Junior Black Mafia Revisited

The Junior Black Mafia terrorized inner-city Philadelphia in the mid to late 80s. Since their arrests and convictions in federal and state courts their legacy has lived on in street lore and popular culture. Books have been written, fiction and nonfiction, movies made and magazine articles profiling the crew have appeared detailing their exploits as the baddest urban outlaws to walk Philly’s streets. Members like Aaron Jones, James Cole and Derrick Williams have given interviews from prison to street magazines like Don Diva and F.E.D.S. keeping the JBM’s mythology alive.

Back in the day Philly’s tabloid newspapers ran headline after headline on the crew exposing their “Get Down or Lay Down” motto, detailing their narcotics empire and highlighting the murders they were accused of carrying out and allegedly committed. Gorilla Convict Publications and author Seth Ferranti covered the story of JBM street boss Aaron Jones in Street Legends Vol. 1 but here we revisit the story with some additional information our readers might enjoy. You know we get our info from the source, so here is an exclusive, straight from the penitentiary from a Muslim brother in the know.

“The JBM started about 85,” Ock, the Muslim brother in the feds says. “From like 85 to 90 they had the city on lock. A five year run. Aaron had people do shit for him for real. He had his little crew that put in work for him. A crew that would go all out. A lot of dudes were real nervous around him because of that crew.” That’s because Aaron Jones had a lot of killers around him. Dudes that would bust their guns in a minute and they were armed to the teeth. In the hood, getting that weaponry wasn’t hard at all.

“Everybody had Tec 9s, Mac lls, Mac 10s. A lot of dudes liked Tec 9s. That was a favorite gun. A lot of 9mm’s and .45’s,” Ock says. “The whole Southwest Philly, a lot of cats was scared to go through there, Aaron is from Southwest Philly. There’s two projects down South Philly that were tough, Wilson Park and Passyunk Projects. Diamond Street in North Philly was rough too and Richard Allen Projects in North Philly. Tasker Projects in South Philly, that project was crazy. Little Saigon down 13th Street was a tough ass project on Fitzwater.” The inner-city of Philadelphia was rough all over but the JBM didn’t play. They put their goon hand down.

“They would drive up on the corner and say, ‘Where you getting your shit from? Well, you got 24 hours to get down or lay down.’” Ock says. A boriqua out of the Badlands tells about when Aaron Jones tried to push up on his homie Million Dollar Dave. “Aaron and his cronies rolled up. They got the Mac 10s. They were wearing Fila sweatsuits. They rolled up and then a money green Benz rolls up behind them and Aaron Jones gets out in a money green Fila sweatsuit and money green Adidas. He’s real casual like. His men are strapped but so are we. I’m holding the AR 15 and my man got the 9 mm. Aaron comes up and tells Million Dollar Dave that he’s got to get down or lay down but Dave doesn’t go for it. We run the Badlands, ain’t nobody coming up in here telling us what the fuck to do. So Aaron gets back in his Benz and leaves. The next day his guys rolled through again and lit us up. That was when I got shot. I busted back to, all of us did and when they saw that we meant business they left us alone and moved on to easier prey.” Dudes back then would literally get out of the car to do their thing. They would walk up on dudes. There wasn’t no drive bys. This wasn’t Cali, this was rough and tumble Philly. It was gun battles in the streets and on the corners. Fighting for inner-city supremacy.

In her book True to the Game, Teri Woods who is from Philly and was dating several of the big hustlers, fictionalized the JBM story. “If you look in the book True to the Game, they had a shootout in there.” Ock says. “It was a real event. At the High Rollers Club in 1991, at 59th and Market. Yo-yo was there that night. I seen these cats coming out front, they was arguing, they was like 5 on one side and 6 on the other side. It was like some Wild, Wild West shit, all of a sudden they started shooting. I rolled out, I broke around the block and rolled back around and these niggas was laying all out, bleeding. That was the JBM.”

The JBM would shoot it out but they were known for styling and profiling too. They had the clothes, jewelry and the cars. “The Fila sweatsuits, the Gucci sweatsuits- all different colors,” Ock says. “Aaron had a Benz back then- the 300. They were flossing driving Audi’s, BMW’s. On the door where the handles were at they had JBM emblems on the door handles. They had the rings with JBM and necklaces. When they got busted everybody said JBM meant, ‘Just Blowing Money.’ They went through everywhere. It was rough in South Philly but the JBM went down there. You had cats that was scared to come down there.”

Syrup was big with the JBM too. “There’s a syrup spot down in South Philly that the JBM used to go to. One on 17th and Jefferson. That’s called 7 block where all the syrup was at. Everybody was on the syrup back then. Motherfuckers in Philly been drinking the syrup since the 70s. Syrup was like one of the choice drugs with pot and cocaine before crack hit the scene.” Drunk on syrup, with money and power in spades and high caliber weapons galore the JBM were some dangerous dudes. But they were particularly nasty to their own.

