The East Coast Crips and the Hoover Crips directly severed their alliance after Washington's death.
By 1980, the Crips were in turmoil, warring with the Bloods and against each other.
Initially, Crips leaders did not occupy leadership positions, but were recognized as leaders because of their personal charisma and influence.
Members typically consist of young African-American men, with some members being white, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander.By 1971, a gang on Piru Street in Compton, California, known as the Piru Street Boys, was formed and associated themselves with the Crips as a set.After two years of peace, a feud began between the Piru Street Boys and the other Crip sets.The Crips became popular throughout southern Los Angeles as more youth gangs joined; at one point they outnumbered non-Crip gangs by 3 to 1, sparking disputes with non-Crip gangs, including the L. Brims, Athens Park Boys, the Bishops, The Drill Company, and the Denver Lanes.By 1971 the gang's notoriety had spread across Los Angeles.Williams, in his memoir, further refuted claims that the group was a spin-off of the Black Panther Party or formed for a community agenda, the name "depicted a fighting alliance against street gangs—nothing more, nothing less." Williams recalled that a blue bandana was first worn by Crips founding member Buddha, as a part of his color-coordinated clothing of blue Levi's, a blue shirt, and dark blue suspenders.