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Hip-hop’s shadowy empire, part I

“Big Meech” Flenory and the Black Mafia Family were hip-hop royalty. But investigators say they had a darker side.

To understand the story of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, you must first understand that the Black Mafia Family was two things: an alleged drug crew called BMF and a legitimate company called BMF Entertainment. And Meech was believed to be the leader of both. >>

Published Dec. 6, 2006

Hip-hop’s shadowy empire, part II

Loyalty within the Black Mafia Family made the alleged drug enterprise nearly impenetrable. But one high-placed member would break BMF’s code of silence.

On a dead-end street called Springside Run, five men dressed in black were making their way up one of the driveways. One carried brass knuckles. Another had duct tape. Some had guns. A neighbor doing yard work glanced up and thought it odd, a sight so menacing in broad daylight. >>

Published Dec. 13, 2006

Hip-hop’s shadowy empire, part III

In the summer of 2005, the party would get out of hand for Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and the Black Mafia Family. And the feds would be ready to make their move.

Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, CEO of BMF Entertainment, is seated at the head of a monolithic marble-slab table, watching the events unfold with untrusting eyes. A man in a white dress shirt, the only one in the room not wearing all black, starts his spiel. >>

Published Dec. 20, 2006

Ongoing coverage from Creative Loafing >>

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Updates

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