Subject detained by LAPD in the Jordan Downs projects during the middle of interview

October 6, 2010 | 10:16 p.m.
Streetgangs.com Staff

While vising the Jordan Downs housing projects in South LA we met a young rapper who was detained by the LAPD and accused of possessing and selling during the middle of our interview. No drugs were found and he was released.

The Jordan Downs are the home to the Grape Street Crips, one of the largest geographic gangs in Watts in the second largest housing projects in Watts. They were part of a large gang truce in 1992 when they temporarily halted their conflict with the Bounty Hunter Bloods and other rivals.

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28 Comments for “Subject detained by LAPD in the Jordan Downs projects during the middle of interview”

  1. battle g

    this is raw, my nicca, 103 all the way

  2. hey my guy thats all good ,but the streets didnt make you that way you chose that way ,because if Im not mistaken tyress gibson is from over your way also,I wish you make it in the muisc industy big time ,so you can help yo brothers and lil sistas out of the hood, anit nothing wrong with the hood if we really take care of it by first stopping the wall banging, the the hood kil#i*ggs,and make are owen hoilday once a month every black house should hold a bar bee q in are front yards all over los angeles county and feed are peolpe, with true love ,not having to worrie about drive bys and sh*%,just letting are young one no its gona be alright for years to come.

    • Clorissa

      Ni66a, please…I doubt if this dude make it big he gonna back and help his brothers out of the hood, not many of them do, actually. This cat all about himself. Until he changes his attitude, he’s gonna be right there 20 years from now drink a 40 out of a paper bag

    • fatso

      that is a simplistic way to examine why a person gets caught up with gangs. Most of these guys join gangs when they are 10 years old, so you call that a “choice made”? Also you dont know the personal circumstances of this guy compared to Tyrese, and what different option and available choices they both had.

  3. Esteban

    jordan downs is 80% mexicans nowadays

    • nick

      well its more like 60% mexican 40% black. but id say over half the mexicans there are paisanos and they dont come from a gang bang lifestyle so about 25% of jordan downs is chicanos so if you talking about gang membership blacks still have a larger recruiting pool. you feel me?

  4. Cardholder

    Jordan downs ain’t 80% mesican, it’s like 60% mesican at most

  5. VALERO

    Are there any Mexicans in Grape Street Watts Crip? I know there is already a Sureno gang in that area called Watts Varrio Grape, but are there any Mexicans who choose to be a Grape Street Crip over being a Watts Varrio Sureno? And vice-versa, are there any blacks in Watts Varrio Grape?

    Speaking of Watts projects, I swore I saw a video on Youtube of a Mexican in the Imperial Courts who looked like he was a PJ Watts Crip. Could be wrong, though.

  6. Esteban

    wvg runs that area period. gswc is gettin smaller every year cause of the demographic change

  7. i'll let you tell it

    WVG running it is laughable, these clowns speaking on Watts, and never stepped foot there in their life

    Grape Street Crips run tha area……WVG is not even on tha radar as far as dangerous/notorious gangs…………..Watts notoeriety comes from the Baby Loc Crips/Bounty Hunters/PJ Watts Crips

    SS WVG is non factors, its just a lot of mesicans that bought up the houses in watts when a blac moves out, so you’ll see more WVG graffitti on the blocs, that means nothing, mesicans like spraying up walls, but blac gang bangin is way more active then latinos…………

    tha e/s is actually very turnt down now, go to http://www.latimes.com, they map out tha most violent and active places in los angeles, out of the top 5 list of the most active areas in Los Angeles, all 5 are South Central, and 4 out of 5 are areas of West Side South Central (the highest remaining blac percentage in Los Angeles) the one on the East Side is the green meadows area which is somewhat close to tha freeway and still has blacs……….. latinos moving in to the East Side have brought down the East Sides violent crime rate……..its no question that latinos are turned down, so don’t give me that bullsh*% that WVG “runs” the area,
    WVG is not the one with tha injunction – GSWC is
    WVG is not tha reason for cameras in Jordan downs – GSWC is
    WVG wuz not on tha cities top 10 gang list – GSWC is
    WVG wuz not tha target of federal raids over and over throughout tha years – GSWC is

    tha list can go on and on, everyone knows who “runs” tha area: tha Grape Street Watts Crips

  8. LONG BEACH POBRE

    I DONT KNOW sh*% ABOUT WATTS BUT f#@$k CKRABS
    AND guyS ITS ABOUT THAT LONG BEACH SOUTH SIDE BARRIO POBREX3
    10st LOKOS CKLICK ESE !! f#@$k TAGGERS !!

