Are there Bloods & Crips in South Philadelphia?

Posted on Wed, Apr. 21, 2010

By Alex Alonso
STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER

SOUTH PHILADLEPHIA — Reporting from the inner city community of South Philadelphia on 18th Street and Dickinson I met up with rappers Kevlar and Lido Gambino back in 2004. They talk about life in South Philly and Lido Gambino spits a wicked rap about South Philly style and raps about he “wants to get away with murder like OJ” – a must hear rap. Of course these lyrics, like most lyrics you hear from rappers are not to be taken literally. They are for theatrics and entertainment pleasure, but I wanted to ask some serious question about the presence of street gangs in Philadelphia.

Both rappers denied that there are street gangs in their communities in the sense that Los Angeles and Chicago has street gangs, but they did state that youth hang together in groups which is very similar to how some define a gang. In Pittsburgh the Law is a street gang that was been known for sometime but there was not identifiable presence of Los Angeles type gang bangin’ in Philadelphia even though their crime rate is one of the worst in the nation.

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21 Comments for “Are there Bloods & Crips in South Philadelphia?”

  1. Mike

    Don’t know shit bout s. philly but there are def bloods in north philly.

  2. YUNG 7XC

    DNT KNW SHIT 6OUT THEM IM FRM JERSEY AN I WENT 2 PHILLY I MET CRIPZ IP THERE AND ITZ ALOT OF HOMIEZ UP THERE SO IDK WAT THESE NI66AZ SAYIN SO ITZ WATEVA ALL I KNW IS AINT NNUTTIN SMOOTHER DEN DAT 107 HOOVA CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRIPK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Real ish

    lol nigga 107 hoova definitely aint no crips, fuckin out of state bustas lol.

  4. scruff

    East coast lames. Get ya own gang. Goofies.

  5. CodeRed

    Philly is the only city on the East Coast on they own original shit. There are gangs in Philly, it’s so real that when you ask a gangbanger about it, they’ll tell you “No, there are no gangs in Philly”. Shit is more professional than those flashy, loud mouth NYC and LA niggas be doing. On top of that, the murder rate in Philly is worse than NYC and LA, tells you something about how they get down there. There are no color based gangs in Philly, except a few wannabes here and there, most gangs in Philly are organized around neighborhoods or housing projects.

  6. The_Haitian_Zoe

    Crips and Bloods please. There a couple fakes out here, Philly cats don’t do that dumb crib and blood ish like dumb ass cali and new york cats. We do our own out here and to all the west coasters who like to talk shit about how we are wack in the East Coast, look at crime statistics in from Philly, New York, Camden (New Jersey), Boston, Baltimore, D.C., we have the highest crime rates on the East. Ya’ll west coasters was hard back then but ya’ll are lames nowadays. Get wit it.

  7. Real ish

    Bitch get wit it faggot, no one give a fuck about P{hilly cuz there aint shit there but a liberty bell, bum niggas with muslim beards and crusty white T’s and cheesesteaks. New York niggas is fake but at least they city is poppin, and they steal everything from all you other est coast lames who ride their dick. The taake the black and latino part of any city in Cali and put it up against one of the gay ass bitin east coast cities and you’ll see it’s the same shit. and the funny shiht is yo bitch ass has to get all of the east coast to combat LA or Caali cuz you know you only talking about Cali not no Oregon or Wahington. Why dont you put philly up against oaakland or compton, or watts and see what that murder game like faggot. get real nigga and wash the cheese wiz out yo crusty ass beard. LOLOLOLOLOLOL

  8. Iwanttolive

    Amazing, simply amazing we have really stooped to an all time low, cats are bragging about who started gangbanging and whos state is doing the most killing.Everybody has a story to tell about the dangers of ones environment, how many bodies have been layed to unrest do to protecting a piece of realestate that their kids will never be able to purchase or inherit. I am the offspring of the late 70s raised in the 80 and became a man in the 90s, in all my years and journeys throughout California i have lived in some of the worst ran down apartment complexes and neighborhoods,thing is never once did i see or hear anyone speak of it with so much pride as i see people do on this internet, don’t get me wrong when i say F the streets they only good for traveling on or dieing on. We will never own the streets and if we did the goal would be to improve the living conditions of those areas where the gunplay and drugs run rapid. I am a California native born and raised here and cats should know not everybody in the hoods here want to be there.I use to dream of moving to another state when i was young, to purchase land and raise my kids away from Cali, but as time would have it i’m still here. I did get to visit a few states, keyword visit.When it comes down to it im not proud of america im proud of what my people had to endure during the development process of this country we continue to shed blood for.God made man,man made money, who has the most power?One!

  9. Cantiflas

    I dont know about crips and bloods, but they sho enuff have a damn good steak sandwich out there!

  10. CodeRed

    Yo RealIsh, you sound real stupid, nigga you just said to put the whole state of California against one East Coast City? You dumb, bitch ass nigga. Philly’s murder rate is higher than LA’s which is a bigger city. That INCLUDES Watts you fool. On the whole, the East Coast is a more dangerous place than the West Coast. Plus who cares about Philly? Everybody know Philly is poppin, you prolly never even been to Philly before. New Yorkers are moving out of New York and coming to Philly. Learn something before you post next time homie, for real. Plus, Philly INVENTED Gangsta rap, look up Schooly D, you ignorant fool.

