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Notorious C.O.P.

Notorious C.O.P.

The Inside Story of the Tupac, Biggie, and Jam Master Jay Investigations from NYPD's First "Hip-Hop Cop"

Derrick Parker with Matt Diehl

St. Martin's Press




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.


Notorious C.O.P.

IT'S LIKE THAT, AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS : The Unsolved Mysteries of Hip-Hop Tragedy
The allure of breaking the law is always too much for me to ever ignore.
--Jay-Z, "Allure"



Praise for Notorious C.O.P.

“A compelling examination of why so many rap crimes remain unsolved.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Frequently persuasive.” —New York Times Book Review

“A powerful and fascinating account of what Parker calls ‘the truth about the rap music industry.'” —Publishers Weekly

“Parker delivers in providing considerable illumination.” —Time Out New York

“A gritty memoir…entertaining, and likely to hold strong appeal for hip-hop fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

“As a sketch of a man pulled between two worlds and a look behind many of the hip-headlines, it's fascinating.” —The Orlando Sentinal

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Derrick Parker with Matt Diehl

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.

Derrick Parker

Derrick Parker

Matt Diehl

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