Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “New Jack City”

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Chambers Brothers

If you were a fan of BET’s “American Gangster,” you may have learned that the Nino Brown story wasn’t entirely contrived. A lot of it was based on the Chambers Brothers story. These four brothers sold crack in Detroit. Like Nino had his apartment building called “The Carter,” the Chambers Brothers also had an apartment called the Broadmoor. They moved into the 4 story, 52 unit building, selling different types of drugs on each floor. They often sold drugs alongside families who already lived in the building, forcing them to leave or deal with their illegal and dangerous activity. Officials have often claimed that the brothers ran their drug operation like a large, very organized corporation. The foursome became nationally known when they were caught on tape counting laundry baskets of money and flaunting their wealth.

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