The upcoming Lifetime Network reality television show Detroit Dynasty, centering around the life of Motor City rap mogul and reputed drug chief Brian (Peanut) Brown, is in jeopardy of being shelved with the new revelations that Brown and his rising music empire are subjects of an expansive federal criminal investigation per sources with knowledge of the situation. The completed eight-episode first season of the series was shot last year. Lifetime announced the show last fall.

Peanut Brown, 47, founded BMB Records in 2013. The Motor City-located label is home to historic Detroit MC Trick Trick, platinum-selling hip-hop heartbreaker Ray-J (ex-fiancé of Kim Kardashian and Whitney Houston) and Philly-bred female rap diva Charli Baltimore, a former lover and protégé of iconic slain east coast hip hop ambassador Notorious B.I.G.

Last week, The Detroit News ran a lengthy story on Brown being the target of a joint DEA and IRS probe going on for more than four years now – law enforcement tags him as the biggest heroin kingpin in the Midwest right now. His wife and business partner in BMB Records, Akia Brown is also part of the inquiry and co-stars in Detroit Dynasty with him. BMB executives “King Dorian” Washington and Trea (Sugar Knight) Davenport are featured in the show too.

In 2010, Peanut Brown was released from a 10-year prison stint for dealing cocaine. He was indicted on a gun charge last year and is out on bond awaiting trial.

Both Peanut and Akia Brown have self-help books on the market, accompanied by highway billboard signage across Motown. Peanut’s book is called Living For The Sacrifice – A Hood Hero’s Guide To Success.  When first announced last year, the Lifetime show touted storylines surrounding the Browns’ unique romantic relationship and Peanut’s transformation from narcotics czar to rap industry head honcho, a narrative which sources say Lifetime is worried becomes undermined by the current government inquiry into his reputed street and business affairs.

The Browns have an open marriage. Akia allows Peanut to have relationships with two other woman. While Akia is Peanut’s legal wife, he calls the others his “spiritual wives.” Court records show he had a love affair with Charli Baltimore up until last spring when Baltimore broke things off as a result of Brown allegedly physically attacking her in May 2016, two months following him being arrested on his weapons charge.

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