Tijdens de ‘Truc Picnic’ in California in 1992, zette Tupac leden van de rivaliserende Bloods en Crips bendes aan tot het ondertekenen van de “Code Of THUG LIFE”.
I didn't create T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., I diagnosed it.
Hij en Mutulu Shakur hadden deze lijst opgesteld en ze beschrijft wat je als ‘thug’ en ‘banger’ wel en niet kan/mag doen.
Om foute interpretaties tegen te gaan, hebben we besloten de lijst in het Engels te laten staan.
- All new Jacks to the game must know:
- He's going to get rich.
- He's going to jail.
- He's going to die.
- Crew Leaders: You are responsible for legal/financial payment commitments to crew members; your word must be your bond.
- One crew's rat is every crew's rat. Rats are now like a disease; sooner or later we all get it; and they should too.
- Crew leader and posse should select a diplomat, and should work ways to settle disputes. In unity, there is strength!
- Car jacking in our Hood is against the Code.
- Slinging to children is against the Code.
- Having children slinging is against the Code.
- No slinging in schools.
- Since the rat Nicky Barnes opened his mouth; ratting has become accepted by some. We're not having it.
- Snitches is outta here.
- The Boys in Blue don't run nothing; we do. Control the Hood, and make it safe for squares.
- No slinging to pregnant Sisters. That's baby killing; that's genocide!
- Know your target, who's the real enemy.
- Civilians are not a target and should be spared.
- Harm to children will not be forgiven.
- Attacking someone's home where their family is known to reside, must be altered or checked.
- Senseless brutality and rape must stop.
- Our old folks must not be abused.
- Respect our Sisters. Respect our Brothers.
- Sisters in the Life must be respected if they respect themselves.
- Military disputes concerning business areas within the community must be handled professionally and not on the block.
- No shooting at parties.
- Concerts and parties are neutral territories; no shooting!
- Know the Code; it's for everyone.
- Be a real ruff neck. Be down with the code of the Thug Life.
- Protect yourself at all times…