Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson posted the above to his Instagram page today, along with the caption:
I’m out of control now, watch my next move. STRATEGY #smsaudio #animalambition #power
Based on the above, we can assume that, at some point in the future, there’ll be a formal announcement on his executive producing a film on the B.M.F; and while he doesn’t say specifically what the acronym stands for, we can also assume that it’s very likely a film about the notorious Black Mafia Family (BMF), a drug cartel that was created in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1980s, by Demetrius “Big Meech” and Terry Flenory. Over the following decade, their organization grew into a hugely successful nationwide enterprise.
Soon after, they began to use their financial gains to branch out into other businesses, like creating a hip-hop music label called BMF Entertainment, promoting the careers of a few artists, some fairly well known, like Young Jeezy.
But the castle they built all came crashing down in the mid-2000s, when they were busted, indicted and convicted on charges of running a criminal enterprise that allegedly grossed over $270 million during the period of its existence. Both brothers were sentenced to prison for 30 years to life. Other members of their organization would also face jail sentences.
That’s the shortened version of their story – one that’s long been rumored to be the subject of a feature film that has yet to materialize, 4 years after we first alerted you to it on this blog.
Initially, Program Pictures, the production company that was behind what was then to be an Antoine Fuqua-directed Tupac Shakur biopic (it’s now John Singleton’s project), was developing a BMF film, but a completed movie never materialized.
A year later, an unrelated documentary feature on the BMF surfaced, from Errante Films Productions / Image Entertainment / Joe Rock Productions, titled “BMF: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Drug Empire,” directed by D. Sikorski.
Based on a story that’s said to have initiated one of the most expansive DEA investigations in USA history, the 80-minute documentary explored the story of the 15-year investigation by the DEA, FBI and an elite drug task force called HIDTA, that resulted in 41 defendants across the country being charged in one of the largest drug conspiracy cases ever. It combined the story of a criminal syndicate that lived on a code of honor and conduct that rivaled any of the five Mafia families, and ended just as dramatically under a hailstorm of government informants, wiretaps and surveillance that ultimately caused the downfall of the so-called Hip-Hop Drug Empire.
That documentary was eventually picked up by One Village Entertainment, and released in a limited theatrical run, and eventually made its way to the home video market, where you can find it right now. It’s even streaming on Netflix.
Back to 50 Cent’s own BMF project…
It could very well be that he’s resuscitating the Program Pictures BMF feature film that all-but-disappeared after the initial announcement 4 years ago, and doesn’t appear to have been produced. Or it could be an entirely new BMF project. Or, BMF could stand for something else entirely, and is of no connection to the Black Mafia Family.
We’ll find out eventually.
Mr Cent certainly is busy empire building. His Starz’s original drama series “Power,” which stars Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton, debuted over the weekend to so-so ratings.
I found the below History Channel profile of the Black Mafia Family, on its “Ganglang” series. This is just part 1. You can find the rest on YouTube. And underneath, you’ll find the Black Mafia Family’s family tree…