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.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • Duende Brooks

    what pissed me off the government stop a positive movement, they blamed it on drugs but they didn’t want to see black men in that political office trying to things for the best. Now these gangs got poor leadership and people shooting and dying.

    • I Didn’t Do It

      Dont forget the destroying the high rise buildings and spreading all the gangs.

      • Dudeguy64

        that had to be done because the gardens were a dangerous war-zone. but then, you’re right; it made it worse because then violence in key locations around certain areas of Chicago got spread out all over the east west and south side of the city.

        • Mr me

          You mean the Cabrini greens the place they filmed the show “good times” DYNOMITE