Larry Hoover

Larry Hoover

Larry Hoover

Larry Hoover

In the early 1990s, an FBI agent discovered a former grocery store clerk and notorious killer's humanity. The life imitates art story about the converted ex-con turned preacher is now a movie (due to be released on September 18, 2019).


In 1974, after the leader of the Black Disciples, David Barksdale, died from kidney failure by an injury due to an earlier shooting, Hoover took the reins of the Black Gangster Disciples Nation while under his wing, which now had control of Chicago's South Side. Under Hoover's rule, the Black Gangster Disciples took over the South Side drug trade. While incarcerated, Hoover helped form the Folks Nation, which added other gangs such as: Black Disciples, Satan Disciples, Ambrose, Two-Two Boys, Gangster Two-Six, Simon City Royals, North Side Insane Popes, La Raza Nation, Spanish Cobras, Imperial Gangsters, Maniac Latin Disciples, Harrison Gents, Spanish Gangster Disciples and Latin Eagles. In 1989, The Black Gangster Disciples started to go against their own merger and ally, the Black Disciples, over a drug-dealing dispute in the neighborhood of Englewood, Chicago, that escalated into a shooting that killed several people. This infuriated members of BGDs and resulted in them changing their name into the "Gangster Disciples." While Hoover was incarcerated, he ran the gang's illicit drug trade both in prison and on the streets, starting from Chicago's West Side and later extending throughout the United States. By early 1993, Hoover claimed to have renounced his violent criminal past and became an urban political celebrity in Chicago. The Gangster Disciples earned fans in the community with charity events and peaceful protests. Hoover proclaimed that the initials GD had changed to mean "Growth & Development." A lengthy federal investigation using wiretaps led to Hoover getting another life sentence in 1995. Prosecutors alleged that Hoover's gang had 30,000 "soldiers" in 35 states and made $100 million a year.

The rappers have been engaged in a feud for years — a conflict that escalated after both artists dropped new albums in September. In a statement about the one-night concert, Ye noted that the show will “prove to people everywhere how much more we can accomplish when we lay our pride aside and come together.” (Source: www.latimes.com)


is an American gang leader, co-founder of the Chicago street gang Gangster Disciples. Hoover is serving six life sentences at the ADX Florence prison in Florence, Colorado. He was sentenced to 150–200 years for a 1973 murder and in 1997, after a 17-year investigation of conspiracy, extortion, money laundering, and running a continuing criminal enterprise for leading the gang from state prison, he received a life sentence.

The L.A. Coliseum’s event page says the “historic” concert will “raise awareness and support for Larry Hoover and the cause of prison and sentencing reform.” The Gangster Disciples co-founder was found guilty of murder, conspiracy, extortion, and money laundering, amid other charges, back in 1997 and is currently serving six life sentences. He has since renounced his association with the Chicago street gang. (Source: pitchfork.com)


On one of the demo versions of his track "Hurricane", which was slated to appear on his scrapped project Yandhi, Kanye West suggested calling his wife, Kim Kardashian, to help release Hoover, following Kardashian's success on working with President Trump to free a number of federal prisoners.

According to Page Six, Hoover, 70, is serving six life sentences for ordering the 1973 murder of a 19-year-old drug dealer. The Gangster Disciples co-founder would later run a drug ring from prison that earned a shocking $100 million per year. Freeing Hoover was one of the topics that Kanye discussed during his meeting with former President Trump in 2018. (Source: www.foxnews.com)



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