Former LA Crips Gang Member Sanyika Shakur AKA Monster Kody Dead at 57

While in prison in the 1980s, Shakur joined the Republic of New Afrika movement and changed his name. Later in 1993, he published a gripping memoir titledMonster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member. The book depicts how Shakur fell into gang culture and also highlights his growth within the New Afrika movement. Shakur also converted to Islam while housed at the Pelican Bay State Prison.