This is a work of fiction. Names characters, places
and incidents are used fictiously. Any resemblance
to actual events, locales or persons, living or dead
is purely coincidental.
Tiffany (Jacks) Jackson moved to North
Compton with her mother. Her father had died of heart disease.
She made friends with two neighborhood girls, Leticia (Lay-Lay) and Denise (Niecey).
They became inseparable. Jacks was also close to her neighbor,
Garrett (G-Mac) McDonald.
G-Mac had major gang
affiliations, Jacks found herself attracted to him, he reminded her of the singer
Tank. When Jacks inquired about G-Mac, Lay-Lay told her, G-Mac is a highly
respected OG, a dedicated street soldier. He also takes good care of his
moms, before you moved here, his sister died of leukemia, she was real big on
women's issues, she made G-Mac promise, never to emotionally or physically abuse
a woman and to never have kids out of wedlock. G-Mac is known to tap some
ass and many women have tried to put him on lock-down but he is not serious
with anyone right now. He likes to tousle with his pit bulls, lift weights,
listen to Pac and Big and he has an extensive gun collection. He can
put them together and take them apart. Jacks was fascinated.
Over the next few months, Jacks tried
to step to G-Mac, he gently brushed her aside saying she reminded him too much
of his sister. Over time, he became very protective, always cock-blocking.
His rough neck thug appeal turned her on, she loved to watch him mow the lawn
in his wife-beater top, with his bulging muscles and firm fitting jeans. He was a sight to behold.
Jacks blossomed into
a beautiful young woman, she was considered a ghetto superstar with her long
flowing hair, hazel eyes, perfect figure and deep dimples, she had an Aalyiah
flare. She was quiet and shy and naturally intelligent. She made
straight A's in school and excelled in math and science. She studied long
and hard throughout the night as gunfire echoed in the background. Her
dream was to attend college. She would be the first one in her family
to do so. Girls were always hatin on Jacks because of her looks and smarts.
A few girls tried to jump her, Lay-Lay and Niecey came through, the haters
received a serious beat-down.
Many thugs tried to
step to Jacks, G-Mac kept them at bay, the word was out, Jacks was officially
off-limits. Jacks, Lay-Lay and Niecey all had after school jobs in the
same vicinity. They often got together for a late lunch. Lay- Lay
was notorious for trying to put her mack down on the finest thugs, her exploits
had Jacks and Niecey rolling with laughter. She was loud and boisterous,
the life of the party, the center of attention.
One day, they decided to go to the
mall to have lunch. They ran into the neighborhood militant, Calvin.
He spoke black rhetoric, wore Malcolm X T-shirts and slept with white women.
Calvin and his new blonde encountered Lay-Lay. Lay-Lay said loudly, look
at Calvin and his new 'becky', I hate brothas who talk black and sleep white,
a happy nigga gone mad, a victim of white woman kryptonite. The girls
burst out laughing. The blonde sighed and said, 'black woman drama at
it's best." Lay-Lay became incensed and replied, what about white woman
drama? Ya'll ain't nothing but walking ATM's for brothas, I bet you bought
all the clothes in those bags. Calvin grabbed his blonde by the hand and
rushed passed Lay-Lay. Lay-Lay yelled out, hey, I ain't hatin, just statin.
The girls fell out laughing, Lay-Lay said, that happy negro must have her whipped,
that white girl just about lost her mind tryin to clown a sista in the hood,
she suffering from Mandingo syndrome.
Next stop, the pizza
parlor. Lay-Lay was checking out the new pizza guy, when he brought over the
order, Lay-Lay said, when is it gonna be me and you? He started blushing
and introduced himself as Norton. After the girls finished lunch, Norton
stopped by the table and asked Lay-Lay for her digits. They went on their
first date the following night.
The following week,
G-Mac informed the girls that he would be street racing his souped up Mustang,
he wanted the girls to come and cheer him on. They all loaded into G-Mac's
whip, on the way, they picked up one of his homeboys, Ronnie B. Lay-Lay asked
G-Mac, what you bumping in your trunk, I know you got mad bass in this whip?
