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Gangster Disciple Nation
In U.S.
Founded by Larry Hoover & David Barksdale
Years active late 1960s–present
Colors Blue, Black, Grey
Territory Nationwide
Ethnicity Mostly African American
Membership 40,000-55,000+ 20000 + in Chicago
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder
Allies Folk Nation, Crips, Zoe Pound Gang, Black Guerrilla Family, Black Mafia Family
Rivals People Nation, Black P. Stones, Almighty Vice Lord Nation, Bloods, R.O.C

The Gangster Disciple Nation is a gang which was formed on the South-side of Chicago in the late 1960s, by David Barksdale, leader of the Black Disciples, and Larry Hoover, leader of the Supreme Gangsters. The two groups united to form the Black Gangster Disciple Nation (BGDN).

The gang has made several attempts to legitimize their image. Some members dropped the "B" and began to call themselves GDs or Gangster Disciples. In the 1990s the Gangster Disciples entered into politics in the Chicago tradition of Black Panthers, Black Stone Rangers, Latin Kings, Vice Lords and Young Lords through the formation of the "Growth and Development" movement. Outside of Chicago some gangs will still go by the old name of BGD.

Gangster Disciples have been documented in the U.S. military, found in both U.S. and overseas bases. Graffiti characteristic of the Gangster Disciples has been reportedly seen in U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Symbols, signs and emblemsEdit

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Like most major gangs, Gangster Disciples use a well-defined system of symbols to communicate alliances and rivalries. This system is a combination of symbols that represent the Gangster Disciple Nation or the Folk Nation as a whole and symbols that rivals use to represent their organization, typically inverted to show disrespect. BGD is currently the largest gang in Chicago, IL.

Six pointed starEdit

The major symbol Gangster Disciples make use of is the six-pointed star (identical in appearance to the Star of David) The fact that this star is known as the Star of David pays homage to co-founder David Barksdale, and the six points are said to represent Love, Life, Loyalty, Understanding , Knowledge , Wisdom . Despite there being no ostensible references to the country of Israel or Jewish religion in most open source literature on the subject of Gangster Disciples, some rival Vice Lord members will at times refer to someone suspected of being an organizational infiltrator, mole, spy, supporter, or sympathizer as being "Jewish." There have been other indications clearly suggesting that many GD members internally have aligned themselves with pseudo-Judaism principles just as rival Vice Lords have aligned themselves with pseudo-Islamic principles which is even further evidenced by the Vice Lord Oath in which Vice lord members swear allegiance to Allah.

The second most well known symbol of the Gangster Disciples is the three pointed pitch fork, which is also the basis of their representative hand-sign. A pair of pitchforks may be seen in GD graffiti crossed behind a six pointed star, with the tines of the fork always placed in a vertical position. Since two forks with three tines each make a total of six, this again makes reference to the six-pointed star. The number six plays prominently into most GD symbols.


Gangster Disciple graffiti is also known to contain:

  • Heart with wings, each wing having 3 feathers (for a total of 6), typically placed around a six-pointed star. Can be used to represent love for lost members of the organization, or members who are incarcerated.
  • Inverted shepherd's cane. The cane is a symbol of the Chicago-based Vice Lords, a powerful faction in the People Nation and a top rival of the Gangster Disciples. The cane can be incorporated into the handle of crossed pitchforks, so that the upward facing half is a fork and the downward pointing half is a cane. This both represents the Gangster Disciple Nation and shows disrespect to the Vice Lords.
  • Inverted pyramid. The pyramid is a Peoples Nation symbol, especially for the Black P Stones.
  • Inverted cross, with hash marks between the bars. Symbol of the Latin Kings (gang).

Rappers and Rap GroupsEdit

Rappers (74/75)Edit

  • Michael Lil T Myers A.K.A Lil T (Rapper) (GD Folk From Northside New Jersey) (Base World 1300 Traffic Gnq)
  • Lil Devon (Chicago rapper)
  • Young Jeno (Chicago rapper)
  • Smoke Diggity (rapper)
  • GhostFolkz-Native American Gd From Southside Minneapolis

[[ 300k savi (RIP) (PDG GD Insain)

Folk Nation Anthem - 74 GD 6 star 4 life


hipwiki member of MOB, a set of the Gangster Disciples gang

HipWiki from the Killa Ward set

Rap GroupsEdit


  • [[List of Discography of the gang the Gangster Disciples


  • (150) Roc Block is a nickname adopted by the NLMB gang, after one of their members named 'Roc' was murdered. Roc Block specifically refers to the area on 79th and Essex in Chicago, Illinois. hipwiki (1300) Base World Traffic Gnq (Gnq Wittout Da A) Mixed Wit GD's, Bloods, BD's, & Crips


other sets that is not in hip-hopEdit

  • Vulture City Gangsta Disciples
  • East 7th Block Gangsta Disciples (East St. Paul, Mn)
  • 119 GD(Cleveland,Ohio)
  • Ghost City 417 hipwiki

Original sets from The Supreme Gangsters (16)Edit

The father/main branch of the gangster nation)

  • Imperial Gangsters
  • African Sniper Gangsters
  • Raven Gangsters
  • High Supreme Gangsters
  • Russian Gangsters
  • Maniac Gangsters
  • Mafia Gangsters
  • 75th Street Syndicate Gangsters
  • Outlaw Gangsters
  • 95th Street Supreme Gangsters
  • Dells Gangsters
  • West Side Supreme Gangsters
  • Racketeer Gangsters
  • East side Syndicate Gangsters
  • Gent town Gangsters
  • Black Pimp Gangsters of the West Side


  • Regent-Gangster Disciples Rank hipwiki

Dead membersEdit



See AlsoEdit

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