Notorious C.O.P.: The Inside Story of the Tupac, Biggie, and Jam Master Jay Investigations from NYPD's First "Hip-Hop Cop"

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 1, 2007 - Music - 320 pages
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Throughout his career, Derrick Parker worked on some of the biggest criminal cases in rap history, from the shooting at Club New York, where Derrick personally escorted Jennifer Lopez to police headquarters, to the first shooting of Tupac Shakur.
Always straddling the fence between "po-po" and NYPD outsider, Derrick threatened police tradition to try to get the cases solved. He was the first detective to interview an informant offering a detailed account of Biggie Smalls's murder. He protected one of the only surviving eyewitnesses to the Jam Master Jay murder and knows the identity of the killers as well as the motivation behind the shooting.
Notorious C.O.P. reveals hip-hop crimes that never made the paper—like the robbing of Foxy Brown and the first Hot 97 shooting—and answers some lingering questions about murders that have remained unsolved. The book that both the NYPD and the hip-hop community don't want you to read, Notorious C.O.P. is the first insider look at the real links between crime and hip-hop and the inefficiencies that have left some of the most widely publicized murders in entertainment history unsolved.


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Notorious C. O. P.: the inside story of the Tupac, Biggie, and Jam Master Jay investigations from the NYPD's first "hip-hop cop"

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Parker served much of his two-decade NYPD career as the department's first "hip-hop" cop, learning as much as he could about the hip-hop community, its ties to the criminal underworld, and crimes ... Read full review

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I didn't read this book but the person who wrote it is clueless. I read the part about Supreme Magnetic the one this goofy guy calls "Supreme Magneto" and says Supreme called himself this because of comic books. Well if he had done research he would have known that Supreme Magnetic was a member of the 5% nation of Gods and Earths. Members take on attributes such as Supreme, Divine, True, Born etc. For example the rap group the supreme team were five percenters (as they are called). So was Supreme from the Jamaican Queens Supreme Team. The name Supreme in NYC back then was as common as Michael or Joe back then. The five percent nation had members in the thousands in those days. I should add that that group is not a gang nor do they promote breaking the law. However some of its members did involve themselves in illegal activities against the teachings of the Five Percent Nation of Gods and Earths. 


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A twenty-year veteran of the NYPD, 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, Unsolved Mysteries, and CourtTV.

Matt Diehl is a journalist whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, VIBE, Spin, The Village Voice, and Blender. He served as the music columnist for Elle magazine for four years and now serves as the music editor-at-large for Interview magazine. His first book was No-Fall Snowboarding.

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