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For the gang featured in Grand Theft Auto V, see The Families. .. Seville and Grove were in a bad relationship, and after the mission: "Sweet's Girl" where One that has put in a lot of work; Hood: Neighborhood; Homie/Home boy/Home . This rivalry is often thought to be inspired by Los Angeles' Bloods and Crips gangs. It just means that youve basically finished up your time on active duty and put on reserve. The reason for this is to punish you for being a punk in their eyes, and is symbolic Could you quit a gang like the crips safely by moving away? . on circumstances, types of gangs and relationship with gang members which might . Well, that and his apparently superhuman capacity for blazing weed. He was a member of the infamous Rolling 20s Crips as a teenager, and in fact it was the . one could be forgiven for assuming that he has — how can we put this delicately — had Snoop credits Tupac with counseling him to stay in the relationship.
I was so popular by this point that half the school left with us. I was like the Pied Piper—a whole line of kids snaked behind me, eager to watch the fight. I saw his fear. He backed away, and I knew it was over.
I told him to take off his pants and left him outside in his boxers. The next day, I was arrested at school, and charged with extortion, possession of a weapon, threatening death and violating my probation. I was sentenced to three more years of probation and hours of community service. My dad was furious. He was still working and travelling a lot, and I took advantage of that.
As soon as he left, I was gone—back out with my friends, smoking weed, causing trouble. It seemed normal to them that a young black guy would act that way. At DASS, we only went to school for half a day. Most of us took two classes, max. If you took three classes, you were a nerd. We had to take English and math to earn a diploma, but the academic expectations were much lower than at a regular school. I spent a lot of my time there gambling, smoking weed and trying to hook up with girls.
I hated it there. It seemed like a place they dumped kids the system had given up on. They ended up chasing him down the street to his house, where he ran inside. When I got home, I saw a police cruiser outside of my house. I ended up pleading guilty to violation of probation and was sentenced to 30 days at Brookside, a juvenile detention centre in Cobourg. The day I was released, my dad and sisters were supposed to come get me. Three or four hours passed, and nobody showed up, so I took the bus home.
When I got to my house, I found it all locked up, with an eviction notice posted on the front door. I slept at my abandoned house and crashed with friends for about a week before my oldest sister, Morayo, finally called me. Then my sisters had moved out. Segun can take care of himself, they thought.
My sister Abi, who was studying health management at York, agreed to let me move in with her at her apartment near Jane and Finch.
No regular schools would take me, so I enrolled at Monsignor Fraser, another alternative school. Just like DASS, it focused on life skills instead of academics. I was back to cooking breakfast for class credit.
When I first started running with gangs in Grade 9, it was so I could be cool, so I could fit in. I thought maybe, if I made some quick money, I could become a real estate mogul. I started selling drugs, mostly weed and coke, some ecstasy.
I even tried cooking crack. My friends and I were always planning. Smoking weed and thinking about our big hit—the one that would make us enough money to stop.
As a small-time drug dealer, I was barely making minimum wage; you have to sell a lot of dime bags to get rich. I spent it on a Nissan Altima. And most of my friends were carrying guns. He asked me if I wanted to hold it. It was a gauge pump shotgun. When I shoved it down my pants, it went from my hip past my knee. I thought, Now I know why we limp.
I asked Tyler if I could borrow it, and he agreed that we could share it. It was just like when I was 14 and carried a baseball bat: Guns are made to take things.
While I never shot it, I always flashed it when I was robbing drug dealers. I thought I was untouchable. My friend Nathan saw Danilo Celestino, a year-old kid he knew who he thought might have some weed for sale.
Vince Staples: 'I started gangbanging because I wanted to kill people’
When we walked to the bathrooms to make a deal, I went in and Nathan stood outside to guard the door. Before negotiating, Celestino asked me about the people I knew. I was friends with somebody who had beaten his friend with a metal pipe for trying to rob his car. Things quickly got heated between us—we argued about the pipe incident, whose fault it was. I turned to leave. I turned around to see he was holding a knife with a dragon handle.
