• by Mara Shalhoup
  • Narrated by Hassan Johnson
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

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The Narration is Amazing!

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.
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- Arjun "I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books."

Great read... even better than expected

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of BMF?

The information about Young Jeezy.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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- T DeMon Spencer "Socially Urban is absolutely the best blog EVER!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.