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  • Владата Име: Al-Tariq Gumbs
  • Регистрирај се Број: 05674-078
  • Возраст:37
  • Време служев:13+ години
  • Роден град:Њуарк, NJ
  • Реченица:168 месеци
  • Тековната задолжен:Racketeering (РИКО), Заговор
  • Алијас:King Sankofa (Formerly known as Killer Reek)
  • Датум на издавање:2022
  • Затвор Припадност:Крв (Обод)
  • Круг на влијание:Emmanuel Jones, Лестер Alford, Omar Остин, Tewhan Батлер
  • Институција:FCI Memphis
  • I would like to show you the real me.

A Letter to the Lil Brim Homies


This letter is to my lil Brim homies and homegirls.

This is your big brother King Sankofa. I’m writing this from a federal prison complex in Memphis, Tennessee. I was sentenced to 14-years for the hood and being who I used to be. I would like to speak to y’all about a few things. I know it’s a lot of young homies out there who don’t know me but have undying love and respect for me because of what I put down back then. Сега, I want to give y’all a history lesson and let y’all know where my mind is at. I’m placing this on Во живо од Заклучување because this blog is for men like me to be able to get their voices out there and help fix a lot of the things that are going on. My take on things is in order to fix the present we must first start with the past and go from there because there is no future if there is no past. So I ask that you bear with me. I promise to get to the point in this letter because these Tru-Links [prison email] cost money. lol

A history lesson.

Назад во 1999 I was a 21-year-old man facing double-life in prison for crimes that I was accused of but didn’t do. I stand on that because people still seem to think I made my name off of those cases and that is only half of the truth. Види, what y’all have to understand is that people will believe whatever lie you tell them as long as it doesn’t affect them. Да, I lived in those streets like a bum who lost his home. Да, I was bad as a motherfucker and didn’t take any shit from anyone. But the one thing I stood on was accepting my role in anything that I did. Never once did I pass blame. While facing these charges I turned Blood and took the meaning of the letters B-L-O-O-D to heart. Those letters meant a lot to me because after hearing Khalid Muhammad speak at New York University (NYU), I knew that brotherly love would override oppression. Even though I was a little knucklehead, I still started to love my people more than ever before. I took to the Bloods with all heart and loyalty. Never once did I leave a man behind. Never once did I try to overstep myself and become some type of gangland boss. I never wanted that and still don’t. As time went on, I started to see that the love was only hidden in the hearts of many and showed in the actions of a few. It was nothing because I knew and understood that our people will always be our worst enemy. It was no different with the Bloods. I would love to sit here and say Brim is better than Sex Money Murder, or the Bloods is better than the Crips, Гангстер Ученици, Латинска кралевите, or any other gang or organization, but in reality we all are the same in our thinking. If we have the same thinking then we have the same actions. Do you ever wonder why a Crip loves being a Crip, or any other gangster loves being who they are? It’s because they believe in what they were taught about that family, gang or organization to the point they are willing to kill and die for it. I was one of those guys. This is why my name has risen to the place it is today. I went so hard trying to put it down for the Bloods and my set that I didn’t catch the fact that I was living a hypocritical life. And the one thing I hated being was a man who seemed like he was a liar or faking it, so I tried to make myself think that what I was doing was right. I tried to teach the young sistas and brothers who came in contact with me the real way of Blood and loving who you are. My little sista Ashanti, who was the youngest Brimette, беше 13 when she came to me on Woodland Ave and 11 Street back in 2001, and I remember telling her that this wasn’t for her because tomorrow she could be dead and all I could do is tell her parents I would pay for the funeral. Her answer to me was that she didn’t have a family and wanted to be with one that loved her and made sure she was ok. I asked her where were her parents. She said they lived around the corner on 10th Street. I was like why do you say you don’t have a family when they are right there? Her answer was they didn’t understand her pain and she wanted to be around people who understood her. I sat there and looked at this little lady who was only like 5’2 and a tomboy. In my mind I knew she was going to join this shit regardless of whatever I said. If it was not me, it would have been someone else. And I knew that in my heart she would be better off with me because I was going to make sure she was ok by any means. So I put her with my big sista Jelly and we watched her. One day she wanted to run away and I told her she had to go home because even though we were her family, her mother and father was her true family, and they would miss her and she needed to go home and respect their house. I held her while she cried and said she didn’t want to go back home. I knew it was the right thing for her to go home because there wasn’t anything in these streets but heartache and pain. I sent her home. This is why I have the love I have because I understand y’all pain because I was you. My mother wasn’t there when I truly needed a mother. My father didn’t get at me until I was about 10 или 11. I was a lost soul, and I took my pain out on them streets.

