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Former Gang Member Gives 15-Year-Old Wannabe Gangster A Reality Check

October 10, 2019

I wasn’t sure Dawson really understood what his future could look like if he keeps idealizing this criminal lifestyle. So I asked my friend Joseph to come and explain a few things to him. Joseph, come on out. How you doing boss? Have a seat. So you’ve been watching everything, right? Yes sir. And Chris and Dawn here are the parents, as you know. And Dawson here, he’s seems to be going to an awful lot of trouble to create this thug persona. He’s got pictures of him throwing gang signs and guns in his belt and standing in front of a Porsche. You’ve been in the life. What do you say about this? First of all it’s disrespectful. Very much. You got two loving parents right there, man. So something else is inside you that pushing you out there but to be a gang member and to think it’s cool, bro. I’ve been shot four times. By the time I was 25 I had 13 years incarcerated. I was first arrested at nine years old. But when I walked out of my house it was nothing but homies. When I walked back in my house my father was a homie. When he was not in prison. I thought those were the cards that were dealt to me. To hear to say that’s cool, it blows me away, youngster. It breaks my heart. To carry a gun, what are you gonna do when somebody runs up on you, and you gotta strap? You’re gonna pull the trigger. And then what you, you can’t get that life back, bro. I don’t think you’re a hard kid, you don’t have a heart? I have a heart. You got a heart, bro. There’s nothing cool about taking somebody’s life. I promise you. You were in the dukes at 11 years old, right? Yes sir. Is that someplace he wants to be? No sir, Disneyland is a good place to go. (audience laughing)
(audience applauding) The street life, bro, I don’t do the scared straight thing because you’re gonna be like ha ha. That’s what they all say. Going to prison sucks. My boys have died in my arms man. When I look at the videos you don’t look, and this is no disrespect to you as a person, you don’t look tough bro. But I’m not judging a book by it’s cover. You just gave yourself up on national TV. You’re going to jail. I was waiting for the police to come in. So your gang career is out of, it’s out of there. No it’s really gone, it’s done. (audience applauding)


  • Reply Dramaqn109 October 8, 2019 at 1:50 am

    He takes it as a joke he’s smirking

  • Reply Hello Hart October 8, 2019 at 2:00 am

    lmao it's not really funny but its so funny how fast this little dudes personality changed when the gang member came out. Baby faced boy aint cut out for this.

  • Reply LatIno October 8, 2019 at 2:07 am

    He listens to nba young boy

  • Reply Ninxo October 8, 2019 at 2:08 am

    My father was a crip he been in and out of
    Prison since I was a baby it took him 28years to get his life together he’s now 45 he barely got out two years ago trust me that gang life is not the way

  • Reply Alexander p October 8, 2019 at 2:13 am

    what set he from? woods?

  • Reply The Nayla Show October 8, 2019 at 2:20 am

    He look softer then a Teddy bear 🧸

  • Reply Nathaniel wowchuk October 8, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Pull the trigger. He barely tough enough to hurt a fly

  • Reply Episode Beats October 8, 2019 at 2:57 am

    Malibu's Most Wanted Part 2

  • Reply Gabriel Sturm October 8, 2019 at 3:23 am

    The kids bitchmade

  • Reply Brodee Gugelman October 8, 2019 at 3:35 am

    He can’t even look him in the eye

  • Reply This is Largemouth October 8, 2019 at 4:33 am

    That man has taken a life before. You could hear it in his voice when he was explaining it to this child. A lot of pain in that ex gang members eyes. Probably just what that kid needed.

  • Reply Pra5150 October 8, 2019 at 4:59 am

    The kid is a product of his environment can you blame him. He's from the streets of San Andreas. He has went to war with gangsters from Ganton and the ese's from East Los Santos. He's a EBK- Everybody Killa in my book.🤔

  • Reply ines_the_god69 69 October 8, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Woahhvicky come get your brother

  • Reply Jonathan Nguyen October 8, 2019 at 5:22 am

    hes white.

  • Reply PROD BY Q October 8, 2019 at 7:05 am

    He’s in Mayans M.C.

  • Reply Takane Deqmn October 8, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Damm no cap if that fatass run up in me huh you dont want it bro I'm telling yall 🔫🔫🔫

  • Reply franchis masquil jr October 8, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Consequences kkkk

  • Reply Rushil Dogra October 8, 2019 at 9:08 am

    This kid will start crying on getting jumped

  • Reply TBH at kk October 8, 2019 at 10:09 am

    To much fortnite

  • Reply hien nguyen October 8, 2019 at 11:28 am

    He would be eaten alive in a Gang!!!!!!!! LOL

  • Reply X A V I U S C R O F T October 8, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    He look like a snitch.