G-Mac replied, Pac and Big, them niggas was legends. Jacks spoke up,
don't forget about my girl Aalyiah, she was classy with a mystique. Niecey chimed
in, what about Left Eye, she was down with her shit. Ronnie B interrupted,
ya'll forgetting the baddest cat of all, Jam Master Jay was on top of his shit,
a true innovator. Lay-Lay interrupted, may they all RIP but G-Mac, you
gotta play my Queen Bee. G-Mac rolled his eyes and said, Lay-Lay, that shit
is seven years old, at least update to her latest joint. Lay-Lay stood
her ground, nigga play my shit. G-Mac put in Lil Kim's Hardcore, he fast
forwarded to Lay-Lay's anthem, "No Time." She told everyone
to shut up when her favorite verse came up "You Can't Stop A Bitch From Ballin."
They arrived at the
races. G-Mac stayed in the car while the girls and Ronnie B piled out.
Ronnie B drifted into the crowd while the girls watched the sideshows.
G-Mac's turn came, the flag came down. He came from behind and won.
He was ecstatic, girls came out of the woodwork to hug him and congratulate
him. Jacks seethed in the background. Two tore up thugs approached
the girls. One of them stepped to Jacks. Damn you fine, you wanna be my main
hoe? My down bitch? Baby, you need a man like me, I can set you up with
a new whip, pay the rent on a new crib. My name is Bruno. Jacks
tried to walk away, he blocked her path, before he knew it, G-Mac was all over
him, pistol whipping him and stomping him. Ronnie B got in a few kicks
as well. G-Mac and Ronnie B gathered the girls, they all hopped into the
whip and took off. A car appeared out of nowhere, shots rang out.
The girls ducked. Ronnie B took out his glock and returned fire.
G-Mac managed to lose the car. No one was hurt. The girls were dropped
off. G-Mac and Ronnie B went into the house.
Jacks was looking out of her bedroom
window when they emerged. They loaded a cache of weapons in the trunk
and took off. The next morning, headlines read: Gang Banger Bruno Willis,
ambushed and killed last night. No suspects in custody. Later that
day, Jacks, G-Mac, Norton, Niecey and Lay-Lay would attend a picnic given by
Big Bear, a 300 pounder with a eating disorder. The picnic was at the
local park. The music was blaring when they arrived. Thugs were
glossing in their Lexus's, Mercs and Beamers. Big Bear was leering at Jacks
between bites of bbq, he stopped when G-Mac glared at him. The crew was
having a great time until Diane and Gina arrived. These around the way
girls had a serious hate for Jacks and they brought a bad vibe to the picnic.
Lay-Lay and Niecey removed their earrings in case they had to do a beatdown.
The mood was interrupted by driveby gunfire. G-Mac jumped on top
of Jacks while Lay-Lay, Niecey and Norton ducked under the picnic tables.
When the gunfire ceased, everyone ran to their whips and burned rubber.
Later that day, the girls went shopping for new outfits. They were going
to a party later that evening given by a banger named Taurus. He was under
house arrest with an electronic device attached to his ankle. Lay-Lay
and Norton pulled up in the Cutlass, Jacks and Niecey jumped in the backseat.
When they arrived at the party, Jacks was jocked as soon as she stepped through
Diane and Gina were already there.
They glared at Jacks. Diane whispered to Gina. That bitch
Jacks thinks she's hot in those leather pants, I can't stand that bitch, thinking
she cute and thangs. My nigga busted a nut the other nite and called out
Jacks. Ain't that some shit. Too many brothas got her on they mind
and G-Mac got thugs too scared to approach her. He ain't said nuthing
about a sista approaching her. He say that bitch remind him of his sister,
when I get through, she gonna remind him of Frankenstein. Time to take
her out. They both laughed and gave each other high fives.
Lay-Lay observed the exchange.
She also noticed Diane and Gina openly pointing at Jacks. Lay-Lay's
instincts kicked in. Something didn't seem right with them two skanks tonite.
She would have to keep a eye on them. Lay-Lay clutched her purse and motioned
for Norton to hit the dance floor with her. Lay-Lay and Norton did a slow
roll to every song until they played some Lil Kim. Lay-Lay pushed Norton aside
and motioned for her girls to hit the floor. Let's do the damn thing.
