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

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

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

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. 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781400095230
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/22/2005
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 274,953
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Ethan Brown writes about pop music, crime, and drug policy for publications such as Wired, New York, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and GQ. This is his first book. He lives in New York.

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Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in its entirety today. It bought back a lot of memories and pain. As a 38YO husband, father of 3 beautiful children, with a wonderful wife and 18 year IT career, I grew up during the 80's crack epidemic. I sold drugs. I was a crack addict. I watched childhood friends involved in the drug game die. I saw beautiful women become crack addicts. Even then, as a teenager, I wondered why something so small could cause so much destruction. This book reveals a lot. How drugs almost destroyed Urban America, in particular NYC. This book should serve as a history lesson to young people who view rappers as gangsters. 'Real gangsters move in silence'. This book should also serve as a reminder to people who survived the devastating decade that was the 80's. 'Never forget where you come from'. It's easy for privileged people to dismiss the urban population however when you have people that are disenfranchised, suffer abject poverty, and lack educational, creative, and/or financial opportunities the majority will do whatever necessary to create opportunities for themselves, even if it means hurting their own. It's unfortunate that the crack epidemic was largely ignored until children of White America started dying. Although the author highlights the exploits of particular South Queens drug gangs, I think the overall context of the book should be reviewed in a larger perspective: From the Civil Rights inequality, to government disenfranchisement, as a result of Vietnam, subsequent escapism via drug abuse, to opportunities via drug sales, to capitalism/exploitation via urban music. This book should serve as a guide for kids that want to get involved in hip-hop/rap music 'STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF. STOP BEING SOMEONE ELSE'. It should serve as a wakeup call to those 'Music companies/Law Enforcement/Religious organizations' that want to exploit kids in the music game 'STOP EXPLOITING OUR CHILDREN'. It should serve as a warning sign to all Black youth that murder each other for nonsense 'STOP KILLING EACH OTHER. THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT US TO DO'. As long as there's a mongoose, there'll be a snake. As long as there's an audience, there'll be a minstrel. It's sad how life chooses you....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Queens Reigns Supreme is a TV series waiting to happen. This has to be the truest depiction to date of what life in the inner-cities were like during the 80's and how that period influenced the present state of hip hop. Ethan Brown's level of penetration into the urban underworld is simply fascinating! His efforts produced an engrossing page turner that I strongly recommend for all fans of hip hop and especially for those who are intrigued by America's culture of violence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up in Queens and i must say this book is very accurate, very enjoyable and easy reading even if you're not from queens or NYC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My other rp, sparkleshine, had an apprentice who was never on. I waited for her to be on, wanting to train, and then I see her post that I ignored her and she demands a new mentor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i admit it, i do rp leopard. Sparkle can still be his mentor if we have both felt that way. Sorry if that made you feel bad. ~ waebreak ps now i know why.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lived right in the center of it all most of the story was true but some was not some of the people was pretradeed wrong but ither wise is was a goog read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read!!!!!!!! You willnot be disappointed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i couldn't put this book down. it tells the stories behind what many of today's rappers are talking about and details the frightening lives of crime that inspired many of the songs that are now pop culture hits. most of us have only heard brief tidbits about these 80's criminals but this book breaks it all down. if you know nothing before reading this book you'll feel like you know the whole story after you're done. it's very informative
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was excellent. the facts are just amazing and so on point. the research that was put into making this book was well done cuz almost everything is factual