It almost feels like yesterday that we were rushing off of the school bus to watch Rap City in the basement hosted by Big Tigger. On the show, I was often introduced to emerging rappers who were independently making waves. One artist in particular that grabbed my attention was Bleu Da Vinci. Back when having one video with two songs was a thing, Bleu dropped “We Still Here” featuring E-40 & Fabolous. Instantly, I was impressed by Bleu being a fresh new artist with such strong ties in the industry. Out the gate, there are elaborate scenes filled with endless cash, exotic cars, and business entourages accompanied by lovely ladies. What may seem like a typical music video in the year 2006 was monumental by it being filmed and budgeted independently. A constant theme that was continued to be said and seen as the mysterious acronym BMF.
Throughout the early 2000s, I would begin to hear more about BMF through other rappers by the likes of Young Jeezy, T. I., and many more. The Black Mafia Family paid and paved the way for not only artists but countless people in need by developing a lucrative business that supplied a demand in the streets. As living legends Big Meech and Southwest T became prominent figures in the culture, another acronym had planned on putting their monumental run to a criminal end……F.B.I.
Despite the BMF being taken down by the feds, the Black Mafia Family lives on legitimate terms now with the 10-episode series on Starz. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is taking his Power expertise to thoroughly tell a story of two teenagers from the slums of Detroit relying on family to make a way out. With Lil Meech playing his father, Big Meech in the coming of age drama, the authenticity is heightened with a star-studded support cast. With the first episode just dropping, nothing but favorable feedback from critics out the gate. Ultimately, this series is replacing googles of negative press with positive reviews of what BMF represents.
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