“You sold yourself to Satan. Walk like me if you want to live,” Jesus said to him in a vision.
These are strong opening words for a man of God who has been to Hell and back more than once. This is a man who has been shot multiple times, survived a bullet to the back of the head, been left for dead and made it out of gang genocide still alive in a fashion that would have you thinking this story is the plot for an action/crime thriller.
This is the story of former high-ranking Bloods member, now ministering emcee, King Dav$d, a.k.a. The Green Eyes.
To say that David had a rough upbringing would be a stretch. Growing up in Lincoln Park, San Diego, California, David was exposed to gang violence, poverty, and destruction.
His father was murdered in Compton, and his mother was killed when he was nine. He was then made a ward of the state because of the abuse he suffered from his mother’s lesbian lover in the household. According to David, his mother left the church and became an “Enemy of God,” which ultimately contributed to her fate.
David describes two types of youth that come out of overwhelming situations – the “wannabe’s” and the one’s “ensnared” like he was. He said the first group is the “accident’s waiting to happen.”
For a young David, a “wannabe” was something he never was. He knew from the jump that if he was going to survive on the streets, he’d have to use his wits to pave a way for himself. He found this path as a teenager and worked his way up until he was initiated into the Bloods.
“When I ran away at 13 or 14, I started hustling as a tenderloin selling $5 stacks of weed,” he revealed.
From there, he wound up getting a hotel room next to a strip club. He found a Trailways bus program where runaways could travel for free no matter what state they were from. David then hatched a plan to use this mobility to traffic drugs without being searched. He would get on a Greyhound, not be checked and would drop the drugs off to different gangs and hustlers all throughout the west coast.
These drop-offs and meetings were his induction into gang culture. It opened doors for him to meet these figures whose trust he had now because they were giving him money and a personal value he never felt before.
David chose to become a Blood because of the love and father-like figures that showed him attention.
“This is where pastors get it wrong when they say gangs don’t love you … there is a love in Satan’s kingdom. There’s even an order,” said David. “He [Satan] knew that this was something I always desired, a dad.”
He quantified this with an example from the Bible. He spoke of Jesus addressing the legion of demons living in a man. Only one of those minions replied back to Him, meaning that one was the leader or in charge. “Even demons have order,” David said.
This militant order is what attracted David to become a first generation Lincoln Park Blood member.
Within the Bloods, David thought he found his calling. He was good at “gang banging,” he was good at being the muscle and the ruthless loyal brother-in-arms soldier and leader for his crew.
He partook in drug smuggling, pimping, shootouts and a slew of other things that he said “you wouldn’t believe” because it’s not rational. He said in these instances, even movies, shows or documentaries like “Gangland” get it wrong. “They only show you about 10 percent of what’s really happening.”
One of the misconceptions about gangs is their lack of order. David’s Lincoln Park Bloods were closer to La Cosa Nostra than they were from being brutal guns blazing vigilantes.
“There’s even a social security type system where you get paid even when you’re not active,” he stated. “Most are still active but not on the frontline.”
He continued, “When I was banging in the 80’s. The gang culture was way more organized. Now you see this candy coated version of what’s happening on TV and with rappers, and YouTube stuff. That’s not the culture that still exists.”
He said other perks they receive is having younger members “break you off.” This means if a 20-year-old member were to encounter or walk into an O.G. member, they’d have to pull out a $100 or more, and hand it to them as a sign of respect.
David also revealed that the “good cops” show respect to the gangs too. What he meant by that are cops that wanted to survive knew when to look away or let something slide in order to keep the overall peace in that neighborhood. According to the ex-Blood, the gangs would remember that courtesy. However, police that became too overly gung-ho, trying to bust everyone, were usually taken out.
“Once an officer caught me dead to rights. I had a gun and cocaine on me,” David admitted. “He took the gun from me and destroyed the cocaine. He then said, ‘You have to be out here. This is your sect, but this is my community. This is your one chance.’”
He then told David that Jesus loves Him and that he would pray for him. David thought to himself, “Jesus? That’s a white boy God.”
Unfortunately, despite the favor the officer showed David, someone wound up assassinating the cop in the future.
This action of love by the cop planted a small seed in David. “He was that diligent in his faith to follow and watch me.” Despite how dangerous David was at the time, it showed him that this guy “really believes in this.”
David said the same thing of the C.O.’s in prison. The ones who want to survive let certain things slide. “In prison, they know who has phones. The C.O. knows how to look the other way, they know what they’re doing. They have to let just enough in to not cause an explosion.”
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Eventually for David, his luck on the streets was about to run out. After surviving a series of shootings, a poisoning attempt by the Crips and the assassination of dozens upon dozens of his associates, he was kidnapped and left face to face with his own mortality through the barrel of a gun.
The men who captured him were looking for drugs that were stashed in the attic of a police officer’s house, unbeknownst to her.
This next part of the story was described by David as something straight out of a Quentin Tarantino script. But before the explanation, one thing to note, is that part of being a Blood is knowing how to keep your weapon. Fresh bullets were used for kills or battle. Old bullets or weapons were used for target practice.
David said these guys who took him weren’t “professional” gang members. They didn’t know how to keep their guns primed. So when he got shot in the back of the head, the gun misfired, hitting him and “blew the guys hand off” too.
“I then handled the other guy, and we’ll leave it at that,” the emcee said.
One would think that him surviving this was his turning point to God, but it wasn’t. “I didn’t become a believer because I was scared to get shot. I’ve been shot a few times. Getting shot is part of this life, we don’t freeze up.”
It was then, as he stood there bleeding, and ultimately dying, that he had his turning point. God appeared to him saying, “You sold yourself to Satan. Walk like me if you want to live.”
“My life was flashing before me and I showed up to a Hotel and they turned me away. So I went to a phone booth and called 911 and when I woke up I was handcuffed to a bed,” he shared.
“My journey began.”
Read part two to hear how King Dav$d’s life transformed while he was serving God in prison, and how he became the first gang member to hold prayer circles in jail.
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