How Do You Say Crip in Swahili?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

“There were 12 Crips in that Buick at one time or another,” he explained. Calling someone a crip is considered one of the most insulting and potentially dangerous ways to describe someone in gang circles, because it can justify fatal retaliation. Crips in prison have long used forms of black slang and African languages as code language to prevent non-black inmates or staff from understanding their conversations, and often teach these codes to members when they get out.

KUMI niqqaz and BGF niqqaz are the ones that most blood sets use in prison and in the streets. They’re also popular among some LA-based gang members, especially those in the 415 area code.

David Sunnyside
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