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The Hoover Criminal Gang (HCG) began as an African-American street gang located in the western district of South Los SantosSan Andreas. Known as the "Hoover Groovers" in its earliest conception, this gang predates the formation of the Crips and Bloods during the late 60s and early 70s era. Their name derives from Grove Street which is situated below Carson AvenueDavis in the heart of their territory.

It was kick started by the first Hoover Criminal set on Grove Street, which was fixated in the cul-de-sac of Grove Street and named 32 Dead End Hoover Groovers, later the 32 Dead End Hoover Crips, and eventually the 32 Dead End Hoover Criminals. While this set has long been defunct, the area has since been taken over by the 52 Hoover Gangster Crips who still refer to the cul-de-sac as "Dead End". All sets of Hoover Criminals refer to Grove Street as "Groove Street" to pay homage to their origins as a street gang.

Youthful members of the Hoover Criminals have adopted the color orange but still wear the traditional blue color associated with the Crips. Their universal hand sign is the thumb tucked in between the index and middle finger to represent the letter "H" for "Hoover". They were one of the very first gangs to challenge Stanley Tookie Williams' West Side Crips. After an incident nearly brought the two gangs at an all out war, the leaders of both the Hoovers and the West Side Crips came to an agreement and joined forces against a common enemy at the time known as the "Lowenstein Boys"; prompting the Hoovers to adopt the Crips moniker into their name by the mid-1970s.

In the August of 1979, Raymond Lee Washington was murdered in a drive-by shooting. Rumors of the shooters spread throughout the streets of Los Angeles and the blame for his death was placed squarely at the feet of the Hoover Crips by the East Side Crips, sparking a deadly war between the Hoovers and Crip gangs still friendly towards Raymond Lee Washington, who by then had become disenfranchised with the West Side Crips.


By the mid-1980s, the Hoovers were engaged in bitter rivalries with several different Crip sets. It was also during the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s when the Hoovers became one of the most notorious street gangs to participate in the drug trade thanks in part to the efforts of Ricky “Freeway” Ross, who was affiliated with the Hoover sets; 52 Hoover Gangster Crips and 74 Hoover Criminal Gang.

In the late-1980s, the Hoovers had become one of the most feared street gangs in South CentralLos Santos. Their brutal reputation for gun violence made them one of the first suspects to be blamed for gang-related shootings and gained them many enemies; many of whom were also Crips. Amid their ever growing list of Crip rivals, all except one set of the Hoovers eventually dropped their "Crip" affiliation and created the "Criminal" card, thus adopting the "Hoover Criminals" identity by the mid-1990s.

Despite having a set under the Gangster Crip moniker, the Hoovers have still engaged in warfare with other gangs who fall under the (3x) Gangster Crip card, such as the 87 Gangster Crips97 Gangster Crips and the 4 Pacc Gangster Crips. Over the years, the Hoovers have developed relationships with other gangs outside of the Hoover Criminals umbrella. They were once involved in a short lived three way truce between themselves, the Innocence Family Gangster Bloods and the Eight Tray Gangster Crips that was coined the "Movin, Suwoopin & Groovin" alliance during the early to mid 2000s.


However, the volatile relationship between the Eight Tray Gangster Crips and other Hoover Criminal sets claiming "Gangster Killer" ended their partnership. Despite this, the Hoovers remained friendly towards the Innocence Family Gangster Bloods, causing friction between the IFGB and the Denver Lane Bloods; who are long time enemies of the Hoovers. Additionally, the Hoover Criminals are allies of the Insane Crips in Del Perro, known as the "Hoosane" alliance. 


Due to many rivalries with Rollin 0s Crips, Neighborhood CripsMafia CripsBlocc CripsMenlo CripsBrimsBloods, as well as a long standing hostility towards some Sureño gangs, Hoover Criminals adopted the "EBK" (Everybody Killer) or "ABK" (Anybody Killer) slogans, along with "BK" (Blood Killer), "CK" (Crip Killer), "OK" (Rollin 00s Killer), "MK" (Mafia or Menlo Killer), and the "NK" (Neighborhood Killer) slogans which is ever present in their graffities. Throughout their history and recent days, the Hoovers have come to ceasefires with rival gangs such as the Smith Park Brims (also referred to as Six-Deuce Brims, or BJ Smith Park Brims), to instead focus their attention on their common rivals.


The Hoover Criminals Gang adopted its blue colors due to its history with the Crips, later adopting orange in the 1990s after the developed rivalry, taking on the Houston Astros baseball team’s colors and branding of a blue star within orange outlines with a bolded orange 'H’.





The West Side (W/S) 52 Hoover Gangster Crips (also referred to as the "5-Deuce Hoover Gangster Crips") are a long standing Hoover set located in the western district of South Los Santos. Originating in the 1970s, this gang is a subset of the larger Hoover Criminals umbrella. Also known as the "Young Hoggz", they are the only Hoover Criminals set still holding the Gangster Crip moniker, due to their alliances with the 52 Broadway Gangster Crips, and 53 Avalon Gangster Crips.


Their closest alliance outside of the Hoover card is with the 51 Trouble Gangster Crips, forming 512GC. The 52 Hoover Gangster Crips neighborhood sits directly next to the 59 Hoover Criminal Gang; arguably, their closest ally. The 52 Hoovers control an area east of the nearby 59 Hoover Criminals, dominating South Brouge Avenue, and East Grove Street (referred to as Groove Street and Dead End by members). Due to their large list of enemies and dwindling turf, it's very common to see 52 Hoover Gangster Crips and 59 Hoover Criminals in each other's neighborhoods. 


The 52 Hoover Gangster Crips are long-term rivals of 6-Pacc East Coast Neighborhood CripsRollin' 30s Harlem CripsRollin' 40s Neighborhood CripsRollin' 50s Neighborhood CripsRollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips, 65 Menlo Crips67 Neighborhood Crips, and Fruit Town Brims.



