Nobody liked Mike, he showed up in the neighborhood after being kicked out of another neighborhood for reasons unknown to everyone that lived on our street. Raheem brought him around, Raheem was a younger kid that was born and raised in a notorious NJ housing project. He did not live in our neighborhood but might as well have as he was always around. He was considered a bad kid, but grew up very poor and with drug addicted parents, he had no guidance except what he learned in the streets. He was about 12 yrs old at the time. Raheem was always messing with people and bringing around rougher guys to start trouble with those that he felt were inauthentic. It was always premeditated and he would ride around on a bike with a devilish grin while laughing his ass off whenever there was trouble or a confrontation.
Mike was about 6’4″ and quickly noticed how calm our neighborhood was and started to spread his wings a bit in the neighborhood. He took a liking to a neighborhood girl that had a few “boyfriends” in our neighborhood. Mike was in love, like public displays of affection and all. One day he heard a few guys were clowning him for the relationship with this girl that everyone knew very well. So he walked out in the middle of a group of guys on the corner and says, “fuck that ain’t nothing moving out here if I don’t say so, if u out here with it, I’m takin it fuck that.”
What Mike was referring to as “it” was cocaine or marijuana. A few of the guys in the neighborhood sold drugs to other people in the neighborhood. Usually to those that were afraid to go to more dangerous areas of the city. One of the smaller guys of the neighborhood had some weed on him, and Mike knew so he walked up to him and pushed him up against the wall and went through his pockets and took all of his weed. The kid was younger and was intimidated. Everyone out there was. In Mike’s perspective, if he robbed them and took over the neighborhood no one can clown him for his relationship.
There were some neighborhood guys who were taller and more known for fighting and trouble but the guys he robbed were not like that. I mention size as an intimidation factor in this story because at that time guys in our neighborhood would fight to settle differences and the loser usually just fell back from whatever activity caused the altercation. There are way too many reasons for confrontations to list here but more of my stories will reveal some of the reasons in the future. Back to the story.
The guy who got his weed taken by Mike told an older neighborhood guy (Davee) about it and Davee confronts Mike. Mike immediately swings at Davee and they tussle, that day Mike got the best of Davee as he was a bigger guy. Davee retreated from coming around the neighborhood for a few weeks, while Mike proudly bragged and would peacock about the neighborhood all spring, shirtless while wearing a black Carhart jacket.
On a warm summer day, I was sitting on my porch with a couple of other guys talking, cracking on each other with our Sony radio playing the latest Dj Clue tape. Mike comes over and says “what’s up” to us. We were neutral in the situation because we had no loyalty to either party and had a large group of our own that Mike wouldn’t dare start trouble with at the time. He waits a while and says “you won’t be seeing Moe and Davee out here for a while.” Moe was Davee’s best friend/ partner in crime at the time of the story. I say “word? why u say that” he says “nothin movin out here if I don’t say so, so they can’t come out here no more.” Not sure if he wanted a reaction or was reasserting himself, however we didn’t give a fuck about any of them and I saw him realized that as I replied, “ahh word.. u got that.. this is all yours brah.” In a sarcastic tone that went over his head as “this” was a 4 block radius with a few older people that liked cocaine and younger people that liked weed conveniently within their vicinity. However, the neighbors did not like newcomers, they were strangely okay with the dealers being the grown up neighborhood children. I don’t say any of this to glorify, that’s just the way it was.
One day I was walking down the street from the bus stop. I see Moe and Davee walking uphill on the block very fast. I hadn’t seen them in a while and we were cool with each other at that point. For some reason they both had car antennas in their hands. I greeted them with a smiling, yet confused, “where the fuck you been!?” look all in one. Davee says, “yo you don’t know us, you didn’t see us, you never saw us.” In typical hood mentality fashion I replied with, “say no mo” and gave them fives and kept walking.
As I turn the corner, I see a crowd of people talking and looking at something. As well as a police car and an ambulance. I see a lot of my friends and family are amongst the onlookers. I walked over to the commotion and see Mike being assisted onto a gurney. While agonizing and very bloodied with welts all over. Turns out Moe and Davee whipped him with car antennas! Sounds weird but he was a big guy that was throwing around his weight and intimidation.
We all knew every building, hiding place, and shortcut and all in our neighborhood. Moe and Davee entered a building beside the one Mike was in and jumped over to the roof of his building. They came down through the hallway and jumped him once he came out into the hallway. By their logic, in a tight hallway his size wouldn’t be an advantage. They wailed on him until they got tired, but with of all things. Car antennas! Turns out Raheem set him up because, he also got into it with Mike over Mike’s girlfriend. They had Raheem call him to come outside and when he did they had shut off the hallway lights and had him pinned in the dark hallway.
The police question the crowd as this was about 5pm summer time. However, no one knew a thing. *wink* *wink*
As I said before the neighbors didn’t like newcomers popping up, no matter how bad any of the neighborhood kids were. They knew who they were at least.
That was the last I saw of Mike, within a few weeks Moe and Davee would resurface in the neighborhood and all was back to whatever we thought was normal.
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