The Crips and Bloods are the two of the longest running, most violent and most popular gangs in the African-American community. Their longtime rivalry began in the 70s and has intensified throughout the years. But due to the outrageous violence that has occurred in our country, especially within the African-American community, two popular rappers who are affiliated with both sides of the gangs came together for peace. The Game and Snoop Dogg launched a peaceful rally, Operation H.U.N.T. (Hate Us Not Today), at the Los Angeles Police Department. They brought the L.A.-area Crips and Bloods together to refrain from violence unless it’s self-defense, amongst other things.
There are over 30,000 crips and over 800 sets. Bloods aren’t as large as Crips with about 20,000 members. Within those gangs lie a few of your favorite rapper. Some are active, some not so much, but they still rep their sets. The late greats, Nate Dogg and Eazy E, were actual Crip members. Nate Dogg was apart of the Rollin’ 20 Crips and Eazy E was apart of the Kelly Park Compton Crips.
The Game, Blood
Even though his family was part of the Santana Blocc Crips, Game became a Cedar Block Piru Blood in high school. He’s still a member but isn’t as involved. He even references the gang in his latest Meek Mill diss, “Pest Control.”
Snoop Dogg, Crip
“I keep a blue flag hanging out my backside. But only on the left side, yeah, that’s the Crip side,” Snoop raps as he Crip walks in “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
Snoop was a member of the Rollin’ 20 Crips in Long Beach. He was in the gang so long that he gained O.G. status, which led him to name one of his albums The Blue Carpet Treatment. Fans suspected he gave up his status once he reincarnated himself as Snoop Lion, but it was never confirmed.
YG is a Blood of Tree Top Piru, located in Compton, CA on the Westside. He references many clicks of the gang when he reps “400.”