Lif, sadly, is right on here. Senate bill S. 1735 made every major federal crime involving three or more people a “gang” crime eligible for enhanced mandatory minimum sentences. The bill also broadened the already very wide definition of a “criminal street gang”
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I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps…And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism…
I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
Polo was the hip-hop brand of choice in the late 80’s-early 90’s. In an extensive oral history of Polo and hip-hop published in XXL, rapper Sean Price remembers this line as an early indication that Polo, up until then the province of gangs such as the Lo-Lifes, was gaining wider acceptance:
Sean Price: I seen Brand Nubians rock a lot of Polo. And then you had groups like Zhigge. They used to rock a little Polo and all that. And Slick Rick wore the cologne, you know “La Di Da Di.”