GangBangNation.com - A detailed look Inside Midwest Gang Culture

The capital of midwest gang banging is Chicago, Illinois. Midwest gang bang culture is highly segregated by race and is based upon gang controlled intersections called "decks". Decks can also be a mob controlled apartment complex, public housing project, an entire neighborhood or even a nomadic group of individuals within the mob with no geographical base. Gangs in the midwest are called "Mobs" because they were inspired by the mafia who rules the steets of Chicago before them. Each mob is usually based on race and is split into multiple decks. All midwest mobs are members of either the Folk Nation Alliance or the People Nation Alliance, with almost every new independent gang that starts up in the region being forced to pick an alliance in order to survive upon entering the prison systems. In rare instances, a gang in the midwest will stay independent (not join the folks or people alliance) and will be labeled as "bar none" meaning "no alliance". Every gang is free to join which ever alliance they choose, and are even known to switch alliances in certain cases or flip to bar none in very rare instances.


Midwest gangs or "mobs" identify themselves by facing the brim of their hats to the preferred direction of their alliance (right for folks nation, left for people nation), by flashing the handsign of their mob and by marking their hood or "deck" with the symbols of their mob. Though colors are not a significant issue with midwest gangs, every mob has their own unique group of colors and symbols that have literary meaning to their particular mob. Midwest gangs disrespect their enemies by "throwing down" the rival gangs handsign in an upside down fashion and by marching through a rival gangs hood or "deck". Midwest mobs are known to fiercely protect their decks from law enforecment and enemies with the use of well placed watch posts that has members holding communicated security shifts at all times and even have snipers guarding from windows and roofs in some instances. Also, many decks will "brick" (throw objects at) any vehicles that stray into their decks and patrol their decks/cruise through rival decks with large vehicles (most notably 1980's era Broncos) ready to "ram" the vehicles of their enemies and even run over enemies themselves. Midwest mobs are highly against harming any innocent civilians (known as neutrons) and will even murder a member of their own mob for harming a neutron. Midwest mobs take this rule so seriously that members will often commit suicide if they murder a neutron by accident to avoid being murdered by their mob.


In November of 2011, the Chicago Police Department's CLEAR data system identified more than 73 active street gangs and estimated their combined membership as 68,000 to over 150,000 gangsters in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The National Gang Intelligence Center lists Illinois as the state with the highest rate of gang members per capita: 8-11, per 1,000 people. Gang membership numbers have always been fluid. With the steady formation and dissolution of small gangs, the recurrent convictions of both leaders and their ranks, and the impossibility of a census, all authorities have difficulty tracking membership with precission. Gang membership, by it's nature, is difficult to quantify; since crime is a definitive aspect of the gang lifestyle, members are reluctant to admit affiliation and thereby expose themselves and theor fellow members to the threat of incarceration. It is this lack of precision that proves the true threat of Chicago's gangs. Their mode of operation exists fully apartfrom civil society, yet the repercussions of their guns and drugs directly affect society's well-being. Gangs hold territory, and are therefore criminally active, throughout 24 of the 25 police districts within Chicago's city limits.

Most residents in the City of Chicago live and work within feet of a gangs operations. Gangs constitute an entire sector of Chicago's population, yet even the law enforcement organizations that watch them daily cannot precisely gauge the extent of their presence. This same furtiveness that now makes gang member numbers difficult to tally is what allowed the rapid development of gangs in their early years. In the 1970's, when street gangs were first forming, the gangs that are now Chicago's most powerful tried to cover their illegal activities and masquerade as social outreach organizations. The public, not yet wise to the machinations of gangsters, was fooled; many early gangs received major dollar grants from private foundations and the federal government, and were thus enabled to strengthen their gang recruitment and illegal activities, and to secrure their status as massive criminal organizations. These gangs are still Chicago's largest: Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings, Black P Stones, Vice Lords, Four Corner Hustlers, and the Maniac Latin Disciples.

