As many may already know, Migos’ Offset is a member of the Gangster Disciples. The Atlanta rapper proudly repped “Growth and Development” at a recent concert in Mississippi.
“GD FOLK!” he called out to members in the audience.
“BILOXOI MISSISSIPPI GD FOLK SALUTE MY FAMILY #GDN #YRN #QC,” he later added on IG.
Earlier this year, the “Jealousy” rapper posted an image himself to IG draped in a black rag with a caption, reading “2.15.19.”
The numerical symbol is representative of Brothers Of Struggle, prison faction of the GDs.
The Black Gangster Disciple Nation was founded by Larry Hoover and David Barksdale in 1969.
Hoover and friends formed “The Supreme Gangsters” in the early 1960s and used to hang out on 68th and Green streets. Hoover and his crew controlled a small strip of Halstead Street in the Englewood neighborhood.
The gang grew and spread East to 79th street and East to the Dan Ryan expressway.
Hoover possessed a charismatic personality and was seen as the crew’s leader.
“I always wanted to be a gang leader. Not just part of the gang, I always wanted to be the leader,” Hoover was quoted as saying.
David Barksdale was the leader of the rival Black Disciples gang and controlled the area between 59th and 68th streets. Barksdale suggested he and Hoover merge their gangs to form Gangster Disciples.
Hoover and the Supreme Gangsters met with Barksdale and the BDs on the corner of 68th and Green Street to make their pact official.
“I told them that today that we had become the strongest, most powerful organization in the city… What we have put together here today was the start of something great. That from this beginning, we would one day control the city,” Hoover was quoted as saying.
Barksdale went under the name “King David” and adopted Judaism’s six-point star for the gang.
Barksdale died from kidney failure in 1974 as a result of a shooting in 1967, thus making Hoover the president of the organization.
The Black Disciples later disbanded from the Gangster Disciples following a disagreement with the direction of the organization.
Hoover ran the gang’s criminal empire until he was charged and convicted in the murder of drug dealer William Young. He was sentenced to 150 to 200 years in prison.
While in prison, Hoover changed the name of his street gang to “Growth and Development.”
Despite professing change for the urban community, Hoover was linked to running an elaborate criminal empire behind bars. He was later indicted and sentenced to serve six life sentences at the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility.
The GDs and BDs can now be found active nationwide in many major metropolitan cities.
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