Friday, January 21, 2005

Paid in Full....The Life of Rayful Edmond Captured




Written by Joseph Wright

His name is still whispered to this very day. If you say his name loud enough, you never know what kind of reaction would be displayed. The name Rayful Edmond III will either put a smile on your face (for many different reasons), or send a chill down your back (also for many different reasons). A movie like “New Jack City” with Nino Brown is something people watched to see how the life of a drug kingpin went. Although Nino Brown was allegedly based on events of real life drug lords, it was still just a movie that came out years after Rayful Edmond became the limelight of DC, which was a central reason for DC’s Dodge City reputation in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He has been described as one of the most notorious drug kingpins ever. He has even been referred to as the “Three hundred million dollar man,” after a special on 20/20 was done when authorities estimated Ray pulled in $2 million a week in revenue. For those who may not know, Rayful Edmond controlled 90% of the cocaine flow (imported and exported) in DC in the 1980’s, which spilled over into the early 90’s as well. At the tender age of 22, Edmond already knew what it felt like to be a financial powerhouse. The 1982 grad of Dunbar Senior high school was the cocaine liaison for other drug kingpins in New York such as Alpo and AZ. Edmond was truly a product of his environment. Granted, life is also about choices and people are the captains of their own souls. His mother, Constance Perry, introduced Edmond into the drug business. Constance sold illegal pills that were referred to as “poor people’s crack.” It was affordable and had just about the same affect on people as regular cocaine. Perry and Edmond were in inseparable and became partners. Once Edmond got older and became more established, he blew up to a level beyond belief. Although, he advanced, he never left his mother behind him. Every department of the law became hungry to close in on Edmond. During Edmond’s reign, many people died, people ate, people worked, people went to jail, and many people became addicted to cocaine.
Although Edmond’s track record may be one of praise for baby Nino Browns and wannabe head honchos, right is right and wrong is wrong. The law closed in on Edmond and his empire in 1990 when he was imprisoned in Lewisburg. Edmond’s demise did not come at his own hands however. Edmond’s mother, Constance Perry was the straw that broke the camel’s back when she was taped admitting that Edmond was everything the authorities thought he was. Before her taped conversation (a conversation in which she was also unknowingly set up), there was never any hard, cold evidence that Edmond was the drug lord he was.

“Rayful Edmond controlled 90% of the cocaine flow (imported and exported) in DC in the 1980’s”

Film director, Kirk Fraser gives new meaning to the phrase, “grabbing the bull by the horns,” with his latest film project entitled, “The Life of Rayful Edmond.” The informative DVD is slated for a November 16th release with the possibility of making it to the silver screen, or whichever comes first. Fraser decided to tackle such a sensitive, yet long overdue subject after his initial studies of the life of Rayful Edmond back in 1997. Fraser, a former Howard University student, directed and executively produced the Edmond documentary with the aide of Curtis Chambers. Although not an easy task for Fraser, his hard work and dedication to such an influential figure (Edmond) will not go un-noticed in and out of the DC area. Fraser experienced extensive research on the subject and kept the DVD as professional as any filmmaker should. Pointing fingers and calling names is an avenue that Fraser did not care to explore with such a controversial figure. It does not even matter to Fraser if people felt that Rayful Edmond was a benevolent or diabolical person. His purpose is much more abysmal. “This is the first real movie made about DC,” replies Fraser, when asked about his motives for making such a film.
Fraser is not trying to discredit any other person that may have compiled resources about Rayful Edmond. This is simply the way he chooses to tell the story. When asked what exactly the DVD will touch on, Fraser stated, “It’s about his [Edmond] rise and fall in the game. How he made it and what brought him down…it’s just so deep.” Fraser feels that it is his duty to touch bases on a story that is so much a part of DC history. The history of DC runs deeper than what schoolbooks only wish they could print. The DVD explores three major aspects of the life of Edmond. The first thing is the media. The media has always described Edmond as a cold-hearted villain who poisoned the streets of DC with drug activity. It’s only right for the media to pass judgment and point out the negative of any situation. The media is cut and dry with no in-between. They’re either your worst enemy or your best friend. The media is definitely a foe to a person like Edmond. However, the street has its own opinions as well. The street is the second aspect of what the DVD conquers. Edmond means different things to different people even to this very day. A lot of questions will always be raised when it comes to his situation. To some, he was a provider and a genuine person who could make friends with anybody. His personality was very strong and respected. He was man of morals in his own right whom deeply cared for his family and possessed an undying love for his mother. He was very giving especially to the youth of DC. A person that was very unselfish when money was literally not an object to him. On the flip side, Edmond also was a businessman. Granted, he chose an illegal source of business. To some, Edmond is a sell out, a snitch, a person that was feared because of the power he possessed over his business and even other people.
The third aspect of the DVD touches on Edmond’s life. A display of the kind of person he really was back when reigned. People on the outside will always see things differently from the person who is actually in a situation. Negative comments about his life can raise very serious questions such as: Why did he snitch on people? Did he really snitch? Did authorities and the courts trick him? What was he going to get out of cooperating with the authorities? Did he ever fear for his life? Why was he mean? Why did he continue to poison the community? You never quite know a person’s situation unless you get the opportunity to walk in their shoes.
Even today, the whereabouts of Rayful Edmond, who will be 40 this year, are unknown. Edmond is not an angle, nor is he the devil. Most importantly, he is not a fictitious character in a movie that people sit around and talk about at a campfire. Rayful Edmond is a real person. He may be a different adjective to different people, but he is definitely an urban (DC) legend whose true-life story is far from an imaginary hood myth. Be sure to log on to www.may3rdfilms.com for more information on this exclusive DVD, Kirk Fraser, and the life of Rayful Edmond.

