'Monster Kody' — Monster No More? | KALW

'Monster Kody' — Monster No More?

Sep 9, 2019

 


From the series Uncuffed:

 

Sanyika Shakur, formerly known as “Monster” Kody Scott, is getting out of prison. While incarcerated in 1993, he published “Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member,” which made him famous.

A former member of the Eight Tray Crips gang, Shakur has been in and out of confinement since he was 14. Now, he says he is a “Monster” no more.

I was a criminal. I became a revolutionary. And people expected me to commit class suicide as a successful writer and become a noted author, and to me, I didn't want to go that way. I didn't want to be the go to guy when they said, 'What about gangs?' Because that's not what it's about.

The new Uncuffed podcast drops on September 23. Subscribe in major podcast players, and learn more at uncuffedpodcast.org.

Uncuffed is produced by men at Solano State Prison. Learn more about them here.

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