West Side Pirus [WSP] are a predominately African-American street gang located on the westside of Compton, CA. They were originally known as the Piru Street Boys founded around 1969 by Sylvester Scott and Vincent Owens making them one of the oldest Black gangs in LA County.
When Raymond Washington was attempting to transform street groups into the Crips, he was able to convince the leadership of the Pirus to embrace the Crips identity for a very short time in 1970. That relationship was severed because the Pirus had already been engaged in conflict with Mac Thomas and his gang which recently embraced the Crips identity becoming the Compton Crips.
The Pirus broke away from the Crips, severing all ties, and then become one of their main rivals to the Crips.
- Sylvester “Puddin” Scott, 59 (January 8, 1951 – March 26, 2010)
- Chad “Lil Stunna” Keaton ( – 2015)