Two of Chicago’s most revered figures in its horrific gunland culture are using their names in efforts to get the active gang members to ensemble a cease-fire. Larry Hoover and Abdul Malik Kabah, co-founders of the Gangster Disciples and Black P. Stones, respectively, are speaking out in the wake of Tyshawn Lee’s wake and funeral, ABC7 reports.
Hoover, 64, is currently serving six life sentences at the ADX Florence supermax prison in Florence, Colorado for a myriad of conspiracy and criminalistic enterprises and his name still rings out in the streets nearly 20 years after his incarceration. In 2010, rapper Rick Ross made him the choral subject on his hit record, “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” (a titular ode to another street syndicate; Detroit’s Black Mafia Family), prompting him to get into the crosshairs of the Gangster Disicples, resulting in a close call.
Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush made the trek to ADX to seek out both Hoover and Kabah (formerly known as Larry Fort) to get their take on the murder of the 9-year-old boy whose death has made national headlines and they were both “appalled.”
“Right now, as I see it, [Hoover and Kabah] part of the solution, not part of the problem,” he told ABC7, as he was representing his reverend ministry. “Jeff/Malik and Larry said, ‘Use my name. Tell those youngsters to stop the killing.'”
“They didn’t ask me to move mountains or to use any kind of clout to help them,” Rush said of the former gangster’s current predicament of being stuck in a cell for 23 hours of the day.
Youngsters should take heed to the words used by the figureheads they so much hold in high regard. As for little Tyshawn Lee, he won’t get that chance as he was laid to rest yesterday, November 9, at the Haven of Rest Missionary Baptist Church.