The Southside Kings are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-gender street gang for those with a criminal intent and a desire to be part of something bigger than themselves; a desire to be part of a Family who will always be loyal and have their backs. Anyone with a desire to strengthen the Kings, be absolutely loyal and always have their brothers’ and sisters’ backs is welcome into the gang with open arms, as long as they are willing to be ‘jumped in’. Getting jumped in means withstanding a 30 second head-to-toe beating from other gang members without fighting back, to demonstrate their willingness to sacrifice and bleed for the Kings. It’s largely symbolic but if one is willing to endure this, they’ll prove to be devoted and faithful Kings.
In addition to getting jumped in, other acts of loyalty might be asked of a prospective member such as beating a rival gang member, doing a drive-by, committing a specific theft or crime or covering for a King that has committed a crime and is being convicted for it. It’s not at all unusual for younger members to take the fall and do time for crimes committed by higher ups in the Kings. Taking the rap for another King instantly raises one’s status. It’s a fast way to make your way up the ranks of the gang, though there are many other ways of doing this.
Membership with the Kings means holding status with a notorious, powerful street gang that will always be there for its members. It often means dangerous, illegal, high-stakes work, but the pay-off is great. Southside Kings never want for money or drugs. They’re always well taken care of.
Status is earned and lost in a number of ways within the gang and always done by a vote of the membership. A member’s level of status dictates their number of votes.
You can work toward raising your status a number of ways with the Southside Kings, including setting up, planning, organising and executing criminal activity for the Kings. Carrying out tasks related to your area of expertise, be that a collector, enforcer, soldier, bookkeeper, etc. Proactively recruiting. Actively participating in territory acquisition. Strategic planning. Hosting a +hangout for Kings to gather in and store drugs and/or stolen goods in. Participation in the Kings’ massive opiate import operation from the cartels in Colombia. And any number of other invaluable services one can provide for the Kings.
A member’s status might be lowered for failure to back up his King brothers and sisters. Failure to remain loyal. Defiant acts of treachery. Disobeying orders from higher status members. Turning states’ evidence or snitching in any manner. Failure to vote on status matters for other members. A general lack of participation in Kings’ and criminal activities, etc.
Once a King, Always a King
Violations are punishments doled out by the high ranking Southside Kings leadership in order to keep the gang running smoothly and keep discipline within the ranks. A violation can consist of a restrained beating by several member on the offender or it can be a full on beating lasting several minutes where all punches are acceptable. The only way to leave the Kings is to be jumped out, and there really is no guarantee a member will live through that. If they do they certainly will never be protected by the Kings again.
Origins and History
In the 1960s, as racial tensions began to rise in Fallcoast, a group of young black men banded together on the south side of Pigeon Hill and formed a group called the Kings as a means of group protection, support, acceptance and family. They were easily distinguishable by their style of dress and investment in their community which was crumbling and deteriorating from poverty, bad economy, the destruction of family support, lack of education and lack of good jobs.
They maintained territory that eventually spanned the entirety of their ‘hood, and sought to protect it and their holdings from racist thugs. The Kings had also now developed their own unique trademarks: a ‘K’ hand sign, and the colors of purple and gold.
As the 60s rolled into the 70s the Kings’ crime was mostly focused on local stuff; burglary, robbery and assault and battery (mostly on rival gangs/racists). Members began to branch out into selling marijuana, LSD, PCP. All in all though, they were a small player in the organized crime arena up until the early 80s.
1983 was a prime year for the Kings - the gang name was changed to ‘Southside Kings’ to rep their ‘hood as other gangs tried to move in on it. They discovered crack from other areas of the state and New York and began to deal it on Fallcoast corners more aggressively. Crack was a real money maker for the gang, and the Kings started to roll in serious cash from this point forward.
By the 90s the Southside Kings had grown to over one hundred members.They began to pick away at the edges of the local Mafia family as they saw the Scaccia’s two decade reign of power slowly deteriorate. The Kings began to take a block here and there, slowly taking away cocaine trafficking, slowly trying to edge their way in.
Lately, the Kings have seen a new rise to power as they eke out new territories in Fallcoast beyond Pigeon Hill, while the Mafia family is trying to rebuild. The Kings now deal heavily in narcotics through the Colombian cartels, supplementing with identity and credit theft, fencing, car theft and resale, etc.
In 1995 they began allowing female members who could pass the same rites as a male - this has still only allowed perhaps fifteen females in total in the whole gang. Starting in 1997 they began to allow all races in an attempt to bolster their ranks; the gang itself is multicultural now.
The Kings control the ten block by ten block area around the southwest side of Pigeon Hill in totality as well as East End - Hanging Hills. Moosetown is currently in contention. Low income housing and general distrust of law enforcement helps members ride somewhat under the radar. Still, it’s not uncommon for OGs and even the young gang members to have long rap sheets with the local police; often they are stopped and frisked, photos are taken to document tattoos and colors, etc. The Southside Kings are always being watched.
Colors: Purple & Gold Clothes: Usually something with the dark SK purple, though it can draw cop attention Tattoo: The initials "SK" in purple with a gold crown. Hand Sign: Single right hand sign with thumb, forefinger and birdy spread for the K and and pinky and ring tucked and crossed for the S
Totally looking for new (and old!) blood. Talk to Kilo or any Southside King if interested.