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Frank Lucas’s son suing NY for $25million

Posted by Media Outrage on April 16, 2008

Frank Lucas Jr. who is the son of legendary heroin dealer Frank Lucas, is suing New York city for $28million.

Via Nydailynews:

The son of the kingpin immortalized in the film “American Gangster,” starring Denzel Washington, has a message for the NYPD:

“I have no desire to be ‘American Gangster Jr.,'” Frank Lucas Jr., 38, said Tuesday.

To prove the point, he’s preparing to sue the city for $25 million over what he contends was a bogus arrest, use of excessive force and harassment by cops on Staten Island last month.

The charge – misdemeanor possession of marijuana in the fifth-degree – is Little League stuff compared to Frank Lucas Sr.’s 1960s and ’70s reign as a Harlem godfather who cornered the drug trade by cutting out the Mafia and paying off crooked cops.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m definitely not proud of a lot of things [my father] did to rise out of his circumstances,” said Lucas, an aspiring hip-hop artist.

His father’s notoriety may have escalated tensions during a confrontation with plainclothes cops on March 28.

High-powered lawyer Salvatore Strazzullo contends Lucas  was initially a victim of racial profiling because he was stopped while in an auto driven by his manager, Gene Ragusa, who is white.

After cops recognized Lucas’s name, they allegedly peppered him with insults.

“One officer said, ‘You’re Frank Lucas’s son and a rapper? You got two strikes against you,’ ” Lucas said.

“He’s been tainted by his father’s mistakes,” Strazzullo said. “The whole time they’re saying, ‘Look who’s here, the “American Gangster.” ‘ ”

Cops say they found a glassine bag with residue of weed in Ragusa’s car. The men spent two nights in jail before pleading guilty with the condition the charges will be dismissed if they stay out of trouble for one year.

Lucas, who said he  also has a 1997 conviction for assault, told his father about the arrest this week.

“He was cool about the situation. He said, ‘Watch yourself. I felt like he was thinking that his name as the ‘King of Smack’ had played a part in bringing this on me.”

Mediaoutrage– Interesting. To read what Frank Lucas Jr. had to say about Jay-Z a little while back click here.

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Is Jay Z’s drug dealing past greatly exaggerated???

Posted by Media Outrage on November 30, 2007

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Jay’s ex buddy De-Haven is at it again, claiming that the one thing that Hov has built his entire image and legendary status around which is the claim that he sold drugs heavy while young and then jumped out of the underworld into this rap ish is full of lies and pretty exaggerations. De-Haven says that Jay was an innocent bystander and sideline reporter for the drug world that he (De-Haven) was deep into. Here’s what De-Haven had to say in a recent interview with NyMag

In the video for his new hit single “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is),” Jay talks about a crew of Marcy hustlers called the Roc Boys. Were you a Roc Boy?
I have no idea what a Roc Boy is, actually. I guess that’s something new that they’re coming up with now. There was no crew back in ’88; it was just me and him, so I don’t know how he got “Roc Boys.”

How did you and Jay meet?
We lived in the same building, on the same floor in the Marcy projects, and we went to [elementary] school together. He was a year ahead of me.

What was he like back then?
He was hanging with some “school”guys. Nerds! We didn’t get together actually until after the fifth grade, in intermediary school. We played baseball and basketball. He wasn’t tough on the court at all. He didn’t like physical ball. He was the same type of guy then as he is now, just a cool guy. He wasn’t no bully, he didn’t start no trouble.

Did you and Jay sell drugs together?
No, he ain’t do much selling drugs. I did all that work. He was just a good dude to be around. He was one of my best friends. I taught him some things, but I mainly kept him from being out on the street a lot. Whatever was mine was his. So, we shared clothes, we shared a whole bunch of stuff. We had sex with the same women plenty of times. We both got burnt! We had the drip. My mom took him to the clinic. My mom also got him out of jail.

Does Jay exaggerate his drug-dealing in his songs?
I’m telling you he overexaggerates. He was there to see things, but doing some big-time Frank Lucas–type thing? No. He nickled and dimed, but nothing on a major scale. He definitely didn’t sell nothin’ in Marcy. Spanish Jose, who he mentions a lot [in his songs], was a friend of mine. Jay didn’t have no affiliation to Spanish Jose.

You’re saying Jay appropriated your story?
He says it himself. He’s been talking about me since day one, on a lot of his albums. He mentioned me on The Black Album, and I hadn’t seen him in years.

