About 'BMF: Hip-hop's Shadowy Empire' 

Creative Loafing Senior Writer Mara Shalhoup learned about the Black Mafia Family in late 2004 – when a source told her there might have been ties between the murder of Rashannibal "Prince" Drummond and BMF.

For this three-part series, she interviewed more than a dozen on-the-record sources, reviewed documents in 14 court cases and police investigations, and scoured Internet chat rooms, message boards, MySpace pages and DVD magazines. The DVDs served as a window to Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory's interactions with his crew and are the basis for observations on his body language and general demeanor.

News intern Frank Reddy assisted in her research.

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