The West Side (W/S) 59 Hoover Criminal Gang (also referred to as 5-Nine Hoover Criminal Gang), are a long standing Hoover set located in the western district of South Los Santos. Originating in the 1970s, this gang is a subset of the larger Hoover Criminals umbrella.

The 59 Hoover Criminals neighborhood sits directly next to the 52 Hoover Gangster Crips; one of their closest allies. The 59 Hoover Criminals control an area south of the nearby 52 Hoover Gangster Crips, dominating West Grove Street (referred to as Groove Street by members). Due to their large list of enemies and dwindling turf, it's very common to see 59 Hoover Criminals and 52 Hoover Gangster Crips in each other's neighborhoods. 

The 59 Hoover Criminals are long-term rivals of 6-Pacc East Coast Neighborhood CripsRollin 40s Neighborhood CripsRollin' 50s Neighborhood CripsPlayboy Hustler Crips, and for a brief period of time, Primos Locos 22.



The West Side (W/S) 74 Hoover Criminal Gang (also referred to as the "7-Fo Hoover Criminal Gang") are a long standing Hoover set located in the western district of South Los Santos. Known as the "Bay-Bayz", they are a long standing and active African American street gang. Founded around 1973, this gang is a subset of the larger Hoover Criminals umbrella.


They are cliqued up with their neighbors to the west: the 83 Hoover Criminal Gang, and their neighbors to the east: the 59 Hoover Criminal Gang. Their closest alliances outside of the Hoover card include the 78 Hard Time Hustler Crips, Gardena Shotgun Crips, and the Insane Crips of Del Perro Beach. Throughout the 1980s, the 74 Hoover Criminals, along with the 52 Hoover Gangster Crips, were key players in the drug trade business thanks in part to the efforts of Ricky “Freeway" Ross, operating drug houses across South Central, Los Santos.


The 74 Hoover Criminals are long-term rivals of 6-Pacc East Coast Neighborhood Crips65 Menlo Crips67 Neighborhood Crips76 East Coast CripsMad Swan Bloods, Van Ness Gangster Brims, Denver Lane Bloods, and Crenshaw Mafia Gang.



The West Side (W/S) 83 Hoover Criminal Gang (also referred to as the "8-Tray Hoover Criminal Gang") are a long standing Hoover set located in the western district of South Los Santos. Originating in the 1970s, this gang is a subset of the larger Hoover Criminals umbrella. Sometimes referred to as "The Rascalz" or "Tiny Rascalz", the 83 Hoover Criminal Gang is considered the largest and most active Hoover set. They have no known allies outside of the Hoover Criminals umbrella though they are friendly with the Shotgun Crips and 83 Gangster Crips. As a result of their enormous list of enemies, they continue to contribute to a majority of the gang violence in South Central Los Santos.


The 83 Hoover Criminals are long-term rivals of 84 Main Street Mafia Crips, 87 Gangster Crips, 97 Gangster Crips, Rollin' 90s Neighborhood Crips, Rollin' 100s Neighborhood/Blocc Crips, Budlong Gangster Crips, Mad Swan Bloods, and Denver Lane Gangster Bloods.




In this day and age, gang members have taken to sports teams and other means to represent their set and gang.

Detroit Tigers - Stands for Deuce (2) and is proudly used by members of the 52 set.
Los Angeles Dodgers (D logo) - Stands for Deuce (2) but can be neutral. Used by some members of the 52 set.
Chicago Bulls - Stands for Bay-Bayz, a name given to the 74 set. It is proudly used by members of the 74 set.
Texas Rangers - Stands for Trey (3) and is proudly used by members of the 83 set.
Washington Nationals - Stands for West Side. It can be and is proudly worn by members of all sets.
Houston Astros - Stands for Hoover. It is the most common identifier of members and is proudly worn by members of all sets.



Yung Hoggz Clothing - A name given to the 52 set. It is proudly used by members of the 52 set.
Nifty-Fifties Clothing - Stands the 50s. It is proudly used by the members from the 52 and 59 sets.
Fig-Side Clothing - Stands for Figueroa Side/Forum Side. Worn by members from all sets.
Verz Clothing - Stands for Hoovers. Worn by members from all sets.
Groove Line Clothing - Stands for "groovy" line of Hoovers down Grove Street, and up into Forum. Worn by members from all sets.
Other - Brands that have been altered or certain products that can somehow be used to refer to a set, another identifier, or a logo.



Orange shoe laces, and orange "flags" tied around the neck is also commonly used as ways for members to show their allegiance. Other famous brands such as Bapesta shoes are worn due to their star logo's close resemblance to a Houston Astros logo, and Air Jordan shoes may be altered to shoe



You should not be approaching the gang as an outsider with the intent of joining. Realistically, your character should have been raised or a local to the neighborhood within one of the sets and their respectable turf.

Under no circumstances, should those who are above the age of 17, approach the gang, having "moved into the area from New York". This type of roleplay will get you removed from the area in-character.


If you are roleplaying living in the area, you should roleplay using the proper slang and culture associated with the area. If you have any questions regarding the slang and culture, we highly recommend you join our faction Discord and read all guides in depth.


By joining the Discord and showing an intention to join, or by joining officially, the faction’s leadership reserves the right to character kill you for any reason deemed necessary.










If you have any questions regarding any of the sets or the faction in general, contact Craazy#4284, Destroyed#1842, Resident#0126 or Slim#8663 on Discord.


Special thanks to @Craazy@Resident@Theory@Playboii@Destroyed@slim.@Certified Lover Boy Jola@Blank@Matey@Diogo@Bloody Laces@mieky and @klippan

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