  9. EjCrip

    WATTZ ^ 2 ALL THA HOMIES IN GRAPE STREET WATTZ! YO WOLFCAT! Wblank^ MA NEEGGAA!

  10. 8one8

    Yeah if you haven’t stepped foot in Watts don’t speak about it at all. All the years i lived in Watts, i never ran into none of them WVG’s or even the Village Boys.

    Sorry to say but the bloods and the crips are the one’s always hanging out.

    All the South Siders in Watts are no where to be seen.

    • DUKE

      WHEN YOUR TALKING ABOUT CHICANO VARRIOS IN WATTS YOU TALK ABOUT WEIGAND COLONIA WATTS, IVY STREET WATTS, MORTON TOWN WATTS, WATTS SUICIDALS AND HICKORY STREET WATTS. GRAPE STREET AND VILLAGE BOYS ARE IN CRIP AND BLOOD GROUND THAT WAS NEVER THERE HOOD TO BEGIN WITH. BUT THE ONES I NAMED THEY HAVE ALWAYS HAD THERE OWN HOOD SEPARATE FROM MORENOS. YOU SEE WHAT IM SAYING. EVEN THO WATTS VARRIO GRAPE STARTED OUT WITH BOTH MEXICANS AND BLACKS THOSE PROJECTS WAS ALWAYS A BLACK THING. JUST TAKE A LOOK AT FLORENCIA13, 38TH STREET, PRIMERA FLATS, CLANTON 14ST, PLAYBOYS, BARRIO MOJADOS, MOONLIGHT CATS, AZTLAN13, OCHENTA’S AND SOUTH LOS- THEY WERE IN A BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD BUT THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A SEPARATE ENTITY YOU KNOW. REAL SURENO HOODS THAT HAVE ALWAYS PROSPERED HAVE BEEN ALWAYS PURE RAZA AND CHICANOS. PAISANOS JUST FOLLOW TRENDS AND DIE OUT OR BECOME APART OF SOMETHING LARGER SUCH AS AN OLDEN CHICANO GANG. THATS JUST HOW IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN. CHICANO GANGS ARE ABOUT TRADITION AND PRIDE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. YOU WEAR THE PLACA ON YOUR CHEST AND YOUR REALLY PROUD OF IT BECAUSE IN MOST CASES YOUR GRANDFATHER UNCLES FATHER MOTHER COUSINS BROTHERS ALL ARE FROM THE SAME VARRIO AS YOU. ITS A PRIDE THING. I CANT SPEAK ON THE BEHALF OF MORENOS BUT IM SURE THERE GET DOWN OR BANGING LIFESTYLE IS NOT THE SAME. THEY JUST CLAIM THERE sh*% FOR MONEY I GUESS OR PROTECTION FROM THE ENEMY HOOD OR JUST FOR THE LIMELIGHT. AGAIN I CANT REALLY SPEAK FOR BLACKS. MABYE ONE OF THE BROTHERS ON HERE SHOULD ENLIGHTEN ME WITH YALL GET DOWN…
      WERE ALL FIGHTING THE SAME SYSTEM BROWN/BLACK QUE NO?

    • StreetGangs.Com Staff

      we often see WVG and SS Watts graffiti, but dont often see the Hispanic members.

  11. La Guarada

    found this vid on YouTube, this mutha mean buisness, they talking about taking over L.A. check it out

  12. mike

    pull yo pants up git!

  13. Bob

    If you weren’t criminals you wouldn’t have to worry about the cops.

  14. WVGST13 TRS

    Watts varrio grape street gan from 92-107 WvG TRS Gls Lgs Tws Qtrg

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