The Bucky Davis Story, A Junior Black Mafia Boss is a new documentary written by James Anderson and Damony Giles. This documentary looks into the life of Bucky Davis, a promising young amateur boxer, who put his dream of becoming a professional fighter on hold, when he joined the ultra violent JBM. "Get down or lay down" was the credo ... [Continue Reading]

The Southside of Queens Will Never Rest


The 1980s crack era has reared its ugly head again in the form of James "Wall" Corley, hip-hop hustler icon and street legend, who was arrested last month and accused of being the ringleader of a big-time cocaine ring (see AP article below). Wall Corley is no stranger to the drug game, in fact he is one of the originators. As the accompanying ... [Continue Reading]

Boston George


  George Jung transported tons of cocaine from Colombia to the United States for Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel. His story was featured and dramatized in the movie Blow that starred Johnny Depp and the investiga­tive book Kings of Cocaine. He has also been profiled in various magazines and was interviewed for a F.E.D.S. magazine cover ... [Continue Reading]

American Gangster History: The Supreme Team, Southside of Jamaica Queens, New York City, circa 1985


Who? What has become known as the Supreme Team was a crew organized in the early 80s in the vicinity of the Baisley Park Houses, a public housing project in Jamaica Queens, New York by a group of teenagers, who were members of a quasi-religious sect known as the Five Percenters. The “Peace Gods” as they were known for greeting each other with the ... [Continue Reading]