January 27, 2021 – Gangster Disciples boss Larry (The Chief) Hoover dispatched the GD’s H.A.T.E Committee enforcement wing to extort Miami rapper Rick Ross in 2012, according to DEA records and federal court documents. Per DEA informants, Hoover and GD brass around the country were offended by Ross (real name William Roberts) claiming GD affiliation and leveraging Hoover’s name in his lyrics for his own credibility in the rap game.
H.A.T.E Committee crew leader Donnie (Smurf) Glass, 30, was sentenced to life in prison this week. Smurf Glass was part of a 2016 bust that put away GDs from Memphis, Birmingham and Atlanta. The H.A.T.E Committee was founded in 2010 out of Decatur, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, and created by GD’s in the American south to handle the most high-priority hits and muscle jobs.
Ross, 44, is a titan of the hip-hop world, a self-made mogul who went from prison guard to best-selling rapper and music industry power. His well-crafted rap persona co-opts the images and reputations of a series of real-life historic drug bosses. The stage name Rick Ross is a reference to legendary L.A. drug lord Rick (Freeway Ricky) Ross, a crack kingpin who slang his drugs from a house located underneath the Harbor Freeway (I-110).
The 70-year old Hoover runs GD Nation from his prison cell in Florence, Colorado, the SUPERMAX facility that houses the country’s most dangerous criminals. The Gangster Disciples are headquartered out of Hoover’s hometown of Chicago, but has satellite crews spread across the country and a rank-and-file membership numbering close to 30,000.
Rick Ross released the song “Blowing Money Fast,” in 2010 on the album Teflon Dom. The chorus of the song proclaims “I think I’m Big Meech, Larry Hoover,” referencing the Gangster Disciples Godfather and Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory, the notorious Black Mafia Family boss frequently name-dropped in rap lyrics.
Hoover was bothered by the name-check and the fact that Rick Ross was glomming on to the GD Nation brand without permission, per DEA informants and decided to send the H.A.T.E Committee to see him in South Florida and explain to him the situation. Word of the assignment reached Smurf Glass in Georgia via an intermediary from Chicago, according to an internal DEA office memo.
On evening of November 17, 2012, Smurf Glass and other “Down South” GDs, Shauntay (Shake & Bake) Craig, Alonzo (Spike) Walton and Kevin (K.K.) Clayton approached Rick Ross at The Loews Hotel in Miami Beach, according to DEA records, and demanded tribute cash if he was going to continue to boast of connections to GD Nation and threatened physical harm if he didn’t comply. It’s unclear whether Ross coughed up any cash to the GDs or not.
Craig, 42, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for drugs, racketeering and murder last week in federal court out of Atlanta on the same case that nailed Smurf Glass. Craig and Walton were GD regional bosses of Alabama and Georgia, respectively. Clayton was a co-founder of the H.A.T.E. Committee and a GD enforcer.