In the two years since Ramel Gittens' murder, there have been street memorials, music video tributes, and relative peace between rival gangs. There has not yet been justice, though--only theories and rumors. But the words on the street about who shot Gittens will finally be tested in a courtroom. T ... More >>
Hit-Boy sounds like a superhero name when you say it over and over again while talking with his publicists. The same conversation can also make you realize Hit-Boy is currently an "it boy" in production circles. It was his Grammy winning composition, "Niggas In Paris," that would get the "rewind se ... More >>
A dispute last week over a grilled cheese sandwich of all things led to a massive fight between two gangs in a city jail that was allowed by correction staff to continue for well over an hour without intervention, the Voice has learned. One inmate--27-year-old drug suspect Roberto Rivera--had a bro ... More >>
The leader of an MS-13 chapter in Queens was sentenced on Friday to 30 years in prison. Hector Aleman Lemos, 32, had been accused of two homicides, including the shooting of a 13-year-old boy. He pleaded guilty to murder conspiracy and racketeering charges in March. "Lemos spread death and destruc ... More >>
My sister the champ
A candlelit vigil for a Brooklyn teen killed by New York City police officers left two people injured and led to one arrest Monday night. At approximately 7:00 pm, roughly 200 people gathered in East Flatbush for a somber vigil to remember Kimani Gray, a 16 year-old shot and killed by plainclothes ... More >>
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will give a speech later today in which he will announce his plans to double the size of the NYPD's anti-gang unit to combat the escalating problem of gang violence in the city.Kelly is calling the plan "Operation Crew Cut," which will bring the number of ... More >>
There have been a slew of new, young street gangs popping up in New York the last several years -- including the "Very Crispy Gangsters" and "Rockstarz," each of which were "taken down" by law enforcement earlier this week.These new gangsters have taken their battles to the Internet (which is why th ... More >>
Only three people were shot during this year's West Indian Day parade in Crown Heights yesterday, which -- sadly -- is an improvement from last year. However, two people also were stabbed to death during yesterday's festivities, so don't wave the victory flag in the war on Brooklyn violence just yet ... More >>
CAVE-IN-ROCK, ILLINOIS -- Last fall, the FBI officially named Juggalos "a loosely-organized hybrid gang." This afternoon, Insane Clown Posse announced at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos "seminar," a veritable State of the Juggalo Union address given to "the heartbeat of the entire Juggalo world ... More >>
Last week, the U.S. Marshal's Service issued a press release with this headline: "Gang Member Removed from New Mexico's Most Wanted." The apprehended menace in question was 20-year-old Mark Anthony Carlson, a white 140-pound male wanted on a felony bench warrant for missing probation. His gang affil ... More >>
Donzell Rogers, slain at a "Freaky Friday" party.The shooting at a house party in Brooklyn Friday night that killed one man and injured eight is suspected to be gang-related. Specifically a gang called the "Very Crispy Gangsters," which is a real name for a real gang. It would be almost funny if ... More >>
The 1997 murder of Christopher Wallace, b/k/a/ the rapper The Notorious B.I.G., remains unsolved. Last week, the case became both more transparent and more suspicious as the FBI opened up its files into an investigation about not just who shot Biggie Smalls, but also who helped orchestrate th ... More >>
This is how he squandered his big chance to go straight.
Paige at his sentencing Monday"With all due respect, and from the bottom of my heart, suck my dick!" That was the message convicted killer Zaire Paige had for Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice yesterday afternoon as he was sentenced to four consecutive 25-to-life sentences ... More >>
Okay, so not half of Queens, but I mean, still, 100 people?
In what has become an annual tradition, the minds over at XXL magazine recently unveiled the elite class of fresh-faced rappers they dub the Freshman 10. Mostly products of Internet buzz and/or critically acclaimed mixtapes, the Freshman class issue has risen from a gimmicky excuse to put non ... More >>
It's Christmas Eve's Eve's Eve and we got nothing, so thank Santa for the Freedom of Information Act, which got the FBI to release documents showing that the feds were looking into Michael Jackson's life, particularly the parts spent with young boys. Now we can relive the magic all over again ... More >>
The National Football League has a large millionaire population which predictably contributes overwhelmingly to Republicans over Democrats. Yet this week we learned from rightbloggers that the NFL is in fact a wing of the liberal conspiracy. Early this month Rush Limbaugh and Dave Checketts coll ... More >>
A second teen, 18-year-old Gregory Calas, faces charges in the Cambria Heights gunfight last Friday which killed 13-year-old Kevin Miller and wounded an unidentified 17 year old. The District Attorney's office is calling the shooting gang related. Friday, Queens DA Richard A. Brown charged C ... More >>
Who to insult, how, and why
Photo by Rebecca SmeyneTy and Mike House at the Silent Barn in 2007 Not sure what's the most unfortunate part about this Team Robespierre and MTV2 mini-saga that's detailed in play-by-play over at the Tripwire: that some drunk stooge flipping off the videocamera at the Chicken Hut last year both co ... More >>
"I mean Aspen, Portland: They're on the West Coast, but for an L.A. dude it's like the middle of nowhere. We got U.S. Marshals hopping on the bus in Salt Lake City." Not since the emergence of The Game on the national hip-hop scene has Los Angeles had such a promising new rapper as Nipsey Hussle. ... More >>
Beginning with a panoramic, ominous series of God's-eye shots of the Los Angeles skyline flipped on its axis so that skyscrapers jutting down like stalactites, Crips and Bloods: Made In America is director Stacy Peralta's third look at an underground L.A. subculture in as many films. After tacklin ... More >>
Movie fans receive a warning from New York transit cop tunnelpopo at Thee Rant: "'Notorious' movie comes out today... BE CAREFUL. Lots of Bloods and Crips expected to be in attendance." Commenters mostly contribute racism ("As if blacks aren't loud enough in the movie theater, can you imagine them a ... More >>
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