That it was. Within months, he was living two simultaneous lives — in public, one of the most vivid and promising new talents in hip-hop; in private, part of a gang that committed robberies, distributed drugs, shot at rivals and more. Those two worlds have moved in overlapping orbits for decades. Gangs were central to the outward-facing identity of West Coast hip-hop in the late s through the s and had perhaps their most prominent expositor in Suge Knight, the founder of Death Row Records in the early s, who publicly flaunted his Blood affiliation. In , the Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda pleaded guilty to conspiracy and weapons charges in connection with his association with the G Stone Crips. Ultimately, as Drake and his acolytes reshaped the genre around melody, the sort of tough talk that ordinarily came from those scenes got marginalized. Over the last few years, however, mainstream rappers have appeared more willing to acknowledge gang affiliations, in part because the internet has increased transparency, and in part because the genre is inching away from the soft edges of the mids. Consider the work of YG, who raps frequently about life as a Blood. His membership was a privileged one: 6ix9ine said he was never formally initiated.
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