It was covered in blood. I remember him coming at me with the bloody knife. We fought, and I got the blade. I ended up stabbing him three times; I learned later that one of the cuts sliced his aorta. He staggered outside the Coffee Time and crumpled on the ground.
Nathan came running into the bathroom and told me we had to go. I remember looking in the mirror. I had on a white Mickey Mouse hoodie—it was now red, soaked through with blood.
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Nathan shouted at me to move. I splashed some water on my face, grabbed the knife off the ground and ran. At that moment, nothing was registering. As I ran away up Wilson, I saw a cop driving down to the coffee shop.
We made eye contact as she drove by. Then I was gone. I turned on CP24, where the incident had made breaking news. They were reporting that Celestino had been rushed to the hospital. For a moment, I was hopeful: I kept watching the news, feeling sick to my stomach as I waited to hear more about Celestino. My face was soaked in sweat, and I could barely breathe. I went to the park and sat on a bench, trying to figure out my next move.
For a few days, I waited. I went to class. I took my exams. Four days later, I found out the police had security footage from the Coffee Time before the fight. My time was up. My lawyer believed the Crown would charge me with manslaughter. I was facing a potential life sentence. The other prisoners mostly left me alone, because my charge, second-degree murder, gave me a certain amount of respect. I was lucky that my cellmate liked me—he was happy to have someone he could play chess with. He was also violent: People smuggle all sorts of things into jail: I even heard about people smuggling gun parts into the Don, stuffing them up their asses.
My cellmate used his pull with the guards to get the inmate he was after, who was a drug addict, transferred to our block. He and some of his friends yanked the guy out of his cell shortly after, and beat him, badly.
They pissed on the guy, then took paper towels and rolled them into wicks, lit them and burned him all over. By the time they dumped him back in his cell, he was covered in blood. He lived, but barely. All of us in the range were confined to our cells for a week. Jefferys near Jane and Finch. The public was clamouring for a crackdown on street violence.
My crime had made all the papers, and the Crown wanted to make an example of me. Or I could take a plea: The hearing was surreal. I think about it every day. The other was packed with school kids who were there on a field trip to learn about the judicial system.
It looked like a big college campus. There were five ranges around a circle, and in the middle, there was a soccer field, community centre, gym, library, programming room and barbershop. There was even a grocery store and a wood shop where you could build furniture. I relied on the same old power structures. I used my conviction as a street stripe. But as the weeks went by, I fell into a depression. I was all alone. Like the old me was gone. I was still just thinking about myself.
It seemed like everything had changed between us—for the first time, he treated me like a man, not a wayward kid. He walked outside with me, his hands behind his back, telling me he could help me change, but only if I wanted to. At the same time, I started meeting every few days with a priest who worked at the prison. The person I wanted to become. One day, I was talking to my facilitator, who was giving us exercises for controlling our frustration.
When he told me to count to 10, something bubbled up inside me and I just lost it. At that moment, I realized that neither did I. I needed to sit down and think about what I had gone through. Many young men in jail had faced the same barriers as I did. If I figured out where I went wrong, maybe I could help myself and others like me. For the next six months, I became obsessed with writing a manual based on my own experience—a book that would help kids avoid getting into trouble.
I conducted written surveys, asking fellow inmates what happened to bring them to incarceration. I was looking for common threads. And I found them: We were all just living up to our own stereotypes.
I wanted to break the cycle. I made a decision: I turned my manual into a curriculum that I could teach once I was released. It outlined three levels of criminal activity.
There are the Scarfaces, who deal some drugs, steal cars and have a sense of invincibility. And there are the soldiers, who follow the crowd, commit minor thefts and buy drugs for personal use. I counted down the days until I could get out of prison and begin teaching my program.
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For the first time in my life, I was filled with hope and purpose. When Abi came to pick me up, I did a backflip in front of the jail. I remember looking back at the gates thinking, Wow, I was in there. As we drove along the rural roads near the jail, my brain was on autopilot: He's got a lot of famous cousins Snoop is a talented rapper, oozes charisma, and obviously has an aversion to taking any crap whatsoever, so it's hardly surprising that he achieved a ridiculous level of fame.
