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Sanyika Shakur (born Kody Dehjon Scott; November 13, 1963),[1] also known by his former street moniker Monster, is a former member of the Los Angeles gang the Eight Tray Gangster Crips.[2] He got his nickname as a 13-year-old gang member when he beat and stomped a robbery victim to death.[3][4] Shakur claimed to have reformed in prison, joined the Republic of New Afrika movement, and wrote an acclaimed autobiography called Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member, which was first published in 1993.

Monster describes how Shakur was drawn into gang life, his experiences as a gangster both on the street and in prisons, and eventually his transformation into a Black nationalist.

In March 2007, Shakur, already sought by police for parole violations and named on the city's most-wanted gang members list, was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department for allegedly breaking into the home of an acquaintance and beating him in order to steal his car. The charges represent a possible third strike that could send Shakur back to prison for life.[3] In May 2008 Shakur pleaded no contest to carjacking and robbery charges, and was sentenced to six years in state prison.[5] Also in 2008, Shakur made his fiction debut with the publication of T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. (Grove Atlantic Books)