Lay-Lay noticed out of the corner of her eye when Diane opened her purse,
she saw the reflection of a blade. Lay-Lay whispered to Niecey, they left
the dance floor. She gave the keys to Norton, bring the car around daddy.
Niecey and Jacks followed Lay-Lay into the room to get their coats.
Diane and Gina followed discreetly.
Diane moved fast and pounced on Jacks from behind. She was trying to cut
Jacks in the face with a knife and Jacks was fighting her off. Just then,
Lay-Lay went around Jacks and came up behind Diane. Diane felt the cold
barrel of a gun on her neck. Niecey pointed a gun at Gina and dared her
to move. Lay-Lay said, drop the blade Diane. The blade fell to the
floor, Lay-Lay moved to the front to face her. Listen up, if you
skanks ever try to step to anyone in my crew again, I will fuckin kill you,
now get the fuck outta my face! Diane and Gina left the room quickly.
Lay-Lay looked at Jacks, you aiight babygirl, Jacks nodded her head, she turned
to Niecey, good lookin out. Me and Niecey don't go anywhere unless we
strapped. Shit, mama was a bad bitch tonite, I saw Clint Eastwood do that
shit in a movie, mama on fire tonite!
Over the next few months, Jacks and Lay-Lay didn't see much of Niecey after
she hooked up with a small time crack dealer named Chad. He had baby mama drama
all over Compton. When they did run into Niecey, she had a black eye and
looked stressed out. Nine months later she gave birth to a son, Chad, Jr.
Her mother had to take responsibility of Chad, Jr. after Niecey got hooked on
crack. She would take the fall for Chad in a drug bust, she was sentenced
to 12 years. Chad would skip town.
One fall evening, Lay-Lay was braiding
Jacks hair and watching BET videos. When Ginuwine came on, Lay-Lay just
about lost her mind, she told Jacks, that pretty nigga gonna be mine one day,
you mark my words. Jacks laughed and took the opportunity to confide in
Lay-Lay about school. With graduation coming up, if I maintain my 4.0,
I can qualify for a full academic scholarship. With Affirmative Action
being abolished, a 4.0 is the alternative to Affirmative Action, you have to
be determined and put in the effort and the academic scholarship will pick up
all of your college expenses. Lay-Lay encouraged her, that's what a 4.0
will do babygirl, I am so proud of you. You are a diamond in the rough,
get out of this jungle, education is the key, make something out of yourself,
don't let no thug distract you, give you a regular beat-down, tie you down with
kids, don't be like Niecey and take the fall for a nigga. Handle your business
babygirl! You smart, fine and classy, you gotta stay focused and accomplish
your dreams, you the only girl I know who can go from thug to classy at the
drop of a dime, you a bad bitch!
Jacks asked Lay-Lay, how you and
Norton doing? Lay-Lay gave a big smile, Norton laid it on mama last night,
he likes his women big and bossy. He enrolled for night classes at the
community college, he's gonna make mama a rich respectable bitch one day.
If me and him ever go half on a baby, I want you to be the god-mother.
Jacks was flattered. Jacks obtained her goal and graduated with honors,
she received a full four year academic scholarship to UCLA. Her mother
was ecstatic and planned a big party.
The party was in full swing, everyone
was having a good time. The music was slamming and the food was good. Everyone
congratulated Jacks. Lay-Lay signaled her from across the room.
Come get at your girl, I need to talk to you. I see how you and G-Mac
look at each other. Him treating you like a little sister is cute but
the shit ain't cute when a motherfucka is fine, let a playa know how you feel,
Jacks agreed. Jacks asked Lay-Lay, where is Norton? Lay-Lay said,
my boo is sick, he has the flu, he told me to tell you congratulations.
G-Mac arrived an hour later, Jacks could not corner him as he circulated the
party. It was so hot indoors that Jacks and Lay-Lay decided to get some
fresh air outside, they went and sat on the porch.
They observed brothas walking their
rottweilers, thugs glossing in their whips and sistas selling gear. Just
another day in the hood.