23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait for this Documentary to be released. This will show the world how ruthless Washington DC aka "The Murder Capital" aka "Dodge City" aka "Dark City" really is. Rayful was the biggest drug lord in the city's history. He was like Al Capone, and Lucky Luciano, and John Gotti. But he was black. There has never been any other black man to control an entire city like this before him, or after him. Those New York cats, AZ, Rich Porter, and that bammas azz Alpo who snitched on notorious DC killer Wayne Perry, were small time neighborhood drug dealers in Harlem. Rayful was king of the city. The story of how a black man could gain this much power right under the governments nose is the most captivating story of a Drug Lord/Mob Boss you'll ever see.

March 24, 2005 at 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was born and raised in Dc Ive seen people come and go if you ask me that was the best time....yes he was a drug dealer...yes people were killed...but alot of wonderful things came from that man people ate. Wehad a code we lived by...no snitchin and their was money for all without begging the government for help we all know that most black drug dealers are from poor beginings..as far as I remember no one was forced to smoke crack and I look forward to the day he comes back.......Oh I am a women

November 2, 2006 at 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the YOUNG LADY. Everybody ate, there was a code, a pecking order, YOU KNEW YOUR PLACE. I'm 35, DC was the shit and errrybody know it. This hip hop shit wants to glorify new york...whatever...WE DID IT BIG! Ray had such a charisma about him, as did all of us in the late 80's and 90's that was get'n it! "BLACK WAS BLACK" back then! NO POLITICS...JUST REAL!

December 23, 2006 at 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LET ME JUST SAY FOR 1 I HAVE SEEN THE DOCUMENTARY AND IT WAS EVERYTHING I EXPECTED IT TO BE-RAYFUL WAS THE BIGGEST DRUG KINGPIN IN THE DC AREA, BUT ALL PEOPLE SEE IS THAT THIS MAN WAS NOTHING BUT A PROBLEM, WELL LET ME TAKE A MIN AND PUT ALL THOSE PEOPLE IN CHECK, FOR THE GOV AND ALL THE OFFICIALS RAYFUL MADE SURE EVERYONE WAS FED AND EVERYONE WAS ABLE TO BE HAPPY HE DID ALOT OF GOOD THINGS WITH THE MILLIONS HE WAS BRINGING IN,AND PERSONALLY I WISH HE WAS STILL DOING HIS THING LIKE SAID IN PREVIOUS COMMENTS HE DIN'T MAKE ANYONE BUY HIS PRODUCT PEOPLE MAKE THERE OWN DICISIONS BASID ON HOW THEY FILL, SO THE LAW ENFORCMENT CAN WHATEVER THEY WANT TO ABOUT HIM HOW HE IS BAD AND NO GOOD. WELL HOW B0UT THIS IF THAT MAN IS SO BAD THEN OUR PRESIDENT SHOULD BE LOCKED UP RIGHT WITH HIM FOR ALL THE UNDERHANDED BULLSHI* HE IS DOING BUT I SAID ENOUGH-BUT RAYFUL YOU ARE STILL LOVED OUT HERE AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU COME FROM BEHIND THEM BARS STAY UP

