Former Crip member Sanyika Shakur, aka Monster Kody Scott, has passed away. The former Eight Trey Crip member-turned-author died on June 6 at the age of 57. The cause of death is unknown and more details are yet to be revealed. Rappers Vince Staples and Glasses Malone paid tribute to Monster Kody on social media.
Monster Kody is the author of the 1993 memoir "Monster: the Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member." All the details about his life on the street were documented in this text.
Monster Kody was born Kody Dejohn Scott on November 13, 1963. He later changed his name to Sanyika Shakur. The nickname Monster Kody was given to him at 13 in the mid-1970s. He wrote in this book,
“I was a criminal. 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 life of Monster Kody
Monster Kody was known to beat up opponents, shoot at them, and commit robberies. His mentor was Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips. Monster Kody led a life of violence and criminal activity before being sent to jail for an extended period.
He continued to mature as an individual and completely denounced his criminal life. In 1993, during solitary confinement at Pelican Bay, a maximum-security prison, he wrote his popular book. He also connected with the Republic of Africa movement during his incarceration. This was when he also changed his birth name.
Monster Kody converted to Islam during his time at Pelican Bay. He then befriended Tupac Shakur and tried his luck at rapping.
Online reactions to Monster Kody’s death
Many paid tribute to Monster Kody through Twitter:
The first news of Monster Kody's death was made public by AllHipHop. Several paid tribute on social media. They fondly remembered Monster Kody and celebrated his life through quotes, uplifting messages, and pictures.
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