So I leave it there. His real life encapsulates what Hip-Hop imagery is all about. I owe it to him to not only complete it, but to continue to give him a voice. To quote Pac, 'I didn't choose the thug life, the thug life chose me. By 18, he was in and out of courts, juvenile halls, and eventually prisons.
It is an honest and very real question… I didn't like the feelings I got when reading the story because of the identification I had with some of the events that took place. This indeed is an excellent and disturbing look at the gang life, which is nothing but a violence after violence. Through Williams' tutelage, Scott earned an appreciation for the power and authority of gang life. There is no conspiracy here, just ignorant, racist minds at work. Shakur, who dropped out of high school, began to educate himself in prison. Over the next twelve years of his life, Monster continued to gangbang, although less drastically then before, as he slowly but surely began to shift his thinking towards black pride, unity and nationalism through the teachings of Islam.
Why no one in the family mess with you? He even says he doesn't want anything do to with the spiritual aspect of the religion; instead, he focuses on the readings of Malcolm X and other extremists. Formed in the 1980s, the Gage Maravilla spawned two different cliques, the Maravilla Rifa older generation and Gage Boys younger generation. By the late 80's, Scott was back into gang life and, in 1991, he was arrested and imprisoned yet again, this time for assault and grand theft auto. Why your body look like that? Shakur seems to fall easy prey to brainwashing and propaganda without questioning information quite easily. At the end of June, 1991, in the Riverside County Courthouse, Judge Edward Webster sentenced Kody Scott to seven years in prison—as agreed in the plea bargain. I know, that especially in the 1970's, racism I picked this book up because of the hype generated by my students.
This is the beginning that leads Kody eventually toward his freedom. It was where he ultimately became a member of the Eight Trays Crips gang. He decides he cannot be a good father to his daughter if he is a part of any gang activity at all. Monsta Kody fully embraced the gangbanger lifestyle from an early age, committing his first homocide at the age of 11. Scott chronicled his life as a child and young adult growing up in Los Angeles as an Eight-Tray Crips gang member in the book Monster: The Autobiography of an L. During his early days of being in the gang, he left a man in a coma and disfigured. This event, as well as participating in Leon Bing's book Do Or Die, inspired Kody to write his book.
Kevin and Kim stayed behind with their grandparents, and Birdie moved to Los Angeles. The main character, Monster Kody Scott the author , is telling his young life as a gang member. You wonder how he can admit to so many killings with minimal concern for being arrested for them. I have felt completely free and have sat in total solitary confinement in San Quentin state prison. Monster was an Eight Tray Gangster, he went on to become an O. There were also moments where the book just flew by and I found myself getting involved with the characters, starting to feel like maybe I was understanding some of the allure that the Bloods or the Crips might have had for a young person.
He doesn't seem to be a follower into things that don't seem right to him. He had converted to Islam, changed his name to Sanyika Shakur, joined a black-separatist movement called the New Afrikan Independence Movement, and renounced gang membership for revolution. In the book he lovingly describes how he shot at least a dozen rivals, most or all of them black, killing more than a few. This was a communicated theme in Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy and is stated in this book. He comes across as a cold-blooded killer. It gives a clear and vivid portrait of the dangers and frightening problems that are happening in our poor areas.
When Kevin and Kim came from Texas to live with her, Birdie had six children, a German shepherd, a Persian cat, and a cockatoo—all in a two-bedroom house. To be in a gang in South Central when I joined- and it is still the case today- is the equivalent of growing up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and going to college: everyone does it. He was sentenced to six years in state prison and was released in August 2012. Why you tell on Big Goofy? Edgemont was rife with gangs and drugs, and that's where Monster Kody beat up Roderick Saunders on the night of January 27, 1991. Before this incident and the gang war that resulted from it, the Eight Trays and the Rollin 60s were close allies, even participating in fights and shootings together against the Bloods.
In 1991 William Broyles Jr. Tamu, my first wife was there when he called the police. I have yet to join a gand, hehe, but this seems like a good portrayal of what the life would be like. Violence is met with violence. Why you aint never been to prison? While in prison yet again, he developed a drug addiction and lost his marriage.