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Here’s the intro to the Q&A I did earlier this month with the Miami New Times:

At this late date in the evolution of gangsta rap and its offspring, any spitter blatantly boasting about his underworld drug connects is almost automatically considered a fake. Take the 305′s Rick Ross. He claimed to be a kingpin. He turned out to be a Florida corrections officer.

But Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, his brother Terry Flenory, and the rest of the Black Mafia Family weren’t bullshitting at all.

Keep reading …

April 17, 2010 – 12:18 pm

My Hot 93.7 interview about BMF

Jenny Boom Boom recently had me on her show to discuss the BMF book.

She touched on everything from Black Mafia Family’s alleged relationships to Jeezy and Fabolous, to BMF-related crimes that snared Jacob the Jeweler and several associates of Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Says Jenny: “This is a very interesting book. Very interesting.”

March 14, 2010 – 11:19 am

Video: BMF book release party at Eyedrum

The talented Clayton Marcus was kind enough to produce this video of the March 2 party celebrating the release of BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family. Thanks, Clayton! And thanks Eyedrum, too, for offering up such a fantastic space for the event.

In case you Atlantans weren’t tuned in to NPR the morning of March 2, check this out.

Considering that “The Wire” is the best show in the history of television, this is pretty freakin’ amazing: Hassan Johnson, a.k.a. ‘Wee-Bey’ Brice — loyal lieutenant to Avon Barksdale, father to ponytailed Namond and lover of pit sandwiches with extra horseradish — will be narrating the audio version of the book.

Just in case you missed this one … heartbreaking.

February 2, 2010 – 8:39 am

Amazon and Macmillan settle the score

I guess maybe, hopefully, this means my book will be back up on Amazon soon. Oh, drama.

February 1, 2010 – 9:35 pm

Atlanta Magazine excerpts BMF

This month’s Atlanta Magazine offers an early peek at BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family, which hits the streets March 2. Here’s the setup:

Demetrius Flenory, better known in many Atlanta circles as “Big Meech,” spends his days and nights in Jesup, Georgia, where he is an inmate at the federal medium-security prison. His scheduled release date is twenty-two years from this month. Almost 3,000 miles to the west, Meech’s brother, Terry, is serving a similar stretch at a federal prison in the chilly Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California.

Read the excerpt >>


BMF on the History Channel show "Gangland": In an episode titled "Death Before Dishonor," the History Channel delves into the Black Mafia Family. BMF author Mara Shalhoup makes a guest appearance. Fri., Sept. 24, 10 p.m. www.history.com.


Young Jeezy, Big Meech, the Black Family Mafia, and a hundred thousand kilos of coke

A Q&A with Miami New Times

My Hot 93.7 interview about BMF

The wide reach of the Black Mafia Family, from Jeezy to Jacob, Fab to Diddy