  • Reply Jerry Woodson October 8, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Looks like a Klan member if that….

  • Reply Jerry Woodson October 8, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Mass shooter alert….

  • Reply karuFN October 8, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    It’s weird how the kid finds it funny with the stupid smirk on his face

  • Reply Ben-O October 8, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Lil boy looks like ohgeesy

  • Reply Sian Francis October 8, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    that man has really changed his life around

    alsowhy is the comment section not disabled

  • Reply Melody Thomas October 8, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    That little boy lost all street cred he thought he had when he appeared on this show like that man said 😂

  • Reply sameer srivats October 8, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Kid is laughing

  • Reply Big Slave64 October 8, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Doc Phil has gang respect? 😂

  • Reply macavalli October 8, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Dawson a real G. He see right through this Mexican paid actors facade. 😌 Real recognize real & Dawson don't know this homes, he just laughing, straight disrespect! 🤣

  • Reply macavalli October 8, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Why Dawson look like he bout to burst out laughing? 🤣

  • Reply Barahona9197 October 8, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Everyone Gangsta Till Dr.Phil Pull Up

  • Reply OGH October 8, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Lol why ain’t they clap when he came out

  • Reply jeremiah plays October 8, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    most people live the street life because they have to to survive but dawson got two white parents to take care of him

  • Reply DEVIL CSGO October 8, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Not even the balls to look the men in the eyes

  • Reply Nexzul October 8, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    this kid looks like the type of kid to play pokémon cards all day in his room

  • Reply Chris Pimentel October 8, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    When he mentioned Disneyland the place for this kid to be My Respect went thru the roof for this guy 💯

  • Reply Camilo Reyes October 8, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    This guy’s a gangster? His reals name Dawson😭💀

  • Reply wanderer's View October 8, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Send him to India..Some belan and belt treatment will treat him well …

  • Reply ManuelToFresh October 8, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    This is satisfying I wish every wanna be gangster see this

  • Reply Ry C1 October 8, 2019 at 11:06 pm


  • Reply Christocream October 8, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Lol just show him a picture of jail. That will fix it up but if he dont care then screw it and let him learn the hard way

  • Reply johnathan hurst October 9, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Once again Dr. Phil dont take no Ls

  • Reply Jay Leonard October 9, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Just realized this dude is on mayans

  • Reply Sparky Lit October 9, 2019 at 1:14 am

    This foo thinks he claims but he be looking hella gay. he looks like a snitch😂😂

  • Reply MrCamexx October 9, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Im not gonna lie, Im white, but I like throwing gang signs when Im with my freinds but it dosent mean anything.

  • Reply _senpaiserpen • October 9, 2019 at 1:42 am

    I bet the most dangerous thing this kid has done was Rob old lady's and the principal's office.

  • Reply _senpaiserpen • October 9, 2019 at 1:44 am

    He got that 2011 justin Bieber hair cut

  • Reply Ky June October 9, 2019 at 2:04 am

    If he was a gangster he woulda squared up

  • Reply Riggity Ree October 9, 2019 at 3:02 am

    As key and peele once said “Consequences!”

  • Reply Zuku Shimo October 9, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Can’t even keep an eye contact

  • Reply bhoot jolakia October 9, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Mr inbetween.

  • Reply Pyro Music October 9, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Are we gonna ignore the fact this man was first arrested at 9 years old 😂

  • Reply Issue Rushing October 9, 2019 at 3:40 am

    The only thing this kid is fighting is diabetes ( stolen comment )

  • Reply Chamorrita Jaz October 9, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Love when gang members who change their lives around talking to youths who try to live a gangster life

  • Reply Zach October 9, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Pop culture.

