Death of Malik “Richie Jerk” Delphie

From the National Gun Violence Memorial

    Drill fans received sad news on May 7, when it came out that rapper Malik “Richie Jerk” Delphie was shot and killed while driving, crashing his car in the process. Richie Jerk is known for being the blood brother of successful Chicago rapper Billionaire Black (real name Latice Delphie) and also for his less-than-serious stint with rapping. While part of local Chicago gang “Tyquan Way”, Richie had a reputation for his involvement in an underground single and music video named aptly for their affiliation: “Tyquan Way” was a slapper that checked every box for 2017-era drill and took the city by storm. It is now sitting at 1.2 million views on YouTube, and many consider the effort to be timeless. This is the most tragic tale of “Tyquan Way”.

TB, Poppie, Richie Jerk – Tyquan Way (Music Video)

    In early 2017, YouTuber TURKTHETEC uploaded “Tyquan Way”, a drill music video by Sherrod “Poppie” Rhyme, Terry “TB” Barry, and Malik “Richie Jerk” Delphie. A repetitive, jingle-like melody fades in, as does the video which takes place in a dark house and front yard. The atmosphere is most sinister as the screen fills with firearms and gang slang t-shirts. Within seconds TB is confidently ad-libbing even more of it to open the first verse. The song has no hook, all three rappers proceed to belt out sizable chunks of rhyme-power back-to-back. If you aren’t accustomed to the culture however, chances are you won’t understand most of what they are saying.

The Tyquan Way Backstory

Sherrod “Poppy” Rhyme and Terry “TB” Barry

    The Southern-Chicago gang “TW” or “Tyquan Way” got it’s name after the murder of a 13-year-old innocent bystander, Tyquan Tyler. While attending a party in Woodlawn, Tyquan was the victim of stray bullets as gunmen blindly opened fire into a crowd over gang issues. Before two men were eventually charged with his murder, the particular neighborhood that he was from adopted the name “Tyquan Way” in his honor (now mostly referred to as just “TW”).


The Gangland Politics

    Historically, the root affiliations of the TW set are those of Folk nation / Gangster Disciple origin. The figures involved in this set and it’s allies have publicly been mortal enemies with Black Disciple rappers like Chief Keef, Lil Durk, and more recently King Von. These beefs extend into the streets and date back almost a decade, stemming from the dropped bodies of beloved gang cohorts. The tension is made painfully obvious in Chicago drill music: Artists from both sides lyrically tear down their rivals in the most disrespectful ways. The names of the dead are brought up and in-dignified, and those that are still living are tirelessly threatened.

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“Shout-out Lil Bubba and shout-out to Jerk, Wooski and Lil Twan put n*ggas in dirt”

Rapped by TB on “Tyquan Way

“…Lil Boo, fuck tire head, we gonna scratch his ass”

Rapped by Richie Jerk on “Tyquan Way“. Richie mentions “opp” Lil Boo, who he refers to as “tire head” due to the fact that a bystander circulated a photo of murdered Lil Boo with his head resting against a car tire. Richie Jerk was boastful about the phrase he coined, which was heard many more times in drill music after “Tyquan Way”.

    The lyrics to “Tyquan Way” provide a glimpse into the specific gang-related issues that TW are going through at the time. Most of their headache arises from the successes of Black Disciple rival sets that have been taking off in music for years. All three artists rap non-stop about shooting their guns and who is going to be at the receiving end. The grape vine will tell you that while Richie Jerk is a reputable name in Chicago, TB and Poppie were very well respected “hitters” for their sets. These men only rapped incidentally as a clout-capitalization. 

More on page 2…

The deaths of Poppie and TB, a blog post from one of TB’s teachers + more.