Across town, rapper Key-Low was
putting the finishing touches on his debut CD. The fragrance of weed was
in the air, wine was stowed all over the studio. Key-Low and his crew were also
taking ecstasy, smoking blunts and drinking 40's. They finally stumbled
out of the studio, the sunlight temporarily blinded them, they all climbed into
a SUV. The driver took a wrong turn, they ended up in North Compton.
They were about to do a U-Turn until Key-Low saw two hotties sitting on a porch.
One was overweight and the other one was fine as hell, he told the driver
to pull up.
Jacks and Lay-Lay saw the SUV creep
towards them. The window came down, Key-Low pointed at Jacks, bring your fine
ass over here and holla at a nigga! Lay-Lay stood up and flashed.
Listen up mothafucka, you don't come in our hood dissing us, you better slow
your flow and recognize, you gets no love over here, bounce. Key-Low's
boys started cracking up, this made Key-Low mad, listen up you fat ass bitch,
was a brotha talking to you? Do you know who I am? My name is Key-Low,
never forget that name, I'm gonna blow up and be a big time rapper, see my bling-bling,
now send that fine bitch over here now! Lay-Lay whispered to Jacks, I
got this but go get G-Mac in case I need backup. As Jacks entered the
house, she could hear the argument raging outside, Lay-Lay was quite boisterous
and Jacks laughed when Lay-Lay said, listen up scrub, your thing probably too
little to work anyones middle. Lay-Lay loved quoting Lil Kim lyrics, made her
feel real important.
Key-Low's boys fell out laughing,
man she clowning you. Key-Low flashed, just remember, you riding my tails,
catching my vapors. Suddenly, without warning, Key-Low pulled out his
9, pointed it at Lay-Lay and shot her twice, he spat out the window, take that
bitch! Jacks and G-Mac ran out of the house when they heard gunfire.
G-Mac fired at the SUV as it sped away. Jacks started screaming at the
sight of Lay-Lay sprawled out on the sidewalk covered in blood. She rushed
to her and tried to revive her. It was useless. She cradled her
head and talked to her soothingly. After a few minutes she realized that
Lay-Lay was dead.
She started screaming uncontrollably.
G-Mac and her mother tried to console her. Slowly, she regained
her composure. She continued holding Lay-Lay, rocking her back and forth
until the ambulance arrived, she was covered in her blood, the paramedics had
to pry her away from Lay-Lay. Jacks would never forget the name or the
face of the killer. She told G-Mac, he called himself Key-Low. G-Mac
nodded, I'm on it babygirl.
Jacks cried throughout the night. She looked out the window when she
heard G-Mac's voice. She watched him and his boys load weapons in the
trunk. After he left, she realized, she never got to tell him how she
felt. It would have to wait.
G-Mac would never make it to his
destination. He was pulled over for a broken tail light. The cops found the
weapons in the trunk. G-Mac was sentenced to ten years, his homeboys got five
years apiece. Lay-Lay would be buried and laid to rest. Norton was
devastated, he was inconsolable. No witnesses came forward. The
police would classify the murder as gang related and the investigation would
THREE MONTHS LATER:
Key-Low's CD was released to critical
acclaim. The CD would go triple platinum. Jacks would start her freshman
year at UCLA. She excelled in her studies and her math and science skills
didn't go unnoticed.
THREE YEARS LATER:
Just before graduation, she was
approached by a representative from the CIA. The agency was interested
in recruiting her in the capacity of a mathematician, one of the most sought
after positions in intelligence. Jacks passed all of her background checks
and she was granted low-level security clearance. She adjusted quite well
to her new position. She gained experience in code breaking and logistics.
She was an rising star in the intelligence community and she made important
contacts throughout the world. Over the next year, she moved her mother
out of Compton and into a condo and she purchased a BMW. On the weekends,
Jacks visited her mother, she also went to Lay-Lay's gravesite and she would
visit G-Mac in prison. She always put money on his commissary account
and she gifted him with necessities. G-Mac always looked after her, now
it was time to look after him.