Apparently, though, there is a genetic predisposition for paparazzi and adoring fans in Snoop's family, and not all of the talent is musical. She and Snoop have bonded over their shared love of pro wrestling, and she has said that huge chunks of her "Legit Boss" stage persona came about just from spending time around him. His son is destined for fame, but not as a rapper Snoop has been involved in youth football for years and yearsgetting into coaching for his son Cordell's middle school team and now running a statewide league in California.
Some of his players have gone on to success in the NFLand Cordell himself seemed set for pro stardom after being recruited by the UCLA Bruins — that is, until he abruptly quit to pursue a career as a filmmaker. After an outstanding high school career, the four-star wide receiver prospect waffled on whether he would play for a couple of seasons before permanently hanging up his jersey for film school in He explained that he had only ever seen football as a hobby and a way to become closer with Big Snoop and had made his decision after hearing his Dad say that he "loved Cordell the person, not Cordell the football player," which is just heartwarming as all get-out.
While pursuing his degree, the young Dogg went ahead and started his own production company, the appropriately named Film School Productionswhich will presumably rebrand itself as Makin' Movies Now Productions after graduation. He's married to his high school girlfriend In case it's not yet becoming obvious, Snoop is quite a family guy. No, not that kindSnoop Dogg is good at rapping.
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As a world-famous rapper who, again, literally became an actual pimp at the height of his fame, one could be forgiven for assuming that he has — how can we put this delicately — had carnal relations with truckloads of buxom women. While this may or may not be accurate, there has been one constant female presence in Snoop's life — his wife Shante Broadus, whom he met when both were in high school.
Admittedly, it has been a bit of an up-and-down relationship. The pair became an on-again-off-again couple when Snoop was totally unknown and remained that way throughout his insane early '90s fame explosion. They finally married inbut Snoop filed for divorce inwhich may have been related to all of the pimping. However, the couple renewed their vows inand it's been reasonably smooth sailing since. Shante is the mother of all three of the little Doggs — Cordell has an older brother named Corde and a little sister named Cori — and if you think they're an adorable couple now, wait til you see the prom photos Snoop shared to his Instagram on their 19th anniversary.
Snoop has had this lovable badass thing down for a really long time. His own parents gave him that silly stage name Snoop's stage name has gone through a few permutations over time. He famously, albeit briefly, changed it to Snoop Lion for a brief foray into reggae, and longtime fans remember that his moniker used to have an extra Doggy during the years that he seemed to have trouble remembering it himself.
But for all the Doggs of Rap, which needs to be a supergroup right now, Snoop stood out for having a singularly silly stage name that only a mother could love, because she gave it to him. To be fair, he certainly looks a lot more like a Snoop Dogg than a Calvin, and the similarity to Charlie Brown's pal was even more oddly pronounced in his youth.
But since his Mom was obviously such a big fan of the funny papers, it's just a good thing he wasn't a chubby kid. We're not sure if the world ever would have been ready for Garf Katty Katt. He was tried for and acquitted of murder Getty Images Many of Snoop's younger fans may not directly recall the time he was embroiled in a two-year murder trial, but this was actually a thing that happened.
Woldemariam left in a car, Snoop and Lee followed, and in an ensuing confrontation, Lee shot Woldemariam to death. Snoop responded to his arrest and public spectacle of a trial in the way you might expect: His performance of the song at the MTV Video Music Awards that year — in which he famously and bluntly proclaimed his innocence — has been called the most powerful of his career, and will be called that again, because it was freaking incredible.
The jury found that Lee had acted in self-defense, largely based on the testimony of a passenger in Woldemariam's car who claimed that Woldemariam was pulling a pistol when Lee fired the fatal shot. The takeaway from all this: His freestyle to an En Vogue track got him discovered He may be world-famous now, but it can be comforting to know that Snoop was once an unknown rapper making demo tapes to other peoples' beats, just like you.