Totally public, totally underground.
On Friday, a new anti-Bloods song was posted to the Internet, with lyrics that essentially call for the deaths of Deontae Allen and Fred Watson to be avenged by killing any and every member of a Bloods-affiliated gang in Toledo.
The song, “No Lies,” as of Tuesday at 5:38 p.m., had 6,382 plays, 205 likes, and 59 comments.
*You can listen to the song here. Warning: the language may be offensive to some.
It's not entirely clear who is the artist behind the song.
This concept of diss songs is nothing new in the world of rap and hip-hop. It's not new in Toledo.
You wonder: Does another body hit the streets because another rap song was uploaded to the Web or do the gangs let it slide?
The song was, clearly, produced by someone from either a Crips or Folks gang – based on other social media posts, I'm thinking it's someone from a Southside set (mostly because they shout “I'm from the south!” in the song).
I say “clearly” produced by someone from a Crips or Folks set because of the numerous references to black and blue allegiances and the even more numerous mentions of killing Bloods/Slobs. Slobs, if you didn't know, is a term meant to be disrespectful toward Bloods.
The song in context:
Deontae Allen was shot and killed Oct. 18, 2012, when he was 19 years old.
The Toledo teen was running from his assailant when he was shot once in the torso, officials have said. Limmie Reynolds, III, 20, was also shot during the robbery.
Traquawn Gibson was convicted last year and is serving life in prison for Deontae's death and, in a somewhat-related incident, killing his girlfriend CreJonnia Bell (she knew too much, police said).
Deontae, according to friends and family, was not in a gang, but ran with people who were from southside gangs. His older brother, Quincy Allen, is a known gang member, police said.
Gibson is a Manor Boy, a Blood.
Fred Watson, 20, was sitting in a car at Avondale and Brown avenues when he was shot three times in his back on June 16, police said.
Watson was also a known gang member and Quincy Allen's best friend.
It's possible, police have said, that Fred was killed because Quincy allegedly shot and killed La'Quan Dunbar, a member of the Manor Boyz.
A tangled web.
No charges have been filed in Fred's death.
What I find to be interesting, interpreted from the song lyrics, is that whoever is behind the rap doesn't seen to know much, if anything, about who is responsible for killing Fred. The assumption is that it's someone from a Bloods gang.
“Was it the Stickney? Was it a Head? Was it the [expletive] on the East or was it Bagdad? Was it the [expletive] on the north who claiming Kent Head? I don't even give a [expletive] I want all of 'em dead.”
Each of the gangs there is a Blood Set: Stickney 33, Kent Head, Lil Head, W-B, Bagdad Boyz.
Stickney claims, you guessed it, an area centralized around Stickney Avenue in North Toledo.
Kent Head is a sort of subset of the Manor Boyz, around the Moody Manor and Kent Street off of Bancroft Street.
Lil Heads are based, primarily, in the Smith Park area near Dorr Street and Lawrence Avenue.
The east reference, my best guess is, W-B (Dub-b) or Weilier Boyz from the Weiler Homes.
The Bagdad Boyz is most puzzling to me because, as far as I can tell and from what I hear and see, they're pretty much out of the game or have been “absorbed” by other Blood sets in North Toledo. The gang suffered three big losses to its ranks in the past couple of years.
Hunter was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter, attempted murder, felonious assault, and aggravated robbery, each with gun specifications. He's serving a 32-year sentence.
Days after the Nov. 21, 2011, robbery, Daurin Patton shot and killed Veronica Serrano, 34, and her son, Timothy Blair, 14.
Patton, a Bagdad Boy, is serving two life sentences.
Police are aware of the song, but other than monitor and try to gather information, there isn't much that can be done at this point.
At least one comment on the song – again as of Tuesday evening – was posted by someone in a Bloods gang or with some allegiance to the Bloods.
“[Expletive] THE DKOUGHNUTS AND THE WHOLE SOUTH, SUWOO TO THE BLOODS,” the commenter wrote.
“Doughnuts” is considered to be a disrespectful term to describe Folks. The “DK” would mean “doughnut killer.”