This gang’s deep roots begin on the west coast in 1971 by its founders Raymond Washington and Stanley “Tookie” Williams. It wasn’t until the late 80s they migrated to Atlanta. The majority of the members are African American and their signature wearing of the color blue to organize against police violence.
The gang has evolved over the years proving that it was not the stereotypical street gang. Members such as Snoop Dogg and Killer Mike meet with others to discuss legal and legitimate business ideas, to capitalize on that they have been branding for over 50 years. This ensures Crips aren’t just labeled as a black gang but a marketable business with humanity.
Eventually, the gang lands on a new brand of soda with Exotic Pop, Crip-a-Cola. Proving a gang can build a brand and business including handling a new market rival (Blood Pop soda produced by the Crips’ rival gang, the Bloods).
Although Cola has a signature sweet dark rooted classic taste with a hint of grape to finish.
Kenneth Doniell Moore better known as Big Moe, was a music legend and pioneer of the Drank Movement in Houston, TX. He is well known for his influence on the rap culture in the city. His music changed the game while his lean-sipping lifestyle crowned Houston as the City of Syrup.
Big Moe, also known as the Barre Baby began his career in Houston’s Third Ward. As one of the founding members of the Screwed Up Click, he signed with Wreckshop Records and released his debut album. His combination of melodic rapping and singing was unprecedented. This unique style earned him several awards and a No. 3 album on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Big Moe was a Houston icon long before his untimely death in 2007 at the age of 33.
His mother aka Mama Moe, played a large role in Big Moe pursuing his dream and his legacy. He continues to live on through his music and will always be a celebrated piece of Houston rap history. In 2019, with the approval of Mama Moe, Exotic Pop created a soda to commemorate what would have been the 45th birthday of late artist. The Big Moe Bar Yar soda has a light fizzy, but syrupy, grape taste. It is bold, robust, and tastes like the “purple stuff” which Big Moe has popularized. Welcome to the purple world!
The blood gang was also founded in LA and wear the signature red color. They are widely known for the rivalry with the Crips. Their
In the 1960s Raymond Washinton and several other Crips confronted Sylvester Scott and Benson Owens, students at Centennial High School in Compton. The attack established the Piru street-gang, the first "Bloods" street gang. Membership soon rose dramatically as did the number of states in which they were present. These increases were primarily driven by profits from crack cocaine distribution. The huge profits allowed members to relocate in other cities and states. Each set has its own leader and generally operates independently from the others.
The street gang life that was lived in previous years has taken a backseat to the social media beef that exist today.
Rapper Killer Mike, has a unique perspective and encourages the opportunities for the bloods to engage in other business ventures.
The men have been encouraged to give back more to the community that may have been harmed during the groups days of crack distribution.
The taste of Blood Cola not only leaves you feeling nostalgic but the classic, intense cola taste awakens a sense of pride for those who have fought the battle.
Born into music royalty, Christian “King” Combs is no stranger to the hip hop lifestyle. He has been walking the runways, acting and rapping since his early teens. The youngest son of Sean “Puffy” Combs and late model Kimberly Porter is leading the sibling clan with his music career. Christian officially signed to Bad Boy Records in 2016, gearing up to take the baton with his own bravado. Christian combs along with exotic pop created Wave Juice.
This wave juice is suave and refreshingly smooth. It offers a short gush of tartness, followed by the sweet surge of raspberry and promises to leave you feeling so wavy. The debut of Wave Juice fits perfectly with the release of his hot single Surf featuring a custom Exotic Pop Wave Juice soda cooler in the music video. With the release of his EP receiving high fanfare, this is just the tip of the iceberg for what's to come from this rising star.