Maino Says Code Of The Streets Have Changed Since The Days Of "The Godfather of Harlem"
(AllHipHop News) Rapper Maino was a guest at an exclusive screening of Epix new series "The Godfather of Harlem."
The Harlem crime lord was born in South Carolina in 1905 and moved to New York in 1915. By the age of fifteen, Bumpy Johnson was running with a gang and by the age of seventeen did his first stint in prison.
By the 1930s, Bumpy was making millions by cornering the drug trade, as well as the lucrative numbers rackets in Harlem.
The movie is meant to be an unofficial prequel to the movie "American Gangster" and follows Bumpy as he navigates the complex underworld of the 1930's, 40's and 50's.
Bumpy died on July 7, 1968 at the age of 62, from a heart attack while serving a federal prison sentence for narcotics conspiracy.
According to Maino, the codes and ethics which existed in Bumpy Johnson's days no longer exist in today's era.
"We don't, we don't have the same code and ethics right now, unfortunately," Maino told AllHipHop.com. "Unfortunately we don't. And I wish we did. I wish we, you know, we were as proud, I wish we was as unified. I wish we was as strong as a people. I wish we had, you know, plenty more examples to show that, you know, but as long as I'm out here, I'm gonna keep mashing."
Take a look at Maino's comments below and make sure to watch the premiere of "The Godfather of Harlem" on Epix tonight at 10:00 PM.