Who is Kody Scott?
Kody Scott is a legendary gang member-turned-activist and bestselling author who has reportedly died at the age of 57 at a homeless encampment in Southern California. Scott, who earned the nickname ‘monster’ during his time with the Crips and later legally changed his name to Sanyika Shakur, was found dead on June 7 in a tent at an encampment near the San Luis River Trail in Oceanside, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.
Scott’s wife Tamu discovered his ‘badly decomposed body in a tent, said Tom Bussey, an OPD public information officer, told the Los Angeles Times.
‘Monster’ Kody Scott, former L.A. gang member who became a bestselling author, found dead at 57 https://t.co/P60dZSNGrU
— robert lopez (@LAJourno) June 16, 2021
How old was Kody Scott?
Kody Scott was 57 years old at the time of death.
Monster Kody Scott Bio
Throughout his life, Scott evoked both fear and inspiration from the people around him as he transformed from child gang member and a criminal on the Los Angeles most-wanted list to civil rights activist and author of his own cautionary tale.
Scott went by several names through the different stages of his life. He got the nickname Monster, or Monster Kody when he was 13 and beat a robbery victim until his face was disfigured. As the story goes, Scott’s friend heard police referred to the attacker as a ‘monster.’
When he was in prison in the 1980s, he changed his name to Sanyika Shakur after joining the Republic of New Afrika movement and converting to Islam.
Growing up, Scott, who was born in 1963, was beaten by his father Ernest and neglected by his mother Birdie.
The couple divorced in 1970 and, two years later, his mother moved him to the gang-riddled streets of South Central Los Angeles.
There, he used to hang out with his neighbor Stanley Tookie Williams, who was then the leader of the West Side Crips.
Williams would invite Scott to his house while gang members would lift weights, smoke PCP and talk about gang life. Williams later wrote in his memoir Blue Rage, Black Redemption that he felt remorse for introducing Scott to that lifestyle when he was so young.
Monster Kody Scott Wiki
A subgroup of the Crips, known as the Eight Tray Gangsters, formed in Scott’s neighborhood in 1975 and he joined it after of his sixth-grade graduation.
As part of his initiation, he joined the gang one night as they hotwired a stolen car and, armed to the teeth, opened fire on a group of Bloods known as the Brims. Scott had a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun and was told not to leave until he used all of its bullets.
Scott was first arrested in 1978, at 14, after shooting an employee of a fast-food restaurant who had assaulted his younger brother Kershaun.
He was in and out of jail for the next decade and, having dropped out of high school, began to educate himself in prison. He took part in the 1992 Los Angeles riots in response to the killing of Rodney King, where he was arrested again.
The following year, he wrote his first book while he was in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison.
Monster: The Autobiography of an LA Gang Member came out at a time when many were unaware of the plights of gang life.
Monster Kody Scott Books
In 2007, Scott was accused of breaking an acquaintance’s home, beating him and attempting to steal his car. At the time, his name was on the Los Angeles most-wanted gang members list for parole violations and the arrest would mean a third strike that would land Scott in prison for life.
The next year, he pleaded no contest to carjacking and robbery charges and was sentenced to six years in state prison.
That was the same year he wrote his first fiction novel, T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. And in November 2013, he penned a book of essays called Stand up, Struggle Forward: New Afrikan Revolutionary Writings on Nation, Class, and Patriarchy.
Kody Scott Death
Before his death, he was working on a fourth book and in talks with a streaming service about adapting his story into a podcast with Leo ‘Pretty Boy’ Smith, a former gang rival, according to the Los Angeles Times. Scott and Smith grew up in the same neighborhood.
However, the two made amends after Scott published his first book.
Many took to Twitter after the announcement of his death to express their condolences.
Chuck Jigsaw Creekmur, the CEO of AllHipHop.com, shared a picture of an old paperback edition of the book on Twitter.
Kody Scott Cause of Death
Tom Bussey said it appeared Scott died of natural causes and no foul play was detected, though the official cause of death has yet to be determined.
R.I.P. Sanyika Shakur. Formally known as Monster Kody Scott. pic.twitter.com/hEE6aJf18d
— C-Note (@OriginalCnote) June 9, 2021
Rapper Vince Staples shared an old photo of Scott with the caption ‘Rest in Peace.’
Hip Hop Journalist Cheo Hodrai Coker tweeted: ‘I interviewed him for Rappages two decades ago for a cover story I’ll never forget.’