The Black Souls were founded in the year 1962 by “King Wee” in the Garfield Park neighborhood. In 1962 the Black Souls helped found the Latin Souls street gang derived from Black Soul. Both gangs were bitter enemies with the Black Stone Rangers because by 1962 the Rangers had increased in power drastically. In 1966 the Black P Stone Nation was formed that consolidated several street gangs which made the Stones an even bigger threat to the Souls. In the same year David Barksdale Founded the Black Disciple nation which was the consolidation of about 18 street gangs. The Black Souls became one of those 18 gangs to join the Disciple Nation under Barksdale. After consolidating under the Disciple alliance, the Souls became enemies of the BPSN and Larry Hoover’s “Gangster Nation” alliance. In January, 1969 Hoover and Barksdale combined concepts and created the “Black Gangster Disciple Nation” alliance. All gangs within both alliances would be a part of the BGDN; therefore, Black Souls were a part of the BGDN. In the early 1970s, the Black Souls consolidated with a gang called the “Soul Brothers” which were on the corner of 16th and Kostner, run by Frank Davis. The full gang name became the “Black Soul Brothers” only during the early 1970s, by the mid-1970s the name was gone.
In 1975 a new group of Souls formed called the “Mad Black Souls” which consisted of many Four Corner Hustler gang members that broke away from 4ch to became MBS on the Westside of Chicago. The group was founded by Jack Bobo. These Souls then broke away from the BGDN alliance and stayed clear of any alliance, but associated with Four Corner Hustlers and remained “family” to the South side Black Souls that remained within the BGDN.
King Wee was killed in 1975 leaving Jack Bobo in charge of the nation, not too long after Bobo was killed leaving Sam Mckay the leader of the Black Souls in 1976. In 1978 the Folk and People nations were created and the Four Corner Hustlers joined the People alliance. The BGDN split three ways between the Black Disciples, the Black Gangsters, and the Black Gangster Disciples (which became now a gang instead of an alliance). The Souls were then caught in a dilemma because the MBS were hanging with 4chs and did not want to sever ties by joining Folks, while the south side Souls were hanging with BGDs and BDs and maybe wanted to join Folks. Sam Mckay himself was said to have been a member of the “Supreme Gangsters” which was the top gang within the original Gangster Nation founded by Larry Hoover; therefore, the Souls not only had ties to BDs because they were a part of the Disciple alliance from 1966-1969, but they also had ties to the Gangster Nation because of their current leader. The Souls decided they did not want to break up the Black Souls into two gangs and instead the south side Souls adopted BGD concepts and adopted the heart with wings and pitchfork but refused to join Folks. They also began to call themselves the “Gangster Black Souls.” The GBS and MBS remained united and had connections to both BGDs, BDs, and 4chs. Throughout the 1970s, the Souls had grown in power by opening up territory along the Madison and Monroe AVE corridors. They also took a large chunk of the Rockwell Gardens housing projects.
In 1995 it is said that the MBS supplied high powered weapons to Four Corner Hustler gang leader Angelo Roberts as he attempted to blow up 3rd Police district station. The Black Souls have been rumored to always have a large cache of weapons and have been known to infiltrate the Chicago Police department.
SPECIAL THANKS TO ZOOK FOR WRITING THE HISTORY FOR THE BLACK SOULS