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 the aforementioned thugs got busted. More on that below), posting threats against rival gangs on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter — a very un-gangster thing to do, according to a Voice source who is a member of the legendary “Crips” street gang.
While the jump to the web might be seen as a sign of the times, it’s not “how real gangsters do shit” — according to our source, anyway.
“They put that shit up there [on Facebook] like they don’t know the cops is readin’ it,” one Crip member tells the Voice. “That’s dumb shit — amateur shit. That’s how niggaz end up in jail.”
At the ripe old age of 20, the Crip member with whom we spoke has been shot four times — including one shooting incident that involved him shooting himself in the leg (he happened to be sitting on my couch at the time, as evident from the bullet hole in my faux-leather sofa).
As he puts it, he and his homeboys are “for real gangster.”
gangsters don’t know what they’re doing, son,” he continues. “The reason
gangs survive is by not letting the cops know we is doin’ shit. We
don’t do none of that Facebook shit and if you do an ‘OG’ is gonna let
you know about it.”
As “fake-ass” as the new gangsters may be,
their violent tendencies are very real — the body count from an ongoing
street-war between the “Rockstarz” and the “VCG” stands at three dead
gangsters, as well as several innocent victims who were caught in the
crossfire, including a 10-year-old boy who was hit with a stray bullet
while watching TV in his own home.
According to an indictment filed earlier this week, the war between
the “Rockstarz” and the “VCG” waged for three years, and started with the murder of
VCG gangster Taquan “Tay Weez” Crandell, by Rockstarz gang member
Michael Allen Reid, in September 2009.
As the war waged on,
there were two other VCG casualties, including the murder of Namadi
Simpson on April 9, 2010, and Johnny Santiago, who was beaten to death
on June 6, 2011.
Following Santiago’s murder, a member of the
Rockstarz posted “Rockstarz are up 3-0” on Facebook, clearly referencing
the three murdered VCG gangsters — which led police to Wednesday’s
gangster roundup, netting nearly 50 arrests.
Our “Crips” source notes that “just because you can shoot a few niggaz doesn’t mean you a real gangsta.”
No, but it certainly helps.