Да, I was bad as a motherfucker and didn’t take any shit from anyone.

Now my lil homies sit and listen to all of these stories about how I did this and that, but y’all never hear the good stories on how I made sure my neighborhood was safe– no stolen cars or shootouts out there. If you think I’m lying, go to the land and speak to the people who were there. I helped fix my neighborhood, but I’m continuously blamed for destroying it. But I understand because at that time I wasn’t able to make my own way and be a true leader. At that time I was trying to be a man with a young man’s understanding of life. I’m telling y’all this because I want y’all to understand that yes, at times, it was fun and the love was real, but now things have changed. Y’all are being taught by guys who truly don’t care about anything but themselves. Any real homie wouldn’t want you out there on that nonsense. If you want to hold your brother or sista down that just got killed, how about going to see their family and making sure their family is good? You don’t have to go kill anyone. People think since my change of heart I have gone soft and left y’all out there to fend for yourselves but that’s not true. I’m trying to show y’all the true growth that has become me, your big brother.

Y’all are being taught by guys who truly don’t care about anything but themselves.

Unlike before I have the strength to say enough is enough. I have become a better man, and I want to see y’all do good. I gave the Bloods my word that I would do what it takes to show that love. This is what I am doing. In order for me to show you that I love you, I must do things for you that help you not hurt you.

Telling you to be a gang-banger isn’t going to help you.

Telling you to put in work for the hood isn’t going to help you.

Telling you to lie, cheat and steal from your family isn’t going to help you.

Telling you to turn your back on your true interests, passion and purpose in life isn’t going to help you.

How could a person say they love you and everything they do and say puts you in harm’s way? How is that love?

My job as your big brother is to give you life-lessons and make sure your eyes and ears are open. My job is not to dictate your life. If you want to live a life where you can’t even trust your own kind, потоа, by all means, do what you must. I’m not sitting here saying don’t love what you love. I’m saying there is a better way to show that love. You don’t have to show it by promoting hate and then profess to have love for the same thing that you are destroying.

How can a gang member tell people how to keep their kids away from gangs?

The purpose of my letter to you and anyone like you is to try and show you that life is something worth living, and anyone who tries to make you do things that will end your life is not your brother or sista. Период. I don’t care who they are or what they are saying. When I first wrote the book titled How to Keep Your Kids Away from Gangs in solitary confinement in the Management Control Unit (MCU) of New Jersey [Трентон] State Prison, my peoples asked me how can a gang member tell people how to keep their kids away from gangs? My answer was who else is going to tell them? Then he countered, but you’re still in the gang. I said well it’s not about me. It’s about saving the ones who still have a chance to fix their lives before it gets worse and they feel like it’s too late. I would be a piece of shit to want someone to come join me in the misery of prison. People say I’m friendly. I say I’m real. It’s too much hate out there, and it takes too much energy to hate. I already feel like I’m 60-years-old.

Learn from my mistakes.

I want to show that there’s still some real ones left. We haven’t been broken and turned people into the government, but still we have tried to help. People will call it disloyalty because you want change, but remember, misery loves company. It’s up to you to accept the invitation. Збор. So with that my lil brothers and sistas I stand before you as your big brother who has seen the holes in the wall, shoe prints on his back and the knife sticking out of his chest. I have felt the blows, and through all that pain I looked back and saw that, if not all, most of it came from those I considered loved ones who came through these hard streets with me. The love I know exists is the only reason I still fight for y’all. Another person would have given up by now, but I’m not them and this isn’t it. So I ask that y’all learn from my mistakes and love life. На возраст од 37 I have yet to travel outside of my state except on a plane with a U.S. Marshall. Trust me when I tell you that you don’t want to wake up and see that you are an old man or woman and your life has passed you by. Но, повторно, if you still don’t get it, then by all means put your hand over the fire and tell me if it burns.

Another person would have given up by now, but I’m not them and this isn’t it.