In 2012 law enforcement became increasingly aware of the breadth and severity of the gang problem, but new obstacles stymie their fight against it. Over the past decade, there had been a marked change in gang structure. In a attempt to aid gentrification of squalid neighborhoods, the city tore down many of it's gang ridden housing projects (most notably the Robert Taylor Homes, which were completely demolished by 2007, and Cabrini Green by 2011) and forced project families to seek residence elsewhere, usually in areas with which they were unfamiliar. The relocations accelerated a cataclysm in the typical operations and inner-workings of street gangs within the city, which previously depended on a deck, consistent locations that members claimed as territory. After being forced out of the housing projects, the gangs attempted to establish themselves in new neighborhoods where, in many instances, rival gangs had long laid claim. If gang members wanted a new home, they had to fight for it. Officials believe this is what caused Chicago's homicide rate to sky-rocket.

These moves and the confusion of gangs turf have completely degraded gang structure as it was traditionally established. Originally, gangs relied on a hierarchy system to establish their hold on entire neighbrohoods. Most were organized as a pyramid, with a distinct leader at the top, a few directly below him, and the majority in low positions. This structured chain of command allowed gangs to be in control of large areas of the city. Now, after the massive relocations caused by the mass closing of public housing, accountability between gang leader and gang member has weakened. Street gangs, both large and small, have splintered into many more decks than before, each now with it's own distinct leader who controls no more than a few blocks or even just one intersection. These decks also adopt new titles to set their deck apart from other decks. A deck of Maniac Latin Disciples (MLD's) on Dickens & Mobile deck, for instance, calls itself the "Death Trap Pimps"; and another deck of MLD's on Grand & Harding calls itself "Grand City". These decks remained loyal, in name, to the MLD's, but they indepdendently of the Nation on their own particular intersection. The amount of decks is startling. The Chicago Police, for instance, has been able to identify over 200 decks of the Gangster Disciples (GD's) alone within the city limits, in effect making over 200 seperate gangs within the GD gang and growing. This splintering is a reality for every gang, no matter the size.

Large decks are further broken down into factions. For example, a deck that controls an eight-block radius will be broken down into eight different one block factions to complete the deck. Each faction will have it's own name and leader. In many instances, these factions will ally with factions from another Nation and form small completely independent hybrid gangs with combined power from multiple "father" decks from various Nations. All over the city of Chicago these new small hybrid gangs are popping up. The "Gun Heads", for instance, is a small hybrid independent gang made up of former members from decks of the Gangster Disciples, Black Disciples and Black P Stones. This new hybrid gang was created or "fathered" by decks of the bigger Nations to have joint-control of the area around 65th & 66th streets from Talman to California. These hybrid gangs combine lit and symbols and the surge of lower level power with the uprising of hybrid gangs has allowed juveniles, typically between the ages of 15 to 17, to gain authority in their neghborhoods, a phenomenon previously uncommon in the original system. Each new hybrid gang needs a leader, so there are more spots to be won; and since there are fewere members in these hybrid gangs than in the bigger decks of the major Nations, juveniles can rise through the curtailed ranks much more quickly. These hybrid gangs do not claim any alliance to the People or Folks nation (Bar none), and they only honor their father decks. Everybody else is considered an enemy or "Op" (short for opposition), even other decks that belong to the Nation of their father deck; leading to even more blood-shed. In few instances, these hybrid gangs have been known to turn on their father decks and become completely EBK (Everybody Killer). Money and Power are, more intensely, the reason that young men and women join and create these hybrid gangs. The current disorganization of gang structure reflects their base desire to seek positions of authority and Nations use their fellow gang members as means towards this end. This disordered hierarchy implicates juveniles, who are now increasing their criminal involvement and holding leadership positions within these hybrid gangs, and it makes the policing of gang activity progressively more complicated, since law enforcement cannot as easily cripple any major nation or gang from the top, down. Gangs have never honored outside authority, but they are now in a constant of their own extra-societal martial law.

Many midwest gang members can be found on TheHoodUp.com, which is a notorious virtual gathering-place for many other gangs as well. The reason many midwest and gang members from other regions choose to communicate with each other on TheHoodUp.com over other sites is because of the ability to remain completely anonymous if you want and avoid being tracked by the "internet-police" while being able to communicate with other gang members from around the world. TheHoodUp.com is also known to be frequented by local, state, and federal law enforcement so extra cautious members of the site have even created a unique method of communicating with each other called "starring", where they replace multiple letters in a word, often times already a code word for that particular set, with an asterisk(*) and only those who can fill in the blanks will know who or what they're talking about.