Varrio Hawthorne Lil Watts (LWS)

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Lil Watts (LWS) in Hawthorne

The most asked question about this barrio is “why do they call themselves Lil Watts when they are in Hawthorne, several miles southwest from Watts?” The answer to that question is related to when they actually formed. During the late 1960s, several guys from Hawthorne began a barrio in the most run down section of Hawthorne and it was Watts that had a reputation of being an area of Los Angeles that was most feared. Los Angeles had recently experienced the worst urban uprising in US history commonly known as the “Watts Riots,” and during this time areas such as “The Jungles,” “South Central,” Compton and East LA were not places characterized as communities plagued with high levels of violence. There was a small section in Hawthorne between Compton Blvd (south) and Rosecrans (north) and Cerise (west) and Crenshaw (east) that people avoided and referred to is as a place just as bad as “Watts.”

By the time 1969 came around the gang that formed there decided to take on this identity of being from a neighborhood that was just as feared as Watts, calling themselves Lil Watts and becoming the first gang to form in Hawthorne. The neighborhood is uniquely located at the intersection of three different municipalities, Hawthorne, Gardena, and Alondra (Unincorporated LA County), and this gang represents an excellent example of how ineffective using only prolonged police suppression can be when addressing gang violence. During the 1980s and early 1990s, law enforcement from several agencies aggressively policed this very small section in the South Bay that was plagued with assaults, drugs and the occasional murder, but over the years we have seen the neighborhood grow as a result of it. Although many people were arrested and sent to prison, the heightened police presence had no deterrence value, and the gang continued to grow not just physically, but in the minds and hearts of those that lived there.

Today there are several other gangs in Hawthorne but Lil Watts (LWS) remains to be the most known and established gang in the area with several cliques including the Traviesos, Underground Locos, Tiny Locos, Demons, Baby Locos, Winos and Dukes.

In 1990, the cities west of the 110 Freeway (Gardena, Hawthorne, Lawndale, & Redondo Beach) changed the name of Compton Blvd to Marine Avenue, but not without resistance or controversy. Manhattan Beach had already called the far west side of the road Marine Avenue since the early part of the 20th Century, but there were some that wanted to erase the stigma of Compton from their cities. Robert Adams, a former Compton councilman, said the name change was the result of racism because the City of Compton was known as a Black city. Redondo Beach council member Stevan Colin casted the only vote against the name change in their city, questioning the motives behind it stating that Hawthorne and Lawndale have nothing to do with the Marine.

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115 Comments for “Varrio Hawthorne Lil Watts (LWS)”

  1. 8one8

    So what do gangs in actual Watts think of LWS?

    • LILwestside132

      i d0nt think dey really care s0mtimes homies fr0m grape wh0 be on duh bl0cc get nt0 it wit dem but it aint super tunrnt up beef

  2. Big Joe

    LWS ain’t the most known’ in Hawthorne..

    LOS COMPADRES VARRIO TREC ( LCV3 ) TINY LOCOS is the most known’ and always will be…..

  3. CFL

    PURO 310 WEST!!!!!

  4. LILwestside132

    D10ty Bl0cc FaMily 132st LWSki*lahz d0nt c0me 2 the bl0cc.

  5. LILwestside132

    o0o n dey g0t deez guyz h0od boundaries I dont likeed up the h0od is fr0m crenshaw and el segundo t0o crenshaw n 135th t0o kornblumn el segundo n 135th n dey turnt d0wn the 0es be smashen 0n dem das why dey had t0o clicc up wit fabk but i g0t respect f0e dem th0e dey h0od big

  6. HTFG PRAIRIE AVE LOCz

    MAN THUGG I dont like TWATTSK THIS HAWTHXRNE THUGG FAMILY GANGSTAZ MXXVIN WE DA HARDEST SET IN DA CITY LOC. WEST HANNEN 2 DA 118GC & 111MAGC LOCSTAZ LILTWATTER13K SMASHIN

  7. EKX3KRS

    vARrriio Evil KlAN X3 139ST f#@$k twatts we taken ova ur hood

    • The real LWS

      Taking over? Hawhawhawhaw!!! Hold on i cant breath… That sh*% is too funny. Ok im back. Ek is only on this list bcuz LWS helped to build ek in Hawthorne bcuz it was supposed to be a click. (Ask trigger & perris what they yelled out putting in work on f13). When this was gonna be made official ek from south central came in & said they couldnt do it bcuz ek is not from Hawthorne. So the beef started. Yeah it back fired on us but ek is not really worthy of being an enemy gang bcuz well they dont have any turf. No hood no gang. No gang no threat. Just a flea on our nuts. LWS has been around too long to let the evil kids take over. Ek is not really in Hawthorne some just live there so lets keep it real.