Regardless of how tough or loyal you are, these streets don’t care about none of that and the government don’t care about none of that. Death is death. Life in prison is life in prison. So I ask that you understand that your life is yours to dictate, not mine or anyone else other than you. I ask that you listen to the voice in your head telling you to chill out. Find something else to do with your life before you look up and a bullet hits you or those cuffs go on. By then you can’t say you are sorry or seek some type of forgiveness. Forgiveness is only a word in the Bible. In the streets and the criminal justice system forgiveness is used to manipulate us into thinking it relates to us coming from that lifestyle. The government or your rival has no understanding of forgiveness when they catch you trying to be a tough gang-banger. I only hope these words reach you and help you.

Even I had to kill Killa Reek in order for me to live.

Peace and I wish like hell you decide that your life is truly your own and you live it to the best of your ability.

I love y’all. I’m here for you and because of you, so use me to help you.

King Sankofa– born out of the fire and with the wings of an angel.



29 responses to “A Letter to the Lil Brim Homies”

  1. sassy says:

    – ???? R.I.P Ant aka Live Yo I Sware I Wish My Boy Was Alive Just To Receive This Message ? It’s Beyond Sad How These Young Men & Women Are Not Even Seeing The Age 25 They Are Dying Younger & Younger. We Are Supposed To Be Burrying Our Grandparents EctInstead They’re Burrying UsI Can’t Even Imagine That Pain. With These Young Niggas Out Here Feeling Like They’reLike That” Или “About That LifeKilling & Dying For No Reason ? In My Eyes That Don’t Make Yu A SOMEBODY It Makes Yu A COWARD. These Babies Gotta Grow Up Without Their Fathers & Honestly For What ? How Do Us Mother’s Answer Them Questions When Them Kids Want To Knowwhere’s daddy & why someone would take his lifesmh we gotta do better !!! I pray these people take in the message(на) you send out here i sware it’s needed ?? #FREEYOU

  2. GlockBrim? says:

    Real Shit Man Free u Broski, Till they say it Backwards ???

  3. Idris Michael says:

    Is There Anyway I can Contact him ?

  4. Makaveli Da-Don says:

    You know who this is lil bro, we was there from day one I remember you came from Bordentown to Rahway then to Northern State, I know who you are and what you put down cause we did it together even though we were left and right we caught the same fight it took me 24 years to get out of prison and when I got out the streets was done, nigga was done, the hoods was just that HOODS, empty with no love or understanding of what it is that we really do. Велам дека ќе го кажам ова, im gonna always support the truth and you are the truth but remember Makaveli Da-Don is the truth also we are Newark Nj. Keep doing what you doing. Ima scream at jelly tonight…….

    • David Bucc says:

      Мак ВАТИ groovin голем Бро. This Bucc groove from eastwick but currently residing in south Florida screaming at u. I never got the opportunity to meet you face to face but we still family. Our comrade 50 from Newark under sponsorship of daddy blue (smiles) turned my lights on in 2006 down Annandale. From there I was bordentown yardsville southern state ( same time u was there in 2009 I was on compound b) and maxed out from southwoods. After my bid I moved to Florida with my babymom who was carrying my seed and I haven’t been bak to NJ yet. I was in contact with a few comrades ( trip from e.o. And mostly gooch boys) but haven’t been able to communicate with any family in a while. Anyways just wanted to send all my respect and love to u big bro. Scream at me by email at DJB82785@gmail.com we got love ones down here in Florida too but it’s a lot of offbrand shit that ain’t left calling themselves grooves. I got other shit to say but not on here. Pretty much wanna get in contact with you so I can reconnect with family. Real family and maybe straighten out some of the confusions I have down here with so called comrades. Rip cartoon groove. Rip problem. Two out of the five brothers that shot me my first 3 passed on.

  5. Romans 1: 16 Spahle says:

    I pray this message reaches you in good health mentally, духовно ,& физички … Bro this letter so blessed my soul to know you want to help to show there is a better way them gang-bangingGOD is doing great things and will continue so don’t stop what you are doingI’m with you 1,000 persent Bro so keep up the GOD work

  6. ToneDaVillian says:

    Free Da Homie #GANGSTA I aint brim but this definitely is the rruth for every hola

  7. Miseka says:

    Jelly aka Miss 2banga,,,, I wish I could find her!