January 18, 2007 at 1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I KNOW THIS GUY KIRK HE IS A WANNA BE DIRECTOR. HE IS GAY AND WANT COME OUT THE CLOSET,BUT RUNS AROUND LIKE HES THE MAN.HE PLAYED LIL KIM AND TRIED TO DISRESPECT HER IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD.

NOW I SEE HE IS DOWN WITH JERRY STACKHOUSE AND R42PRODUCTIONS AND I HOPE THEY KNOW HE'S A LIAR AND HE STEALS PEOPLE IDEALS.

ALL I WILL SAY TO WHOEVER WANTS TO LISTEN ISSSSSS HE IS A UNDERCOVER FAG AND HE IS A THIEF. HE USES PEOPLE FOR WHAT HE CAN GET.

I KNOW ONE OF THE GUYS IN R42PRODUCTIONS AND HE WILL HURT THIS GUY OVER HIS FAMILY. SO TO ALL WATCH OUT FOR THIS GUY.

MISSY FROM DC

January 30, 2007 at 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I KNOW THIS GUY KIRK HE IS A WANNA BE DIRECTOR. HE IS GAY AND WANT COME OUT THE CLOSET,BUT RUNS AROUND LIKE HES THE MAN.HE PLAYED LIL KIM AND TRIED TO DISRESPECT HER IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD.

NOW I SEE HE IS DOWN WITH JERRY STACKHOUSE AND R42PRODUCTIONS AND I HOPE THEY KNOW HE'S A LIAR AND HE STEALS PEOPLE IDEALS.

ALL I WILL SAY TO WHOEVER WANTS TO LISTEN ISSSSSS HE IS A UNDERCOVER FAG AND HE IS A THIEF. HE USES PEOPLE FOR WHAT HE CAN GET.

I KNOW ONE OF THE GUYS IN R42PRODUCTIONS AND HE WILL HURT THIS GUY OVER HIS FAMILY. SO TO ALL WATCH OUT FOR THIS GUY.

MISSY FROM DC

January 30, 2007 at 6:09 AM  
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Anonymous SMALLS, GA. said...

RAYFUL WAS DA MAN AND IN MANY WAYS HE STILL IS DA MAN.HE WAS A YOUNG KAT DOIN HIS THANG I MEAN REALLY DOIN DA DAMN THANG.DA DUDE HAD GOOD PLANS BUT DAT TALK HIS MOTHER HAD MESSED HIM UP I REALLY THINK IF DAT WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPEN RAYFUL EDMOND WOULD STILL BE RUNNIN D.C AND MANY MORE STATES. SMALLS GA.

June 3, 2007 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rayful will always be the man in D.C. and if nigga's would've paid him when he was putting them on from lewisberg it would've been all good

August 31, 2009 at 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was a drug dealer who profited of the degradation of others. He kad many people killed, left people without fathers, sons, and husbands.
Many woman got addicted and abandoned children.

Quit idolizing a poison peddler.

He was not a boss. The real boss supplied him and stayed out of jail. He was a puppet for the real bosses.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow these comments are very shocking... No one should ever look up to a drug dealer Rayful was young and made many bad choices that Im sure he regrets until this day.... Black people lets have more pride in our selves it a diffrent world out here than booty calls drinking and drugs lets renew our minds its sad that we can think this way of people who deal drugs.. Some people parents got addicted to these drugs and have never been the same children have lost their lives genrations destroyed....Wake up people....I love Dc im from Dc but I will never live there again or raise my kids there.....Families are broken because of this even his own family was broken his Mom had to go to jail.... and now theres nothing to show for it now not nothing but he is sitting in a jail sail for the rest of hie life thinking what he could have done with his life....lets get it together black people get jobs higher education raise your families and move on.....

