Category: West Coast

The Bay Area’s King Ant Got ‘Squeezed’, Took A Stand After ’89 BBQ Brawl & Second Oakland Drug War Ensued

A fist fight at a spring 1989 picnic and BBQ in Oakland, California spouted into a full-blown, two-and-a-half year street war for power in the Bay Area drug world, according to court records from the 1990s. While remnants of the infamous LDI Gang gathered to eat and socialize at Oakland’s Dimond Park in early May 1989,
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Bloody August By The Bay: Oakland (CA.) Drug Kingpin Felix Mitchell’s 69 Mob Declared War On ‘The Family’ In 1980 Summer Of Death

Six gangland murders in the Bay Area 37 years ago this summer set-off the first part of the notorious Oakland, California drug wars pitting wily west coast crime lord Felix (The Cat) Mitchell and his 69 Mob versus an upstart group known as The Family and led by R&B singer-turned-dope man Milton (Mickey Mo) Moore. Highlighting the
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The Rap World Murder Timeline: Breaking Down Hip Hop’s Top Hits Off The Charts

Being a rapper has proven a hazardous profession in some cases the past three decades. Dozens of violent slayings can be linked to the rap music industry since the groundbreaking genre gained mass popularity in the mid-to-late 1980s. Let’s take a look at the most significant homicides tied to rap artists over the last 30
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Real-To-Reel: The Mack Was Modeled After West Coast Black Godfather Frank Ward, Who Didn’t Survive To See Iconic Film Hit Screen

The classic Blaxploitation flick, The Mack, was loosely based on the life of the original Black Godfather of Oakland, California, Frank Ward, slain in the weeks after principal photography on the movie wrapped in 1973. The Mack’s lead character, John “Goldie” Mickens, portrayed by Max Julien, rises to become the biggest pimp in the Bay
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