ATLANTIC CITY--The man who once was Atlantic City's most notorious drug kingpin will be featured this week on the BET series, American Gangster. Today "Midget Molley" discusses the man he once was and who he is today.
"One thing led to another and the young man was shot in the head and that was the first time I actually went to prison." Hakeem Shaheed a.k.a. Midget Molley will be the first to tell you his life in the past was out of control. "I didn't think I'd be alive today," said Shaheed, "I made the wrong choice, the wrong choice that cost me a total of 30 years in and out of institutions, 30 years of my life."
As one of the biggest drug kingpins to come out of Atlantic City, Shaheed will be featured on the BET series, "American Gangster" this Thursday, although he was initially against the idea. "American gangster? I'm not a gangster," said Shaheed, "I'm a Muslim, I'm a human being, I'm a law abiding citizen now, and proud to be so, but some friends of mine said to me, you need to tell your story."
His story dates back to the 70s, when he was introduced to selling drugs at the age of 14. By the 80s, he was selling hundreds of kilos of cocaine and flaunting his success, most notably by the crown he wore. "What you see as glitz and glamor, behind it is death and destruction," said Shaheed, "total death and destruction."
After running major drug operations here and in New York, D.C., Atlanta, and other major cities, Shaheed was convicted on a laundry list of offenses in 1989. The death of his mother and the murder of his son along with the federal prison sentence was the turning point in his life. "The streets is a lie," said Shaheed, "50 cent, Jay-Z, all these rappers can make it look glamorous, but it's a lie."
While Shaheed was released from prison in 2006 a changed man, he quickly saw the city he had left behind remained the same. Seeing neighborhood kids going down the same path he had, he knew it was his mission to try and steer them in a different direction. "I share with them the price one pays for wrong friends, for gangs and the involvement in drugs," said Shaheed.
It's a lesson Shaheed knows well and is doing his best to spread to inner city kids struggling like he once was. He hopes the BET documentary will not glamorize his life as a drug dealer, but show the harsh realities of it...and says if it doesn't he will. "I will spend the rest of my life trying to make it right," said Shaheed, "I have to."
You can catch the hour-long feature on Midget Molley this Thursday at 10PM on BET.