The Gangs Of L.A.

What happened to the “gangbanger,” the figure who ruled hip-hop — and, seemingly, the streets of America’s cities — from the late 1980s to the end of the millennium? Americans projected their racial and social anxieties onto this figure, inflating him into a “superpredator,” fuel for the tough-on-crime policies of the ’90s. By the turn…

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Big Wy – B Not For Sale

The “B Is Not For Sale” is the latest song from West Coast veteran Big Wy (of Tha Relativez) which focus on the sudden emergence of rappers claiming gang affiliation — specifically with the bloods– for popularity and street creditability. The song even touches on so-called gangsters using social media to broadcast their criminal activity. “This is…

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Black P. Stones: 15 Arrested During A Series Of Raids In Los Angeles

Aiming to quell a rash of violence plaguing a South Los Angeles community, police officers raided more than a dozen homes Thursday and seized an array of high-powered rifles, ballistic armor, handguns and more than $50,000 worth of drugs. Fifteen members of the Los Angeles-based Black P. Stones street gang were arrested during the early…

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Lime Hood Pirus Discuss Gang Life In Compton

CBS News launched West 57th (TV Series), a short-lived newsmagazine series during the 1980s. The show visits East Compton to interview 17-year-old Dusty Loc and friends, all members of the East Side Lime Hood Pirus. During this era –there were Original Gangsters (OG) and Baby Gangsters (BG)– the term YG (Young Gangsters) didn’t exist in the Blood Community,…

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Maniac Latin Disciples

The Maniac Latin Disciples (MLD) came into existence around 1966, when the gang’s founder Albert Hernandez started moving to recruit people from the Latin Scorpions, a local baseball team playing in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The gang first came together as a defense mechanism against the continuous harassment perpetrated by local non-latino…

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