  8. Chris says:

    Brother I just wanna say thank you from the bottom of my heart! This was over do,well needed,pray for begged for,sort after and heartfelt! The growth that this letter shows is just beautiful. I can’t say I know you, but we’ve met in passing(10-11 old county 2000).I watched the gangs spread like wildfires,and ultimately became part of the destruction of our communities! This gesture alone shows your remorse,and acceptance for what you done personally and what was done by those who claim what they’ve done was on your behalf. Stay up and rememberThey cam lock your body but please don’t let’m lock your mind! Whatever I can do yo support your movement, раст, and changeI’m with it! I guess you already knew that you’re the last of a dying breed! Let us be the spark to the change we wish to see!

  9. harry jean baptiste says:

    I know exactly what your feel.I use to be out there,Since I was deported in 98I have been living well.t
    Well.The united states was a sickness for me.

  10. Big Homie Cool L says:

    Nice letter Big Bro, but the truth is that most people that need to read your letter just don’t read. Plain and simple. yo might want to put it in a song then they will listen

  11. Memo says:

    -(MEMO BRIM)

  12. snapback Brim says:

    This just touched my heart and soul in so many ways the stupede of are brothers and sisters in these streets is ass backwards and it’s a dog eat dog world and this day and time we have no real men bka big bras to show us the real truth and knowledge of what we stand for I lost countless homies I lost countless friends brothers ect to the violence of the streets I want a change I want to stand for the good of the hood and not for the down fall I have a son that looks up to me and he already is mesmerizing the gang mentality at 4yrs of age and I put all the blame on my self I don’t want to burry my son because of my mistakes wish there was a way I could contact you via letter to learn more because as I stand a man I’m still ignorant minded thank you from the bottom of my heart your words had me drop a tear and can’t remember the last time I she’d one if possible send your info and what ever it is that needs to be done I’m here for you send me a address because I’m down for the cause sinserly snapback Brim Roy mckissic one love keep your head high love you

  13. Mek Balla says:

    This is Real. This is what we supposed to be.

    Brim love to all the hat homies out there ??❤️✊?

  14. fred gillette says:

    God bless u at what u do brother keep talking to the youngings they have absolutely no idea what they’re doing or where they may end up by the time they realize it it just may be too late

  15. Terry Black says:

    Just smhJust pure ignorance

  16. luis camacho says:

    my big homie tell me to not be in a gang or sell drugs or smoke it or get money be something in life and be a better man when i grow up yes he say to me the people think the thugs and gang members are bad but they not the just not want us to do what they was nothing thans for him i now why he say that to me r.i.p lalo

  17. chris says:

    brim love shoot to kill hat

  18. KEVIN KARTER says:

    Bro thats a real message u left there. I feel the same way bro.. I respect it coming from another brother who helped pave the way for this thing we love. Yet ya message also exudes with remorse u have for ya past actions. Not that u regret ya past moreless that u have learned from ya past and that is called simple maturity
    Again i stand up and salute u for ya actions and representing BLOOD in its realest form

  19. Sexy says:

    I think God for a person like u. That message brought tears to my eyes I pray and hope anyone out there that living the life of gang bangers I pray u take heed. People is out here killing there own people. I will never understand that. But I still pray 4 them also. I pray God continue to bless u.

  20. Cherry says:

    This was so deep had me in tears

  21. Leroy boyd says:

    Damn my nigga it has been a long time since we seen each other however I was blessed to have spoke to you a few weeks ago. And just as your letter to the young homies you was talking tobgt my mind right sht.I must say that I am proud of you bcuz we came a long way and I go bk to jamesburg you was a leader even when we was kids.now that we are adulds u still display that same energy.and I’m proud to say that your my big brotherlove you bro keep this positive energy coming from under that Hat

  22. Lakeasha G. says:

    I m from an area where they have took being in a gang to a hold different level and when I saw the change I started saying some of these same words. That whoever is bringing these new members in are teaching them wrong. Respect and loyalty had gone out the window, so I encourage you to stay on the straight and narrow and continue to share your story and speak the TRUTH. I usually don’t share stuff like this but maybe with a lot of sharing and people take the time to read it will reach our youth. I pray for you and your family. Peace and blessings.

  23. Robert Gilmore says:

    We need more of u Reek

  24. Jbug says:

    Обиди се со добивање на образованието,, stiop снимање едни на други. You all talk like you’re in love but you can’t be the way you gun each other down. There’s a big world and there is plenty of opportunity if you get your heads out of your asses.
    You make the bed that you lay in. It’s up to you. Don’t blame anyone else.

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