  • Reply Spalll October 9, 2019 at 4:42 am

    They shouldve invited prison mike instead

  • Reply Hurley Gonzalez October 9, 2019 at 5:17 am

    The fat Justin Bieber thinks he’s a gangster cmon bro this can’t get anymore entertaining

  • Reply John Arizon October 9, 2019 at 7:12 am

    You gonna tell me a gabacho is a gang member

  • Reply Shan Shan229 October 9, 2019 at 8:25 am

    When the ex gang member started speaking FACTS "BABY FACE" couldn't even look him in the eyez🤦🏽‍♀️

  • Reply Eliazar Bonilla October 9, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Lmaoo id run that kids lunch money fym

  • Reply Alen Zmaj October 9, 2019 at 10:19 am

    0:20 Justin Bieber lol

  • Reply Davidowusu101 October 9, 2019 at 11:15 am

    I saw a beyond scared straight video right next to it I think he should go there

  • Reply AL0 NZ0 October 9, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Dat kid ain’t hard if he went to my school tryna act like dat my friends Would blow his mf head off ong

  • Reply Tony Major October 9, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Kid joined on crew on gta don’t know how to act

  • Reply Ian Worthington October 9, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I cant take anyone serious sat without their feet touching the floor 😂😂

  • Reply Ruben Lujan October 9, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Kid wont even look him in the eyes

  • Reply marky hernandez October 9, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Ain’t he from Mayans ? Lmao

  • Reply Quinton N October 9, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    This guy looks no where near a gangster , this guy can’t even look into his eyes and that says a lot, of he can’t do that how is going to act gang 😂

  • Reply Quinton N October 9, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    The guy snitches himself goes on tv because he thinks it’s cool,then realises he can’t be “gang” anymore because everyone knows him 😂

  • Reply Mitchell Lucas October 9, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    That man speaks the truth , I've been to prison , I've lived a rough life , it's not the life for anyone , I sure hope little buddy straightens up his act before be has to go threw that and Disneyland is way better then prison 😂😂😂

  • Reply ChAoTiC_CJ October 9, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    he don't even care

  • Reply swadey 2.0 October 9, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Then I got trampled by buffalos, conveniences…

  • Reply Nexiid October 9, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Explain to me why those chairs are so freaking high

  • Reply little dick little dick yea dats me October 9, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Imagine being gangster looking down getting ready to cry over someone getting talked too

  • Reply Nicole Rosales October 9, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    The stupid kid thinks it’s funny…he can’t even look at the guys eyes..

  • Reply George Worsley October 9, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    This kid look like he about to drop salty springs

  • Reply Manuel Gonzalez October 9, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    He look like the kind of kid who would snitch on you for reading a AR book that’s not in your reading level

  • Reply Sing With Me October 9, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    They should have brought out Prison Mike.

  • Reply Hustle X MC October 9, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Respect 👊

  • Reply ganipun October 9, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Skittle heads(6ix9ine)these days make it seem cool to be a gangster. Pathetic those are the leaders we are following

  • Reply rob bouchard October 9, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    That punk kid was actually laughing during that guys speech to him.

  • Reply Luis Espinoza October 9, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Beyond scared straight

  • Reply lifematch October 9, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    The guy speech even hit me to the core, and i am actually living a decent life atm.

  • Reply Benny October 10, 2019 at 12:03 am


  • Reply Johnny Money chasing October 10, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Disney land is a good place to go

  • Reply Omer K October 10, 2019 at 12:45 am

    This nugget of a mid being in a gang memeber? Haha.

  • Reply hypnocil10 October 10, 2019 at 1:20 am

    this little kid is a gangsta , what a joke

  • Reply sean daley October 10, 2019 at 1:39 am


  • Reply OfficialTitoBang October 10, 2019 at 1:49 am

    "Disney Land is a good place to go"

  • Reply Mike Rules October 10, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Kid looks like he was trying not to smile the whole time

  • Reply All Might October 10, 2019 at 2:40 am

    I know this has nothing to do with ethnicity but this shows it’s not about skin color or nationality it’s how u grow up

  • Reply bigfoot bigfootington October 10, 2019 at 2:58 am

    I'd slap the dogshit out of that little boi and tap R3 to teebag him after

  • Reply vmiiax October 10, 2019 at 3:24 am

    He’s not gangster he’s not even looking the man in the eye and he’s smirking how sad.

  • Reply Hehejj Jsishsjd October 10, 2019 at 3:50 am

    BDK gangster: what you claiming?
    This kid: I’m from KKK

  • Reply Anthony Davis October 10, 2019 at 4:31 am

    He plays Creeper Vargas in Mayans MC

  • Reply LJ B October 10, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Dawson’s Crip

  • Reply Alex Trujillo October 10, 2019 at 7:51 am

    I need his arm routine

  • Reply kobe October 10, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Why are the chairs so tall

  • Reply Kim Jung The Great October 10, 2019 at 9:35 am

    The most dangerous people are not dangerous people it's the people who tryin to prove that they dangerous people.

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