In 1992 at the ‘Truce Picnic’ in Cali, Tupac was instrumental in getting rival members of the Crips and Bloods to sign the Code Of THUG LIFE.

He and Mutulu Shakur had helped write up the ‘code’ , with help from other ‘og’s’.

The Code of THUG LIFE is listed here.It details do’s and don’ts for being a righteous thug and banger.


  1. All new Jacks to the game must know: a) He’s going to get rich. b) He’s going to jail. c) He’s going to die.
  2. Crew Leaders: You are responsible for legal/financial payment commitments to crew members; your word must be your bond.
  3. 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.
  4. Crew leader and posse should select a diplomat, and should work ways to settle disputes. In unity, there is strength!
  5. Car jacking in our Hood is against the Code.
  6. Slinging to children is against the Code.
  7. Having children slinging is against the Code.
  8. No slinging in schools.
  9. Since the rat Nicky Barnes opened his mouth; ratting has become accepted by some. We’re not having it.
  10. Snitches is outta here.
  11. The Boys in Blue don’t run nothing; we do. Control the Hood, and make it safe for squares.
  12. No slinging to pregnant Sisters. That’s baby killing; that’s genocide!
  13. Know your target, who’s the real enemy.
  14. Civilians are not a target and should be spared.
  15. Harm to children will not be forgiven.
  16. Attacking someone’s home where their family is known to reside, must be altered or checked.
  17. Senseless brutality and rape must stop.
  18. Our old folks must not be abused.
  19. Respect our Sisters. Respect our Brothers.
  20. Sisters in the Life must be respected if they respect themselves.
  21. Military disputes concerning business areas within the community must be handled professionally and not on the block.
  22. No shooting at parties.
  23. Concerts and parties are neutral territories; no shooting!
  24. Know the Code; it’s for everyone.
  25. Be a real ruff neck. Be down with the code of the Thug Life.
  26. Protect yourself at all times..

“I didn’t create T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., I diagnosed it.”

– Tupac Shakur

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2 Responses to Code of THUG LIFE

  1. Amir Hodari says:

    If only we still lived by the code, the streets would b a lot safer. THUG LIFE. SOLID WORLD 4 EVER

    • Sanyika Shakur says:

      Rev. Greetings! i remember Comrad-Brother Mutulu had the Thug Life Code sent to me while i was in Pelican Bay SHU in 1994. i endorsed it and swore my allegience to its morals and ethics. i had pretty much lived it any way, but it was good to see the Comrad take the initiative to frame it and dissiminate it to the Street Forces. i sent a copy to Tookie on death row, and it is evident in his Blue Rage Black Redemption, in his calls for peace and unity that he read and agreed with it. i Love, Honor and Respect this Brother Mutulu. It is because of him that iam, today, a Shakur. Free The Land!

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