also JNS blog asserted public safety exception, also (joke font) "man in red socks
exception" to copyright, (end joke font) blog post by John Hoff
Kibbie Shakeel Akbark Walker (DOB 4/10/91) who calls himself "Prince Kibbie," was repeatedly named in discussion about a music video that came to the attention of this blog after an anonymous commenter asserted the video was referencing the Epic Nightclub shooting of Tyrone Washington.
Discussion about that video has shattered, destroyed, and blown away all previous page view records here on Johnny Northside. I will have the final numbers at the end of the day but page views are currently in the five digit range. I've never seen anything like it.
This red hot anthem of the streets being discussed is part of an album called...
..."Da Movement," the cover of which is featured on Prince Kibbie's Facebook page.
The particular song which is the subject of so much discussion is Number 5, "Kobe Diss." I assume the word "diss" means "to deliberately disrespect" but it's not obvious to me whether the "diss" in the context of the song is FROM Kobe or DIRECTED AT Kobe. As comedian Phil Harkin said, while imitating Frank Sinatra, "I got nothing. It's all pops and clicks."
A police source confirmed for me that "Prince Kibbie" is "Kibbie Walker," and MNCIS allowed me to look up Kibbie's criminal record. I must say, his record isn't terrible compared to many criminals I write about. He has a conviction for a domestic assault and another conviction for fleeing a police officer. (A weapons charge was dismissed) Both were in 2011 and (unlike so many other criminals who don't pay their fines) Walker has paid his fines like a Poindexter P. Prudence.
But he wasn't so prudent in this photo...
Posted in May of 2013, date taken unknown. What appears to be an extended magazine on a firearm is hanging out of his pocket.
Here's the obligatory "hand signs" photo. Judging by the clothing, it was taken about the same time as the photo at the top of the page.
In regard to the photo of the album, at first I didn't look closely and assumed it was just some kind of urban background image. However, looking at the image closely I recognize this is the intersection of Lyndale Ave. N. and West Broadway, standing near the gas station. This is one of the hottest pieces of gang territory in the city. Clearly, the photo has some kind of meaning and, in context, I would presume it's a territorial claim of some kind.
I would like to add something about the discussion of the song. There has been commentary to the effect one of the singers in the song is some kind of poser, because (allegedly) he didn't do the things in the song he is stating in the "first person."
(Wow, that was an unusual use of "allegedly")
However, songs do this kind of thing all the time. It is not necessary for the only people singing "Born In The USA" to be Vietnam war vets with a hard time readjusting to civilian life. A song is a song and not a sworn statement or testimony under oath.
But what's worrisome, and what is the subject of so much discussion on that other thread...
Is the possibility the singer of the song, the producer of the video and assorted hangers-on know PLENTY about the circumstances described in the lyrics, PLENTY being defined as "stuff the police would love to know so murders can be solved."
Oh, I should say something about my headline. The quote is a throwaway remark by my police contact, who jokingly opined Kibbie was "named after St. Kibbie no doubt."
According to my well-worn Psycho Cyclopedia Of Saints Of The Hood, St. Kibbie was martyred in 1997 A.D. when falsely imprisoned over the death of a rival gang member. Kibbe was not responsible for the murder and, indeed, had reason to know it was because of internal infighting within the rival gang. But, sticking to an ultra-strict interpretation of the "Code of The Streets," Kibbie would say nothing.
Tried and convicted, the whole time knowing his enemy was to blame, Kibbe refused to snitch to authorities. After a long and brutal imprisonment, where Kibbie was a model to other prisoners because of his adherence to the Code of The Streets, (resulting in many conversions to The Code by his example) Kibbe was murdered by gang rivals to assure his silence. His dying words were reportedly, "I know who did it, but streets gone take care of that man. Peace out, (racial expletive)."
In 2001 A.D., Kibbie was canonized after two verified miracles were attributed to him: First, a bag of dope disappeared from a thrice-locked evidence room and its absence resulted in the dismissal of a dead-to-rights felony drug charge and, secondly, a gun misfired during a gang assassination at a downtown nightclub, resulting in the lingering death of the assailant, who at the last minute converted to the Code of the Streets.
St. Kibbie is the patron saint of gangsters forced to rely upon "janky" guns, evidentiary loopholes, and gangsters who fear they will lose their lives because of "slipping."
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