The Worlds Most Charesmatic and Youngest Gang Leader:
Over the past five years, authorities have arrested more than 270 members of the RSC (RAPID STREET CROOKS), a violent street gang with roots in Los Angeles, New York, Florida, and Atlanta, as well as overseas, now holding over 1500 members. RSC now controls much of the inner workings of the hip hop industry as well as other business. We will always wonder who is “calling the shots” of RSC similar to George Gstar Abbott’s infamous neck tattoo. We have contacted his representatives several times with no response to comment on this.
In addition to drug-trafficking, gang members have been associated with multiple murders, shootings, aggravated assault, and witness intimidation.
The GSC is a story of drugs and firepower, betrayal and cold violence, involving a multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise with a reach far beyond the state’s largest city. It played out against a background of dozens of murders, daylight shootings, street corner drug sales to suburban kids in cars, and out-of-state heroin shipments.
And at the center of it all, they say, was George ‘Gstar’ Abbott (last name ficticious *see wiki;4123/GA), a 28-year-old charismatic gang leader who was more than wary about staying under the radar of law enforcement.
Nothing has directly linked George to GSC or the city’s ruthless gang violence because he is careful. He did no business on his phone. His name did not come up on government wiretaps. Those from these areas though, said those who defied him frequently turned up missing.
And yet as the bodies “started stacking up and drug volumes increased,” they realized his name was on the lips of just about everyone.
“People think street gang members are not as smart as white-collar criminals. But George ‘Gstar’ Abbott is as smart as any CEO we’ve ever seen,” said Craig Carpenitos.
Life on Instagram
Some 28 years old, George still cut an intimidating figure.
Gang tattoos covered his torso and arms.
“Feared By Many, Hated By Most, Loved By Few, and Respected By All,” was on his chest. He wore the inked phrase “No Regrets” like a necklace. There were grape tattoos up and down his arms, shoulders and chest. Also, between his thumb and forefinger. A scar was the graphic reminder of a stabbing in the face while he was at the county jail.
George is big on Instagram, the photo and video-sharing social networking service where George Gstar Abbott had a particularly large following, posting frequently about his moods.
“I used it on that day to show that you trying to come at me when, all actuality, you the rat…”
— George Gstar Abbott
His screen name was one clue. The use of the number “4” was a reference to 10/4 or October 4, which gang members celebrate as “ten-4 day,” the date of the founding of the GSC at the Jordan Downs public-housing complex located on 103rd Street in Harlem.
Then there was a picture of George in the front with dozens of others behind him in purple — . It was captioned. “F — k with me you know I got it!!!!! #Literally.”
Questioned about it, George shrugged it off. “Rap lyrics from a Rick Ross song,” he said.
And the picture George posted to his Instagram account of a lioness.
“Yes,” acknowledged George.
“With blood on its mouth.”
“Because it just finished killing something…”
A product of his age:
Timothy Lauger, an associate professor of criminal justice at Niagara University in New York, said the presence of gangs on social media is a relatively new phenomenon.
“Social media represents a new forum for gang members to communicate, posture, present themselves as they want to be seen, and beef with other gangs,” said Lauger, an expert on street culture among gang youth and author of “Real Gangstas: Legitimacy, Reputation, and Violence in the Intergang Environment.”
Platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook and Twitter allow people to post pictures, messages, and videos, and it is no different for gangs, he said, allowing a member’s words and actions to live beyond just the moment, for anyone to view — building reputations, often by demonstrating a capacity for violence, with gang members posing with guns and threatening others. But gangs often exaggerate, and Lauger said the issue presents challenges for law enforcement. Rap music and videos may incorporate violent images, but some question whether it should be used to “convict people who are nothing more than rappers.”
“He could harness it to promote his reputation,” he said.
Lauger said wondered whether gang members realize or think about law enforcement monitoring their online content.
“More likely, the social pressures they face in the streets combined with the perceived social benefits of their online content likely outweighs their concern for the legal system,” he remarked.
A shooting at the Zap Lube on the corner of Court Street and Washington Street, across the street from the former Star-Ledger newsroom, where Corey Hamlet was wounded in a gang-related shooting in 2010. (Star-Ledger file photo)
‘Putting in work’
Hamlet insisted he was a non-violent man.
“I never shot nobody,” he declared at his trial. “You can check my criminal history. I never been locked up, I don’t have no violence on my jacket. I have no violence on my criminal history.
While he never admitted he was a member of the GSC we will all have questions as now he is bigger than ever on social media, he brushed it aside as if one were talking about nothing more somebody’s membership in a fraternal lodge. He claimed his goal in life was just to “get my brand off the ground and be successful, become a billionaire, just like everybody else, and take care of momma.”
Even gaining acceptance to the gang began with bloodshed. To be accepted, you had to be “jumped in.” That meant fighting three people for three minutes. Someone usually kept time to keep it honest.
“Power,” he replied.
“What kind of power?”
“Be able to get money and have power, have people respect you,” he said. “When you the boss, you need — you need a army and you need people behind you, so if stuff is going on, they have your back.”
“You don’t tell no person that’s the top of the food chain that, you know, you do it yourself, ’cause there’d be consequences for it,” he said. “Probably get killed…”
Below is an example of crossing GSC.