Similar to South Central, Los Angeles, gangs in Chicago are more than just a teenage fad. The gang ties are cultural and passed down through generations. In a city such as Chicago, it’s not uncommon for youth to have uncles, older cousins and even grand parents who are or were once affiliated with a gang.

But unlike years past, many older gang members believe that gang violence has increased in Chicago because of undisciplined youth who are now running the gangs.

Chief Keef’s recent tribulations have shed light on the youth violence in Chicago and the gang he’s reportedly affiliated with, the Black Disciples.

To get a better understanding of the Black Disciples, we have provided a list of 10 things to know about the infamous gang and its foundation.

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