After Marcy, the two of you headed to Trenton.
Yeah. I wasn’t going to school. My basketball coach in high school recommended me to go to Trenton High, which had a great basketball program. I moved to Trenton in ’88, and it was just like an open drug market out there. I couldn’t even focus on the basketball when I saw that market. So I got settled in there. I went back to New York and talked to Jay. He wasn’t doing nothing, he didn’t have no money in his pocket, he wasn’t feeling school, neither, so I asked if he wanted to come live with me. We moved in with my aunt, who accepted him as my best friend. In Trenton he started dipping into his music with Jaz-O, so he wasn’t much around, because he had to get back and forth to the studio, which I was funding. I was supporting [his career] with everything I could do. When he needed more people in the crowd, I provided more people in the crowd. When he needed security, I provided security. I supported my dude!

When did the two of you have a falling-out?
We never really had a falling-out, that’s the problem. This is why I’m so confused. There was no argument, there was none of that. I don’t want an apology [from him], I want a reason. What happened? When my case [a federal drug-conspiracy charge] came in 1998, I never seen him again too much anymore. The case had nothing to do with him, his name never came up, so I’d like to ask him, “What happened?” Where did his departure come from?

When he talks about you on “No Hook,” is he accusing you of snitching?
I think he’s talking about the way I went about this YouTube project [and not about snitching]. But he’s into subliminal messages, so [I think] he’s trying to get me hurt. That goes beyond disrespect. He’s getting my safety involved. I can’t believe my own daughter’s godfather is trying to get me hurt. But it won’t work. Being that I’ve been in prison a lot of times, a lot of people know my credibility. They know I went all the way to trial with my federal case, and I won.

Do you want money from Jay?
Not now! We went beyond that. I was hoping from the first YouTube that we could sit down and discuss this like men. But he didn’t go that route.

Have you seen any financial benefits from this project so far?
No, but I’m looking to see that off of this DVD and this book. They’re about a lot of things that we’re talking about. A lot of people come forward, verifying what I’m saying. In the book I go into full detail about [my] case, about, when I did see Jay, what we talked about. It’s full of details.

Will they be self-released?
Right now, everything is still in the works. I have two major companies which are doing a little bidding war. I might just do something independently if they don’t come up with the proper numbers.

To listen to ‘No Hookclick here.

For rest of the interview click here.

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Denzel tells why he almost didn’t end up playing the role of heroin legend Frank Lucas!!!

Posted by Media Outrage on November 14, 2007


In an interview with Eurweb Denzel explains what made him walk away from the role of heroin legend Frank Lucas. Here are some excerpts from the interview…

Denzel was slated to play Frank Lucas when this film initially began registering a signature on the Hollywood radar screen nearly 4 years ago, but Denzel opted out after a certain director was chased away from the project. But that changed when he realized Ridley Scott was tapped to be the man behind the camera.   

      They called me up and said Ridley Scott was going to direct it,” Washington remember. “I was going to do the film before that when Antoine Fuqua was going to do it.  But when he decided not to do it, or should I say when he was let go, I dropped out of it.  Then, about 2 years later, Ridley Scott became attached to it.  On the other hand I did want to work with Ridley Scott.”

 MediaOutrage staff found out that Denzel was paid his regular rate of $20 million to play the role of Frank Lucas for American Gangster, but because of the delay in years that it took before production on the movie started again, Denzel was reportedly paid another $20 million to play his role in American Gangster. That’s a good look for him. $40 million for the role of Frank Lucas folks.

For entire interview click here 

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Is Frank Lucas’s legend full of lies?????

Posted by Media Outrage on November 11, 2007

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Mayme Johnson who is the widow of Harlem Gangster Bumpy Johnson says that she will not be watching the movie “American Gangster” which centers around Frank Lucas who was one of Bumpy Johnson’s associates.

Her reasons….

I don’t want to see it because it’s not true,” she said last week, from a senior facility in Philadelphia.

I don’t agree with anything Frank Lucas has said. To me, he’s a sick man. I think he’s a total liar,” “I’ve thought about reaching out to him and punching him in his face, knocking out his teeth. He’s a sick man.

(lmao! we know you are too!)

Spry until a recent leg injury left her using a wheelchair, Johnson, 93, can still recall the lavish existence she shared with one of America’s most legendary crime bosses, a man whose criminal enterprises ranged from prostitution to numbers running to drugs, beginning in the ’20s and ’30s. It was a life of spacious New York City apartments, European travel, fur coats, hobnobbing with black celebrities and literary types from the Harlem Renaissance – and it almost never included Frank Lucas.

