Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler

Based on police wiretaps and exclusive interviews with drug kingpins and hip hop insiders, this is the untold story of how the streets and housing projects of southeast Queens took over the rap industry.For years, rappers from Nas to Ja Rule have hero worshipped the legendary drug dealers who dominated Queens in the 1980s with their violent crimes and flashy lifestyles NoBased on police wiretaps and exclusive interviews with drug kingpins and hip hop insiders, this is the untold story of how the streets and housing projects of southeast Queens took over the rap industry.For years, rappers from Nas to Ja Rule have hero worshipped the legendary drug dealers who dominated Queens in the 1980s with their violent crimes and flashy lifestyles Now, for the first time ever, this gripping narrative digs beneath the hip hop fables to re create the rise and fall of hustlers like Lorenzo Fat Cat Nichols, Gerald Prince Miller, Kenneth Supreme McGriff, and Thomas Tony Montana Mickens Spanning twenty five years, from the violence of the crack era to Run DMC to the infamous murder of NYPD rookie Edward Byrne to Tupac Shakur to 50 Cent s battles against Ja Rule and Murder Inc to the killing of Jam Master Jay, Queens Reigns Supreme is the first inside look at the infamous southeast Queens crews and their connections to gangster culture in hip hop today.
Queens Reigns Supreme Fat Cat Cent and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler Based on police wiretaps and exclusive interviews with drug kingpins and hip hop insiders this is the untold story of how the streets and housing projects of southeast Queens took over the rap indust

  • Title: Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler
  • Author: Ethan Brown
  • ISBN: 9781400095230
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler”

    1. Queens Reigns Supreme should be required reading for all the happy middle-class white kids who spout hip-hop lyrics ad nauseum but can only understand them with the help of UrbanDictionary. (Although, to be fair, Brown only deals with East Coast trends. White kids who run around in COMPTON t-shirts will have to turn to another source for illumination.) The connections that Brown makes between the Queens crack kingpins and the hip-hop stars who rap their legacy are neither glorifying nor downplay [...]

    2. Dope book on the dope game and how it relates to some of the most successful Queens-bred hip hop artists-in Particular 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Irv Gotti and RUN DMC. Ethan Brown uncovers links between some of the biggest drug dealers in Queens from the 80's and 90's and some of the most powerful in hip hop. The book is not an indictment its just an examination of street relationships and how NY hip hop has been shaped by these relationships. Ethan Brown has done an extensive amount of research and inc [...]

    3. A deep look into the hustlers of Southeast Queens, from the coke kingpins, to the big crack dealers, to the stickup kids and grinders of the early 90s, to the rappers who took on street cred-laden names, or ran with ex-hustlers, to bolster their own lacking street credibility. Queens Reigns Supreme draws a consistent line from the 80s to the early 2000s, showing a fascinating narrative of a few New York neighborhoods.

    4. I never got to finish this book, it was borrowed and had to be returned. However, it was interesting enough that I want to finish it. This is saying something as it could not be further from the books I generally enjoy. If you like knowing the background behind music you will like this. Please note I hve no idea how accurate is the information inside the book. I do not know the subject well. Regardless, the story, at least the first half, was interesting.

    5. a fascinating history of neighborhood narco thugs that show up as references in New York hardcore rap of the last decade - Ethan Brown put together a hell of a read this reminded me of Narcocorrido - a book about Chalino Sanchez the balladeer of LA and Sinaloa drug traffickers who met a grisly end

    6. The REAL story behind Queens and the crack era. Really good read. Not as much on the rappers, but does show you how fake rappers like 50 Cent and Ja Rule are, and how real DMX is. The Darkman X wasn't playing back in the day.

    7. It's a bit scattered-- reads like it was culled from a bunch of newspaper articles, narrative thread comes and goes. But really interesting account of NYC 80's drug dealers and the mythos that grew around them.

    8. This is a decent source of information for those enthralled by the Queens criminal underworld and how it relates to Hip Hop. However, There are parts that aren't completely accurate because they're based on tellings of multiple people. Still a good read.

    9. Gangsta's don't live that long this book was based in Hollis Queens it's interesting the supreme team reign and how 50 cent and Ja rule tie into this book It was a page turner thanks Ethan Brown very good read

    10. Good interesting book read for CRJ 102. Talked about a lot of people I did not know existed, said a lot about the crack era and the crime that went with it. Very interesting.

    11. quick read, very informative of ties between queens streets and the rap game though a few details lead me to believe a couple things weren't quite correct.

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