  8. san diego grande

    from a outsiders perspective who runs through that hood at least twice a week. it’s run by little watts. everyone is irrelevant.

    ek??? hahaha are you kidding?

  9. Sleepy Lokx BTM

    f#@$k All the youngsters in Twatts
    I give Respect To The OG Like My Pops Kricket, Roller, Peanut, Sweepy (RIP), N Pecas

  10. bulletprooflove09

    loving that lil watts haw haw haw haw

  11. Greedy loks hne lws tvs

    All you fool talking mad sh*% ek thug fam you fools are sorry ek everytime u seen the green tahoe comeing down the bloc with big greedy loks behind the wheel you pee yourselves

  12. we straight ridin on all the enemies in the ache….
    some fool’z hit up There set & talk(Ek)
    Some Just blast on sight with out a fight(TF,118GC,111MAGC,)
    & SOME DO IT FOR YEARS BOTH OF EACH & PUT IT DOWN & ARE KNOWN IN HAWTHORNE NO MATTER WHO TRIES TO TAKE OVER (LIL WATTS)
    fool’z still here ower name cause it’s Hawthorne On Ower’s Since The 60’s no matter how much ya try we took over this city it aint nothing still got lil homies out & about…caliming The L-DubbZ….To The Rest Of The ENEMIGa’s You ARleady Knoe WatTs CRackin…Big Bad blank HXWTHORNE.LIL WATTS.X111

  13. HAWTHORNMYHOME

    STAY OUT OF HAWTHORNE!!

  14. Duece Capone

    187 on all LiltwattsK H13ki*ler

  15. Duece Capone

    Fuc liltwattsk TvsK BlsK fabK oesK

  16. blakielnx 13

    all i knw fuk twatts and cheese kakes West Side Lennox 13 gang winos 111st putos come to my hood you twatts get fuked up like them tampax and nutt Krakers

  17. HARBOR AREA GANGSTER

    VARRIOLAWNDALE13LOSEASTSIDERS

  18. LITTLE TWATS AINT sh*%.. EVIL KLAN 13 IS THE MOST KNOWN GANG RIGHT NOW WE SMASHING ON THE SUR13 AND THE TWATS

  19. ALL ABOUT HAWTHORNE LITTLE WATTS 13
    LWS13 WILL NEVER DIE! BUT SERIO HOMIES WE NEED TO JUMP IN SOME MORE MORREOS UP IN THE FAM! SOME MORE HYNAS TOO

  20. SOUTH SIDE HAWTHORNE LILWATTS 13 FUK FABK AND OES FAB ISNT CLICKED WITH THE H13 THEY R JUST A BUNCH OF PRETTY BOYS THAT NEED TO STOP SKOOL BANGING HAWHAW LK 118K LNXK MTSK LMSK NKK EKK SSPK SXLK 18K GRAPE ST K TFK

    • The real LWS

      Whoever u r must have moved out of the hood long ago & dont keep up. Fab click is the homies & are active. Putting it down for LWS & are worthy of riding for Hawthorne. So either stay away & stay off of here or come down & see whats really going on. Ss Ws H13 Lws Gang 147t st, 135 st, 126 st, 120 st… Bls, Tls, Dms, Fab, Pls, Wns, Dks, Tks, Ols & them mutha f#@$ken Tvs!!!

  21. YgRock2

    f#@$k thug foos. West Side Hawthorne Piru Gangstas. Original black gang in Hawthorme.

  22. .:hawthorne13lwts bls:.

    SS H13LWTS BABY LOKOS KLICK f#@$k A DEAD LOP!
    R.I.P CLOWNY

  23. Big weewee

    Fk u queers….clowny was a fggot and big greedy smokes pole….kricket, roller, and peanut all took it in the dook shoot in the pen

  24. NSR X3

    f#@$k ALL YOU LAME blank PuT0s, N0rth SiDE red0ndo SMASHiN f00ls, f#@$k LIL TwATTS, f#@$k A L0P f#@$k EvERYONE, NSR X3 ALL daY everY Day.

  25. The real LWS

    U f#@$ken dummy. either u real old, real young or real stupid… LWS & NSR used to go at it but that sh*% stopped about 11-12 years ago. Dont think ur homies would appreciate u dissing & bringing problems. Now get out from under ur bed, go outside & learn about whats really going on out in the streets. s/o to the real homies from NSR.

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