Famous people who have been members of the Bloods or Crips gangs include rappers Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne and actor and rapper Ice-T. The Bloods and the Crips are rival gangs based in Los Angeles, Calif., and are frequently tied to illegal activities involving drugs, guns and violent crime.
Rapper Snoop Dogg joined the Crips as a teen, affiliated with the group "Rollin' 20s Crips." Lil Wayne, on the other hand, joined the Bloods after he became famous, and has frequently written lyrics about that affiliation. Ice-T was a member of the Crips before he joined the United States Army and deployed to Hawaii. Ice-T later found success as a musician and actor, and Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne became rappers.Learn More
Some of the biggest rival gangs of MS-13 include the 18th Street, Street Thug Criminals and the South Side Locos. In March 2012, the government of El Salvador mediated a truce between the MS-13 and 18th Street gang, otherwise known as "M-18" or "Barrio 18." The truce was supported by the Organization of American States and the Catholic Church.Full Answer >
The Bloods gang does not have a specific founder, but the Pirus gang teamed up with other street gangs to form a new group to resist the influence of the Crips. The Pirus gang, also known as the Piru Street Family, was originally a subgroup of the Crips, but it became its own group after an internal gang war in the 1970s.Full Answer >
Law enforcement and other agencies cannot provide the specific number of gangs currently active in Detroit, Mich., because Detroit’s gangs primarily are neighborhood-based, forming and dissolving on an ongoing basis. There are at least 2,500 confirmed gang members in Detroit, as reported to CBS Local.Full Answer >
Gangs use different sorts of slang words and hand signals that are unique to each group. Some general terms include "gat" (a gun), "strapped" (carrying a gun), "turf/kingdom" (gang’s claimed area), "slippin" (gang member letting his guard down) and "OG" (original gangster, being related to the stereotypical 1970s gangster's lifestyle).Full Answer >