“Leroy ‘Bucky’ Davis was one of Aaron’s lieutenants in southwest. He got killed in 89-90,” Ock says. “He was a little short dude, vicious fighter. He was a boxer. He was high up in that chain of JBM. Him and Aaron was like that. Him and Aaron had Southwest Philly. Bucky got killed on Creighton Street. He was coming home from a party with some broad. Bucky was trying to get a key into the door and these jokers shot him. He tried to get his gun out of his Ostrich skin boots and got aired out. The girl got in the car with the dudes and nobody ever saw the girl again, they said Aaron put the hit on Bucky because it was when Aaron was locked up and Bucky was supposed to get him some money and didn’t. He had a store called the Sugar Bowl on 50th and Springfield on top of the hill, they had little meetings down there talking about certain shit.” It was a deadly and vicious era but now all the members of the JBM are either dead or serving long sentences, even life in federal prison. Aaron Jones, the street boss of the JBM is on death row in Pennsylvania. Read his whole story in Street Legends Vol. 1. And check him out on this blog too.

19 Comments

  1. Didn’t know that niggas in Philly was on that syrup shit back in the day!!! And everyone thought that the south started that shit??? That shit goes to show you how much of an influence the east coast has on other regions of the country!!! Niggas are always talking about how they started this or started that, and they know they probably was schooled on shit from their “fam” from the east coast. Look at the gang culture, everyone wants to believe that the west coast started that shit, but I can recall a time when you heard more about gangs from New York and Chicago than anywhere else!!!

  2. SPiDaC MorGaN

    I gotta see that JaWN. Man y’all make sure y’all keep us posted. PHiLLy is a major part of this country’s history be it good or bad. Shot out to everybody who are makking a way.

  3. Ray

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  4. Wizzy

    Got iir right about Wilson Park be ruff! Dudes was dropping like flies all over the city in those days though. Shit, everybody knew somebody that either killed or got killed in their family then. Was a regular thing for broad daylight shoot outs….2-5

  5. 52ND WARRINGTON AVE.

    Only hood in Southwest Philly them JBM niggas didn’t have on lock and trust me them niggas tried they hardest.

    RIP KELLY BUCKRUM ED”BOO THE BARBER”PICKENS KEVIN”FAT KEV”JASPER BOBBY HAYES ERICA COLEMAN AND TYRONE”TURK SMITH FROM THE DELI BOYZ

  6. 52nd Warrington.The Deli boyz…Dont make me laugh. i wish i knew who this was talking that shit….You sound like a youngin whowasnt even out there…some johnny come lately nigga…The deli wasnt evenonthe map then…just a place to by beer and get a sandwich…Them niggas you named wasnt no killers…they wasnt like that…Yall deliyoung boys justcame out after everything died down as far Gang warring back and the day and the drug era with JBM….And during the Gang War ERA it was The O.G’s from Woodland Avenue…Cawley,EBOW, Country, Shubee, Docine, Doff, Onion, Warren, BUB, BAR, Hammer Head, and others who made that part of SuthWest what it was…yall other nigga’s gets no props….

  7. toomanygrandkids

    I saw this gang’s story on BET’S American Gangster. They were a disgrace which didn’t surprise me. They was so ugly and black, they could scare you in the daytime with a flashlight. If u wanna know what a gorilla looks like all u gotta do is take one look at them. You could tell they were some retarded ni**ers. Good to hear they are dead or locked up in cages where their black a**es need to be.

  8. BABYSID

    Hey my kid bro and i was feeling homesick and talking about home. Ran across some articles about our peeps. Grew up with Bucky and his sisters. My parents grew up up with thier parents as well. We lived and owned “The Water Ice Stand” on 51st and Kingsessing. Looking for a copy of Tailormade. Could someone please tell me how to aquire one. Damn a sister miss those days.

  9. Wiseman

    Its a shame to see black people boast about killing people and proud to be serving time in Jail this is why we are at the bottom of everything. I don’t respect no body that kills people they are all cowards and stupid and all you glorifying them on here is stupid as well. Wake up grow up and become something.

  10. KING WATR

    NO WHATS SAD IS THAT THERE IS NO BLACK ORGANATIONS ANY MORE. ITS NOT COOL TO ACT BLACK NOR HANG OUT WITH BLACK PEOPLE. WE JUST WATCH TV FULL BLACK PEOPLE AND TALK ABOUT HOW DUMB THEY ARE. I RESPECT EVERYTHING THEY DID. AT LEAST THEY WHERE REAL ASS PEOPLE.

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