The first time she visited Niecey
in prison, Niecey was very rude and unfriendly. She was also gaunt with
rotten teeth. She told Jacks to fuck off, don't come back! Jacks
was hurt but continued putting money on her commissary account. Shortly
after her visit, she got word that Niecey was killed in prison. She was
devastated, what was happening? First Lay-Lay and now Niecey.
Jacks and her mother attended Niecey's
funeral. Chad, Jr. broke away from his grandmother and ran towards his
Aunt Jacks, she scooped him up and held him close.
Jacks had kept tabs on Key-Low,
but her work was so consuming that she had lost track of him. One afternoon,
the past came back to haunt her. She was listening to her favorite hip-hop
station, an on-air personality was interviewing Key-Low, the hottest rapper
in the country. Jacks was preparing to turn the dial until she heard the
lyrics of his new song, "I Capped A Bitch" ...the bitch wasn't shit, talked
about my dick, in front of my clique, I capped a bitch.....
The following week, Key-Low attended
a CD listening party in his honor. A hush fell over the crowd as a stunning
black woman in a leather mini made her entrance. She was new to the scene
and seemed oblivious to the male attention. Key-Low peeped her and sent
one of his boys to bring her back to the table. Key-Low spent the evening
talking to her, they left the club together. They arrived at his penthouse.
When Key-Low closed the door, he was all over her, she responded to his advances,
he became aroused. They proceeded to disrobe, she groped him and whispered "your
thing may be little to work my middle."
A cloud came over his face, he
punched her hard in the face, she fell to the floor clutching her purse.
He stood over her, you fucking bitch! I capped a bitch for saying that
type of shit, he grabbed her by the roots of her hair and threw her against
the side of the wall, face first. She slid down the wall, he screamed,
bitch, I am going to rape you, real hard and painful, you will never forget
tonight, you can tell your hoodrat friends that you got fucked by Key-Low.
He advanced towards her as she backed towards her purse, she reached behind
and slowly pulled out a gun, a silencer was attached. Key-Low stopped
in her tracks as she slowly stood up. She said, I have been hired to kill
you, Key-Low looked puzzled. The girl you mentioned about capping, I assume
she is the girl from Compton that you killed four years ago. Key-Low said,
fuck that bitch, that trick got what she deserved, she ignored his comments
and continued, she has important friends in high places, this will be a pleasure
kill! She raised the gun and fired once, Key-Low fell to the floor struggling
for air, she stood over him and said "when you get to Hell, tell Satan that
a bitch sent you." She fired two more shots, Key-Low died with a look
of shock on his face.
*Nikki Campbell took out her cell
phone and called a cleaner to get rid of the evidence and to plant drugs, it
was important to make the crime scene look like a drug deal gone bad.
Nikki made a second call, Jacks answered, Nikki said one word, "endgame."
The morning headlines read: Rap
Superstar Key-Low found murdered in his penthouse. Drugs found on premises.
No suspects in custody.
Jacks would be instrumental in
getting G-Mac out of prison and she would have his prison record expunged.
Jacks also got him a job as a weapons specialist with a government agency.
Jacks and G-Mac would eventually marry and have three kids, the two girls would
be named after Niecey and Lay-Lay and the boy would be named after G-Mac.
Chad, Jr's grandmother would succumb to Cancer and Chad, Sr. would be killed
in a botched robbery attempt. G-Mac and Jacks would adopt Chad, Jr.
After attending a Community College
for two years, Norton decided to transfer to a State University, he majored
in business. Norton owns two pizzeria's, part of a franchise. He
dates occasionally but he never got over Lay-Lay. He keeps a photo of
her in his wallet. Norton read about Key-Low's murder, he smiled as he
put the paper down and muttered one word under his breath....Jacks.
Jacks visited Lay-Lay's grave shortly
after Key-Low's murder, she placed flowers on the headstone. As tears
rolled down her face, she said: "It took me some time but I took care of it,
Compton style with a twist. You died protecting me, I will never forget
that, you will always remain in my heart, you were a true friend. I took
your advice and told G-Mac how I felt, he felt the same way."
Before I forget, you were right
about something else, "YOU REALLY CAN'T STOP A BITCH FROM BALLIN."
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*Nikki Campbell also appears in
"Ballin II" and "Ballin 3."
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