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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (54 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Derrick Parker Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The stories are as infamous as the artists who tell them. With their boasts of drugs, extortion and even murder, in today’s world rappers need rap sheets before they can even hope to have a platinum record. So with all this grandstanding about their criminal nature, why haven’t more hip-hop artists been busted for the crimes that they brag of, and why haven’t high profile crimes replete with witnesses and media coverage ever been solved? Derrick Parker knows why.

A veteran of the NYPD, Parker served as the lead detective in the Rap Intelligence Unit, the first special force devoted to hip-hop crime. For over twenty years he served on the force, covering the hip-hop beat and uncovering the truth behind some of music’s most notorious crimes. But in the midst of politics and internal strife, Parker’s efforts to close the cases were stymied by the NYPD.

Notorious C.O.P. will be the Serpico of the new millennium, exposing the flaws in the NYPD that have rendered them unable to adequately deal with the threat of hip-hop crime. From cops working part-time for the artists they are supposed to be pursuing, to their lack of understanding of gang culture and drug warfare, which has left not only these widely publicized murders unsolved, but has allowed notorious gang leaders to go unprosecuted for decades. Filled with photos, documents, interviews, and anecdotes, Notorious C.O.P. will be the most extensive and authoritative book ever written on hip-hop crime, exposing the facts behind the legends and the foibles of the NYPD that have left them unresolved to this day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Powerful and fascinating.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A gritty trip to the nexus of big-money rap and ongoing gang rivalries that Parker equates to the old time Mafia in terms of reach and power. Essential stuff on this turf.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 9/22/2013

    " I stumbled across this book while waiting in line at a bookstore. I was intrigued so I bought it. I really liked learning the other side of the hip hop world and have recommended the book to other friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Will | 4/22/2013

    " man i can't believe i read this. totally guilty pleasure. If you like true crime and hip hop, you could find far worse time killers than this book. For "po po", the author even seems like a nice guy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kim | 11/2/2012

    " The final 20 pages were well worth reading... before that, well..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Charless | 7/1/2011

    " Interesting for the insight into the links between Hip Hop and crime. I found it pretty repetitive, riddled with grammatical errors and the author comes across as arrogant and self-centered. "

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About the Author

Derrick Parker headed the first special units force dedicated to the investigation of hip-hop-related crime. Now off the force, Parker serves as the media’s rap-related crime expert, appearing in Rolling Stone, New York magazine, Blender, Vibe, the New York Times, Newsday, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers as well as shows on MTV, Fox, VH1, and Unsolved Mysteries.