June 8, 2020 – Black Mafia Family are intending to re-brand in an effort to change the historic drug empire’s image. According to sources close to the situation, “BMF” founder Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and other BMF luminaries want to shift the narrative from bling and blow to “Building More Families,” creating a new acronym and socially-conscious direction for the hip-hop culture staple once famous for its trap house chic decadence and shaping the dope-boy standard of today.
The 51-year old Flenory is awaiting word from U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson in Detroit on his request for compassionate release related to the COVID-19 health crisis. His younger brother and BMF co-founder Terry (Southwest T) Flenory, 50, was released on a compassionate release last month.
The Flenorys built BMF from an eight-ball crew operating in Detroit’s Monterey neighborhood – resting in the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge separating the U.S. from Canada – during the late 1980s and early 1990s into a massive narcotics conglomerate that had franchise outlets around the country and controlled wholesale cocaine trafficking in two dozen different states. By the 2000s, Big Meech was posted up in Atlanta and Southwest T was running the clique’s homebase of Detroit while living in Los Angeles.
Big Meech, Southwest T and their entire highly-structured, bi-coastal BMF troop was toppled by the DEA’s landmark Operation Motor City Mafia bust in October 2005. Big Meech and Southwest T both pleaded guilty to heading a continuing criminal enterprise two years later and accepted 30-year prison sentences instead of rolling the dice at trial. Rapper and actor 50 Cent is producing an upcoming scripted television show surrounding the story of the Flenory brothers and BMF for the Starz cable network.
Talks of a paradigm shift regarding BMF and its image aren’t completely new. As BMF soldiers and crew leaders began shuffling out of prison in the past decade, chatter of taking BMF in a different direction within the organization abounded.
BMF lieutenant Chauncey (C-Bear) Johnson discussed his intent to remold the crew and BMF name with Big Meech’s blessing into a luxury lifestyle brand and community outreach group upon being released from his prison sentence in 2015. Johnson was one of the Flenorys’ childhood friends and main shot callers in Detroit at the peak of their reign.
BMF “OG” Dexter (Sosa) Hussey owns the copyright and licensing for the term Black Mafia Family and the shortened phrase BMF. Hussey was the Flenorys’ logistics officer, laying the groundwork for expansion in the late 1990s by carving out innovative distribution routes for the crew and crafting protocol for courier methods. He got out of prison in 2015 as well.
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