The stories are as infamous as the artists who tell them. With their boasts of drugs, extortion, and even murder, in today's world, rappers need rap sheets before they can even hope to have a platinum record. So with all this grandstanding about their criminal nature, why haven't more hip-hop artists been busted for the crimes that they brag of, and why haven't these high-profile crimes, replete with witnesses and media coverage, ever been solved?
Derrick Parker knows why. A veteran of the NYPD, Parker served as the lead detective in the Rap Intelligence Unit, the first special force devoted to hip-hop crime. A 20-plus-year veteran of the force, he worked the hip-hop beat and uncovered the truth behind some of music's most notorious crimes. But in the midst of politics and internal strife, Parker's efforts to close the cases were stymied by his own department.
Notorious C.O.P. will be the Serpico of the new millennium, exposing the flaws in the NYPD that have rendered it unable to adequately deal with the threat of hip-hop crime. Cops working part-time for the artists they are supposed to be pursuing, combined with the department's lack of understanding of gang culture and drug warfare, has left not only these widely publicized murders unsolved, but has allowed notorious gang leaders to go unprosecuted for decades.
Notorious C.O.P. exposes the facts behind the legends and the foibles of the NYPD that have left these crimes unresolved to this day.
"Full of engaging detail...this is a gritty trip to the nexus of big-money rap and ongoing gang rivalries that Parker equates to the old time Mafia in terms of reach and power. Essential stuff on this turf." (Booklist)
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A riveting journey into the dark side of hip hop.
If you are a longtime fan of hip hop, this is a must read. Takes you behind the scenes,cuts through the gossip and gives you an inside view of the industry and its players/characters. On the flip-side, this is a tale of an undercover cop that gained the trust of many people, surveilled and reported their every move to authorities even if they were not committing a crime. Overall it was a very informative read for me.
- W. Thomas
A GREAT ACCOUNT OF THE HIP-HOP GENERATION
- Linda Lou