Chris Brown’s Blood affiliations have always been confusing to me. Same goes for Lil Wayne. These guys are very well paid celebrities but out of fear, need for security or street cred, they choose to tie themselves to gangs. The problem with that is they’re far too accessible and highly visible targets for rival gangs, which Wayne experienced a few months ago when Crips ran up on him.
For Chris, rumblings keep growing louder as his ties to Fruit Town Pirus are the reason trouble keeps finding their way into the singer’s life. As the story goes, Brown was supposedly the intended target when Suge ate a couple of bullets at a VMA party in August. Coincidental, MTV justreleased a clip of Brown talking with Sway on whether or not he’s affiliated.
“When you’re in LA and you’re around people, you meet everybody — you meet Crips, you meet Bloods, especially in this industry that I’m in. I’m not in the Country world. I’m not in the all-the-way Pop world. You in Hip Hop and R&B and all of that meshes together, especially when you’re in these events or these places where everybody can be there. I’m cordial.”
However, that clearly contradicts that one video of him throwing up hand signs in the club. I don’t know sign language but I’m going out on a limb to guess he wasn’t indicated he wanted additional bottle service for his section of the VIP.
I’m not sure if gang’s have specific requirements that say you have to join by a specific age or you have to be at a certain economic level but seeing Chris claiming a set in his early 20s seems as backward as any line of thinking I’ve ever seen. You’re rich, you’re famous and your status is elevated. Street cred shouldn’t be an issue but, in case, it really never should have been since he’s been singing and dancing damn near his whole life. Security purposes? Nope, not when you can hire bodyguards licensed to carry firearms.
VladTV recently interviewed Tray Dee of The Eastsidaz for his take on celebrity gangsters and he sums it all up pretty well.
“I feel it has to either be a psychological defect to where you don’t wanna enjoy your life and enjoy your wealth and you know, ride around on boats and pop bottles, just live a stress-free life as far as attracting unwanted attention and aggression upon yourself. Why would you wanna be rich and start fighting people? It makes no sense to me. I see it as the peer-pressure aspect is that, ‘Is this what you really want for yourself? Or do you feel that this is the only way that you’ll be secure in certain areas?’ So are you buying into it for protection? That’s the only logical conclusion that I can come to. I can’t see somebody waking up one day [and saying], ‘Okay, the Bentley’s in the driveway. Couple mill in the bank. Let me go to the hood and get shot at. Let me go stand on the corner and get shot at so people could say, ‘Oh, man that’s a tough guy.’ People gon’ say you stupid as—you already know. So, I don’t get it.”
Tray went on to drop knowledge about the perils of being a high profile person and attaching oneself to a gang in an attempt to prove you’re about that life. Things get real when people who are about that life come looking for you.
“People make themselves targets. If you a person out there in the gang life that you really out there, about that life, dropping bodies, all that. You know they gonna be coming for you in a minute…You have guys out there on the hunt like that. They know their time is numbered, so it’s like, ‘Wait a minute, Chris Brown banging? I can go kill Chris Brown and my name gon’ live on forever.’ You just a strike. You not thinking about your family, you not thinking ahead. You can’t be thinking ahead wanting to be a grown man joining a gang and obligating yourself to a lifestyle that you really know nothing about and obligating yourself to people who wouldn’t give a damn about you if you was just Charlie Brown walking in off the streets.”
That’s really the kind of message we can hope makes it through Chris’ thick skull. He’s already been afforded more than one opportunity to get his life back on track. No sense in suffering a setback by trying to rep a set that’s really not yours in the first place.