    Real East coast niggas didn’t have to bite off Cali’s gangs cuz there are already established gangs on the East Coast, save for New York since they biting off everyone. The only other city right now where it’s more live than Philly at the moment is Chi-town.

    And to the people who say someone is braggin about murders and crime etc in the inner city, it’s not about that. When you come from somewhere where people are getting murdered everyday, it’s a badge of honor to make it to adulthood, to have survived and continue to survive through that.

  11. Real ish

    Listen up you faggot LA is a bigger scity with alot of nice parts unlike shit ass crusty philly, put a hood section of LA next to philly and we on sthe saame level. how you gon put a city with mlibu, the valley, beverly hills, hollywood and some of the nicest richest hoods in the country against a dirty ass dusty city? I been to philly, buncha dusty niggas and white people that’s how a knew the city was shit. My homeboys from philly, one from germantown, forget where the other 2 dudes from. spent 4 years in B-mmore so shut the fuck up. Philly poppin, and B-more poppin with that murder game but they shitty cities of course everybody killin in the whole city that’s the point. You cant put no city like that against major world cities like Ny and LA. Plus the other philly nigga started hatin first like how the niggas on the east coast was talkin shit about the west when I touched down.

    i mean niggas from B-more, DC, NY, Philly, Boston, etc. If Cali or La so pussy why the WHOLE EAST COAST always gotta talk shit? WHy can’t one city go, you know why cuz the whole east coast ride NY dick who ride Cali dick but hate. That’s why I saw crip and blood grafitti in B-more, stupid ass niggas walkin around in all blue with flags hangin out they pockets like it was 1992, and other gay shit, stick to the east coast and we’ll stick to our shit.

    Oh and get off NY dick, they don’t really like yall niggas.

  12. Real ish

    They didn’t post my comment becauseI was clownin yo bitch ass so tuff but it’s ok you mark. I said you bitch ass east coast niggaas always put the whole east coast against one state Cali, or the city of LA…What kinda ho ass shit is that. Stand on yo own two and get off that NY dick. Basiclly what my post said before the bitch ass moderator took it down was thaata LA is a big important rich city, philly is a bum ass cd where even the whites is damn there poor so philly got like 2 good areas while LA got a grip so how you gon compare a shit ass city where the only thing to do is kill and sell drugs to a city with Beverly hills, malibu, hollywood, palo verdes etc. You gotta compare philly to watts, compton, south central.

  13. omg ru 4 reel

    Code Red: Badge of honor? No, really, u were just joking, huh? Ni66a a badge of honor is what u get from strappin’ on yo boots every morning, even when u don’t want to and go to work to put food on the table and in your family’s mouth in an honest way and working hard and contributing positively to the community and going to your death knowing you were a decent person. What u talking about is a badge of disgrace and stupidity. There is no honor in keeping yourself in the hood and hanging out on corners wasting your life away. Let someone else breathe your air. Good God…badge of honor…..ok…..sure…..

  14. Hmm

    Who cares honestly? Its all about making money..Philly is wack in terms of it being poppin..NYC def got it poppin on the club tip and females..but that prolly just cuz they got more numbers. I heard LA was poppn hard and the females in Cali be bout it and let ya kno..my kind of girls..and the bud is tastey..i had it from all the cities..but that ny diesel is something special.

    anyway..all that gang shit aint me i have my own lil crew of fams and friends who we roll together wit and wat not..others have bigger numbers and shit just becomes a gang on its own..others form gangs around they hood and its al about holding down ya spot and making money…shit can go deep and out state gangs influence hood gangs..and its all business..they you got them fakes who try to be all hard and show colors cuz they kno on there solo they gettin taken.

    stop bitchin n hatin..and i hate that camden keeps being called the worst city in the us..its a fukin scheme to keep camden down so they can keep gettin that state money..thats the mafia gang btw..shit above most ya heads.

  15. Dontneva

    And don’t eva eva eva eva eva, ask for mayo on your cheese steak sandwich in philly….you’ll get shanked by the cook….

  16. GOD'sCHILD

    I pray every night for the lives and souls of our lost bro & sis. we as people need to open our eyes and find the only way to a reall life of happiness is thru our heavenly father n stop killing ourselves to glorify evil and condeming their souls to hell. I’m not the 1 to judge but i have been effected by gang violenece first hand. I’ve lost my eldest sister when I was 8 yrs.old I’m now 26 & numerous of childhood friends to senseless killing. Tell me my brothers & sisters in Christ when will it end? OUR CHILD ARE THE FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. peter bklu

    Yeah we crippin nigga… C53 to all da cuz n da 215…. BK ALL DAY CUZ…. OOOOWWWOOOHHH

  18. peter bklu

    Ima north Phil crip n I ain’t scared to Rocc my flag n e where… C53 ooowwwoooohhh to all da cuz prepping da set… Cz^ bzdown

  19. Crips? Bloods? Gangs? = Bunch of dumb niggers who cant find a job because of there lack of education and like taking the easy route in life. Ignorant and im sorry but my 9mm is just as strong as theirs. Only difference is I don’t use it because someone is talking shit, or snitching. Id rather use my fists. If your in a gang means your a PUSSY in life and need people to back you up because you cannot fight and live by yourself. Your weak minded.

  20. I am not sure if I agree with you. Anyway will keep looking

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