American Gangster

2006, TV Show

Documentary series chronicling the rise and fall of infamous 20th-century black criminals.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 1/22/2009

Season 3, Episode 10
Mutulu Shakur, Tupac Shakur’s step-father and the father of rapper Mopreme, has spent the past quarter century in federal prison, thanks in part to his conviction for helping to plan and execute the $1.6 million robbery of a Brinks armored truck in New York in 1982 that left three people dead.  In addition to the robbery, Mutulu was later accused of helping his sister Assata Shakur escape from prison, enabling her to flee to Cuba where she lives today.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 1/15/2009

Season 3, Episode 9
The Romper Room Gang was a group of notorious home grown bank robbers from the troubled Bay Area suburb of Vallejo including rapper Mac Dre. Mac Dre emerged as a major underground figure in the Bay Area hip-hop scene and nurtured the careers of several other Romper Room robbers-turned-rappers before his murder in 2004.

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Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 1/8/2009

Season 3, Episode 8
In 2003, Willie Lloyd, a gangster who came to prominence in the '60s, was shot on the street by gang members unhappy with his epiphany about gang life and its consequences.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 12/18/2008

Season 3, Episode 7
An incredibly violent gang with operations in the 1980s that stretched from Jamaica to New York to Miami and beyond, the Shower Posse got their name thanks to their frequent skewering of victims with rounds of automatic weapons fire.  From their beginnings in the ghettos of Kingston Jamaica, the Shower Posse and their main posse rivals, the Spanglers, came to prominence as the muscle behind Jamaica's two political parties.

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Premiered: November 28, 2006, on BET
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Documentary series chronicling the rise and fall of infamous 20th-century black criminals.

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