Lil Durk openly proclaims to be a member of the Black Disciples street gang, but he is not afraid to give respect when it’s due. The OTF frontman took to Twitter to pay homage to the founder of the Gangster Disciples street gang, Larry Hoover.
Hoover, 64, is credited as the founder of the Black Gangster Disciples. Hoover is currently serving six life sentences in prison
Durk was promoting his upcoming project “They Forget” when posting a photo of Hoover with a caption, reading, “Growth and Development.”
— LILDURK2x (@lildurk) November 16, 2016
Hoover changed GD” to “Growth and Development” to give the organization he founded a more positive meaning.
Durk believes Hoover should be freed from prison. He believes the GD founder could end the bloodshed occurring in the streets of his hometown.
“People like him can change things,” Durk told Darryl Robertson of Vibe Magazine.
When asked about the age gap between Hoover and young gang members, Durk replied the GD leader would have to be strategic about his approach.
“…It depends how they come. If they come sideways then yeah, they’ll get their head knocked off,” Durk explained. “But if they be like, ‘I ain’t trying to take over but I’ve done done what y’all trying to do so I’m just trying to give y’all game.”
Durk agreed with Robertson that Hoover is more powerful in the streets than in jail.
“People will still listen to the OGs of the game,” he said.
Durk is not alone in his thoughts. Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan has even called for Hoover’s release.
Farrakhan said Hoover’s influence might help spark change in the urban community if he were freed, according to the Final Call. Hoover, Farrakhan said, pushed members of the GDs to place a priority on education.
Durk is somewhat directly linked to Larry Hoover despite being a member of the Black Disciples.
Durk revealed during an interview with Power 105’s The Breakfast Club that his father was jailed because he wouldn’t snitch on Hoover.
Dontay Banks aka Big Durk was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted in 1994 of distributing crack-cocaine throughout South Side Chicago.
“My father been in jail 22 years,” Durk said. “I rock with him. Everyday, talk to him on the phone. I was going to visit him. He had a big name in the streets, so it was like he was here.”
Durk revealed a new Chicago law would allow his father to be released from prison in a few years.
“He had life. They passed that new rule in Chicago… that new law, so he a be home in a couple years, like three,” he said.
Durk said his father was locked up for drugs.
“They ain’t even catch him on drugs. They locked him up cause he didn’t snitch on Larry Hoover.
Months ago, Larry Hoover was removed from 23 and 1 lockdown at the ADX Florence supermax prison in Florence, CO, Don Diva Magazine reports.
Chicago artist GLC confirmed news of Hoover transfer after speaking with Hoover’s wife, his son Larry Hoover Jr. and best friend Wallace Gator Bradley.
GLC wrote in his caption, “[Hoover and Fort] eat together and have symposiums to lead reform and prosperity of youth x prison reform and economic/political control of our communities and to end genocide amongst our own.”
He added, “Larry Hoover said it feels good to be shackle free for the first time since 1997.”
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