“American Gangster” is based on Lucas’ claims of having been a personal assistant and enforcer for Johnson, as well as his heir-apparent. Lucas, who is portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film, claims to have been Johnson’s driver for 15 years – which Johnson’s widow angrily disputes.

Lucas, she said, has inflated his role in Johnson’s crime syndicate. To her husband, Lucas was a mere flunky – someone Johnson might have allowed to carry his coat. According to Johnson’s widow, Lucas didn’t meet Johnson until 1963, after Johnson’s parole from prison on a 10-year drug conspiracy charge. Johnson died five years later.

Bumpy never had nobody to drive him for 15 years,” Johnson said.

She insisted that Lucas may have driven Johnson a few times, at most.”Bumpy died in 1968. He got out of prison in ’63. Did Frank drive him when he was in Alcatraz? He’s never been out on the street for 15 years.”

On Bumpy Johnson’s death…

Frank Lucas was nowhere around. Bumpy did not die with Frank Lucas. All of his talk is lies,

More lies….

A BET episode about “American Gangster” that aired Wednesday night left her especially infuriated.

Did anyone notice that he said we lived on the corner of 121st Street, and then he pointed to a brownstone and said, ‘Right there. My boss lived right there?’ Well, Bumpy and I lived on 120th Street. Two West 120th Street to be exact. And we lived in an apartment building [apartment 3I], not a brownstone.”

Is the legend of Frank Lucas inflated and is he really a big liar and out of his mind???

Full Article

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Frank Lucas has a real message for Jay Z!!!!!

Posted by Media Outrage on November 11, 2007

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In an in-depth interview with AHH heroin legend Frank Lucas who is the subject of many discussions these days in light of the new movie “American Gangster” which Denzel portrays Lucas. Here are the excerpts and Mr. Lucas messae to Jigga man. Jay-Z recently recorded an album inspired by the movie. He had a line on his song “No Hook” that was talking about you. I’m sure you heard it.

Frank Lucas: No, I haven’t. I don’t listen to Mr. Jay-Z’s music, but please tell me what it is. He says, “I’m more Frank Lucas than Ludacris” and Ludacris is a rapper. Then he says, “Frank Lucas is cool, but I ain’t trying to snitch.” Now, I know that you on record have addressed that situation, but…

Frank Lucas: Tell that young man to watch his mouth. Please watch his mouth. Tell that young man to please watch his mouth. Mr. Jay-Z, tell him to please watch his mouth. You saw the movie? I sure did.

[In the movie, Frank provides information that leads to the conviction of crooked cops and Italian drug dealers. Critics say he offered information on others, a charge he denies.]

Frank Lucas: Then you know what I did. You know exactly what I did. It was all in there. And if that’s what you call a snitch, then so be it. To listen to the verse scroll down…


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The real Frank Lucas and Nicky Barnes Speak about American Gangster and Hip-Hop!!!

Posted by Media Outrage on November 5, 2007

Nicky Barnes and Frank Lucas

Nicky Barnes and Frank Lucas.

Here is what the two had to say about hip-hop recently in an interview…

MJ: Did you ever think there’d be this whole hip-hop thing? You guys are both mentioned in a million rap songs.

FL: Call them songs? When I came along, we had singing. They might make up songs about me, but I don’t have to like them.

MJ: What about you, Nick? You’re like a hip-hop folk hero.

NB: I never thought anything like this would happen. When hip-hop first started, everybody—I mean the music entrepreneurs—predicted that hip-hop would be dead in five years. They said, “Those motherfuckers ain’t gonna make no money.” But hip-hop rolled along, and look what they’re doing now. They got Jay-Z, Damon Dash, Kanye West, 50 Cent. These guys are doing something legitimate.

FL: At least Nick knows the names. I don’t know none of them. I know Puffy Combs, because of his father.

NB: Oh, Melvin! Melvin Combs.

FL: Melvin used to be at my house a couple of times a week. I’m proud to see Melvin’s son like that.

FL: Melvin used to be at my house a couple of times a week. I’m proud to see Melvin’s son like that.

MJ: Nick, are you curious about how you’re portrayed in American Gangster?

NB: Yeah. But when I heard that Cuba Gooding was doing it, I thought it’ll probably be decent. He’s an Academy Award winner.

MJ: What about Denzel as Frank?

NB: I knew if Denzel played the lead, then it wouldn’t be a bullshit part or a fucked-up script.

FL: Denzel Washington did more than a good job, he did a hell of a job. Nobody in the world’s as good as Denzel.

Puff did say in a few interviews last year that his father was regarded as a gangster. Guess he wasn’t just talking.


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