April 15, 2011 at 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ay jo.........life with out parole doe off dat bs crackrs.....free ray....hp

November 1, 2011 at 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So most of you are sayin that when Raful Edmond was doing his thing, you all had money, you ate & you were doing very well. And you wonder why the black community is where it is today. At what expense did you eat & live well? I don't knock anyone for their hustle, Raful Edmond found his hustle & made millions in it. However, he had a chance to do some real good with those millions, build a charter school in DC specifically for inner city youth with parents in prison or on drugs. Start programs for adults coming home from prison with no where to go & no where to work. Educate them, through your program, start a drug rehad & prepare them to be productive in society. He could've done this & not asked the gov. for a dime to help support it. And yes there are ways to get around the Gov. when they come after you for taxes & where your getting the money from. But no he chose to give black men, woman & kids jobs in his crew by selling drugs. Of course he didn't make anyone buy or sell his product, but he didn't help anyone try to over come their addiction either, he didn't give inner city black youth a chance to get a better education & not take the same route he did either. Yes he did alot for familes in DC that were in need, but ask yourself, @ what cost?

March 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was the youngest true but and one of the best but nicky Barnes and frank Lucas did it better

July 16, 2012 at 2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

detroit been murder capital for da ladt ten years. sorry sir.

November 11, 2012 at 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where I'm from we don't use terms like bamma and still, but a snitch is a snitch. This documentary was obviously approved by this bamma, and someone should still him.

January 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ray took the chances he took because they presented themselves to him. He made some bad decisions now that we have a chance to look back but to all of you fools that sit back a judge a man without living that mans life are busters. 1 Ray never personally murder anyone in fact the murders really dissturb him but living the life he choose you surround yourself with a lot of dangerous people whom he needed to progess in his business. You show me a drug lord without murders around him and I will show you a drug lord who is a dead man. Look I'm not saying that he's a saint but that he was a product of his enviroment. Think about it, when Ray rose to power murder was running wild in DC and the majority of it was cause by people kidnapping and robbing. Do you know that a young man was murder in NW DC and when it came to Ray attention that one of his worker was responsible he made the young man turn himself in. Now I know that some of the reason was to remove some of the heat off but he did it. I'm not trying to justify just setting the record straight for all of you holy then thy fools on this site. The man made misstake but he is paying with his life. Maybe you wouldn't have made the same misstake and maybe you had someone to guide you but this man was bread for the work he choose. His mother was in the game and his father was a millionaire dope boy also so without the proper guidence what would you expect. And another thing the man was in his early 20's at the time of his arrest so I would call him a kid. I'm in my early 40s and I live through his entire rise from the time he was going hand to hand on orleans to the time he was fronting bricks and as far as dope boys he was extremely mild. Back in those days it was a lot of dude way more dangerous and if you fools lived it you would have known this. I diffinitely didn't like the snitching part but the dudes he snitch on left him with no choice, it was either he tell or he died. The dudes was robbing without a gun and it was nothing he could do. It was either bring those dudes inside or deal with the Columbians he owed because these niggas wouldn't pay what they owed him. Remember he was lockup and he couldn't go get the money and those dudes knew it. He also couldn't hide from the Columbians. Look, to all of you Deacons judging this man just stop and let the story speak for itself. And to all you fools saying what he didn't do please hold your breaths until you turn blue and die cause believe me y'all don't know what the fuck y'all are talking about. It's a lot of good shit happening in DC right now because of dudes Ray help get rich. Yeah the clinics, the rehabs and all the other shit you fools were talking about. It took for a dude like Ray to fall for others to realize different routes. So the bottom line is stop spitting the shit that you read and speak on what you know.

January 24, 2013 at 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he was a RAT and a FAGGOT...he gets NO RESPECT! FUCK HIM!!!

January 27, 2013 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty sure you wouldn't call him a rat faggot to his face... internet though guys. Lls. He made the best of his circumstances and did what he knew best. Too bad he couldn't use that mind for a fortune 500 company.

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