By Johnny Walker
For those nostalgic for the gangsta rap wars of the 1990s, Biggie Smalls vs Tupac Shakur being the most famous, an ongoing court case in Brooklyn conjures up memories of such volatile times.
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s name has surfaced in a court case concerning Damion (World) Hardy, a real life character who might have played the part of the nihilistic underworld kingpin Marlo Stanfield in the classic cable series The Wire.
Reputed drug kingpin Hardy allegedly ruled over the Cash Money Brothers, a Brooklyn-based crew who ruled the borough’s drug scene from the late 1990s to 2004.
Tyson, also from Brooklyn, saw a close friend of his, Darryl Baum, who also served as Tyson’s security guard, shot down in a dispute with the Cash Money gang, allegedly over drugs.
In the Federal court case, it has been alleged that Tyson and Hardy both had hits taken out on each other over the death of Baum.
Tyson supposedly had a $50,000 bounty put on his head by the Cash Money crew, and the former heavyweight champion is alleged to have responded in kind, taking out a hit on “World” for the same amount of money.
There was disagreement in the Cash Money camp about “whacking” Tyson, claimed two of the gang’s henchmen in a Federal Court, because he was a Muslim, as was Hardy.
Allen “Boo” Bryant told the court that “World said, ‘I’m a Muslim and he (Tyson) put the money up.’”
Bryant added, “World was saying it (Tyson’s religion) didn’t matter.”
“If World would have called us, we would have did it.”
Another Cash Money crew member, Shelby “Moo” Henderson, “told the court he thought the idea of killing Tyson was wrong, but added that it would not have stopped the hit from taking place, saying it was a matter of ‘kill or be killed.'”
For his part, Tyson’s camp has previously claimed he put out no hit on Hardy, who at one time was engaged to rapper Lil’ Kim.