Saturday, January 14, 2006

Gangster Who Invented "West Side" Hand Signal Rolling Repeatedly in Grave


Throw up the W
Originally uploaded by Jorge Ragtime.
It started as a brilliantly concocted method to represent one's neighborhood, but after its discovery by white people, the "W has devolved into a hand signal just about as bullshit as the "hang loose" sign.

The late Baby-T, a former gangbanger with the Grape Street Crips in Compton, is generally credited with the signal's first use. Baby-T intended to display that his turf was west of the neighorhood Special K, but it's use quickly spread and new meanings formed. It hit the mainstream when popular rap artist Tupac Shakur intentionally broke both hands to disfigure them into a permanent "W" shape, thereby sending a signal that he lived on the West Coast of the United States.

So the next time you "throw up the W" as Ice Cube is wont to say, think of Baby-T's soul roasting in Hell, and what the symbol meant to him. Don't take it lightly.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm HUNGRY.

micah

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure Tupac didn't break his hands to form the W

Anonymous said...

yeah.. Pac wasnt a fucjing retard but he did become the main user of the WestSide hand sign

Anonymous said...

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