Miami rapstress Jacki-O responded to controversy this week, surrounding the release of her latest mixtape, titled Jacki-O As Griselda Blanco La Madrina.
The project’s title was named after cocaine drug queen, Griselda “The God Mother” Blanco, infamous for running the Miami-based cocaine drug trade and underworld during the 1970s and early 1980s.
She’s best known for being profiled in the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys and its 2008 follow-up Cocaine Cowboys II: Hustlin’ with the Godmother, which focuses more heavily on her.
Jacki-O’s recently mixtape release, caused a little controversy over, not only its title, but also the imagery on its cover, which features the rapper in the studio, amongst an envelope of money, a loaded shotgun, and a massive amount of crack-cocaine.
Initial reports claimed that Griselda’s son, Michael Corleone Blanco, was concerned over his mother’s portrayal by Jacki-O. While this is true, the Miami rapper says they’ve since spoken and discussed these concerns.
“I did indeed make contact with Griselda Blanco son, Michael,” Jacki-O said, in a statement released through her publicist Tavorris Jefferson. “He first gave me his blessings and then expressed his need for us both to find a way to relive his mother’s legacy and portray her in a way that the media never did. (Maybe I did go in too much with the cover of my mixtape) (Laughs).
“After speaking with him and realizing the love his mother has for her children she is much more than a common, run of the mill drug dealer.”
Jacki-O said that in the conversation with Michael, both cleared up any confusion over the use of his mother’s name. In fact, Corleone was “flattered” that she was paying homage to his mother. His only request was for Jacki to make sure her fans knew that — despite the violence associated with her name and past — Griselda was a “caring, loving, business woman.”
“I will take what I have learned from doing my research on Griselda Blanco and continue to empower myself and other females,” Jacki explained. “I am Jacki-O, not Griselda Blanco. However, we are both women in a male dominated arena and I can relate to having to be strong like she is.
“Me naming my mixtape after Griselda Blanco was because she is portrayed to have been infamous in the underground world and she was and still is very well respected. We have an open line of communication, so everyone just stay tuned for what’s gonna be popping in 2011.”
Griselda Blanco’s use of violence against her competitors through her reign in Miami made her the target of repeated assasinations attempts in the mid-80s, which led to her moving to California, as shown in Cocaine Cowboys 2.
After spending time in prison, but continuing to run her cocaine empire and failed attempts to indict her on murder charges, Blanco was released and deported to Colombia in 2004. Her whereabouts are currently unknown.
Download Jacki-O’s Griselda Blanco La Madrina mixtape over at MixtapePass.com.