[video] Freeway Ricky: Top Informants Make $5 Million a Year, Downfall of BMF

Family empire, which was busted for drug trafficking in the mid-2000s. After pointing out that Big Meech used to write to him after starting his sentence, Freeway Ricky told us that he believes that BMF’s downfall came when they got too flashy.

Speaking more on the downfall of BMF, Freeway Ricky told us that despite Big Meech and crew being flashy, he added that the government is paying top dollar to informants, with the top earners making millions each year.

Check out more of what Freeway Ricky had to say in the above clip, including winning a case for being abused by police.

[Op-Ed] Streets Is Watching: Rap and Surveillance

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via Village Voice

Pop Matters today publishes an essay, “Watching Rap,” which starts like this:

In March of 2008, the LA Times published an article that implicated Sean “Diddy” Combs and his associates in the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur at Quad Recording Studios in New York. A few days later, the Times retracted the article once it became apparent that the author, Chuck Phillips, had relied on fabricated documents and less-than-credible sources. Nevertheless, despite the quick (and embarrassing) retraction, the story got nearly one million hits on latimes.com, more than any other story for the year, and as a result, the story-within-the-story became the overwhelming public interest in the shooting, even 14 years after the fact.

And, after a kind of survey of why one million people would care about this story–the fact the deaths remain unsolved, the allegations of police involvement in Pac’s death, the rise of so-called hip-hop cops, and so on–the piece’s author, Erik Nielson, winds up here: “This recent mainstream interest in the subject may suggest that these kinds of surveillance tactics are new, but the existence of the “hip-hop cops” is really just further evidence of a long-standing tradition of institutional surveillance of rap as a whole–a tradition that has been so pervasive that in many ways it has become intrinsic to the genre as we know it.” So far–great.

It can’t be understated the degree to which this surveillance is weird and threatening and, relative to the amount of crime that actually takes place in the (narrowly-defined) rap community, completely disproportionate. Hip-hop cops are, as Nielson points out, a naked throwback to “the COINTELPRO days of the ’50s and ’60s, when black artists and activists were routinely monitored by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies”–except these days, the New Yorker writes bemused profiles about the cops involved. I have yet to read an even remotely convincing justification for their existence, although Ian Frazier did give it a shot in that New Yorker piece: Fabolous shouts out Street Fam, which is in fact a criminal gang, all the time; Vibe reported on Young Jeezy’s ties to the “ATL street crew” Black Mafia Family. So yes, these dudes knew/grew up with/are still friends with criminals. Continue reading

BMF Bigwig Blows Trial, Gets 20 Years

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via Chicago Tribune

ATLANTA – A man prosecutors call a “senior member” of the Black Mafia Family has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for cocaine conspiracy.

Fleming Daniels of Roswell, Ga., also was fined $10,000 for participating in the violent drug gang, the focus of federal prosecution in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Louisville, Ky., Orlando, Fla., and elsewhere.

The 35-year-old Daniels is the first of 16 defendants indicted in Atlanta to go to trial. Eleven entered guilty pleas. Three others are in custody and one is a fugitive.

Evidence showed that during 2003-2004, the gang moved hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into Atlanta, Detroit, and other points. Prosecutors say Daniels was responsible for distributing over 50 kilograms valued at more than $1 million.

Police Seize “BMF” Vehicle with $875 K, Cache of Weapons

via Allhiphop

A Hummer limousine once owned by The Black Mafia Family (BMF) that was sold at an auction was seized from its new owners last week, after authorities made a shocking discovery.

Police learned that the vehicle, which was being used to shuttle teens to proms and others to weddings, was concealing almost a million dollars in cash, as well as an assortment of semi-automatic weapons.

The stretched 2003 black hummer was seized when police raided a BMF stash house in an upper-class northwest Atlanta Neighborhood, around 2004.

While BMF members cleaned out the house before the raid, the Hummer was seized because BMF members were taken by surprise and didn’t have keys to a car that was blocking the oversized SUV. Continue reading

9 BMF Members Sentenced To Prison Time, Rapper Bleu DaVinci Gets 5 Years

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Nine members of famed criminal organization the Black Mafia Family (BMF) were sentenced to prison time in Atlanta yesterday (October 29) for their role in the massive cocaine and crack distribution throughout the nation’s biggest cities.According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, nine BMF individuals were handed sentences ranging from at least four years to over 16 1/2 behind bars. Upon their release, each one will immediately be placed on probation.

Requesting U.S. District Judge Orinda Evans for enrollment in an intensive drug program in prison to help reduce their time, along with apologizing to the families they have affected, the group were given their terms for over nine hours in court.

Beginning in the 80s by brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory by selling drugs in Detroit schools and later expanding throughout Los Angeles and Atlanta. BMF took a legitimate role in hip-hop around 2000 setting up their label, Black Mafia Family Entertainment, and their flagship artist, Bleu DaVinci (born Barima McKnight). Continue reading

Black Mafia Family Leaders Sentenced to 30 Years

via Detroit Free Press/Black Vibes

The leaders of a large scale nationwide cocaine trafficking ring known as the Black Mafia Family were sentenced in Detroit federal court today to 30 years in prison.

Brothers Terry Flenory, 38 of Los Angeles and Demetrius Flenory, 40, of Atlanta, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn.

The brothers, formerly of southwest Detroit, pleaded guilty to operating a continuing criminal enterprise involving the high volume distribution of cocaine throughout the U.S. from 1990 through 2005. Continue reading

Jeezy Implicated in BMF Cocaine Distribution

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Talk about synchronicity…I just saw the ASIS DVD about BMF yesterday and today I just was listening to Jeezy’s verse on “Out Here Grinding” where he alludes to the investigation. Hope Mr. 17.5 can navigate his way through this mess.

via Creative Loaf/RealTalkNY

Testimony offered yesterday in the federal government’s cocaine-conspiracy case against alleged Black Mafia Family member Fleming “Ill” Daniels revealed a stunning allegation: According to a witness, Atlanta hip-hop superstar Jay “Young Jeezy” Jenkins received kilos of cocaine from BMF.

Jeezy has not been charged with a crime in relation to the allegation. When asked whether there is an open investigation into the rapper, Justice Department spokesman Patrick Crosby said he had no comment.

Scott Leemon, the New York-based lawyer who represented Jeezy on weapons charges out of Miami in 2006, told CL “obviously, I am not going to comment on anything. I will look into it.”
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