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The huge profits from distribution of crack cocaine induced many Crips to establish new markets in other cities and states.
As a result, Crip membership grew steadily and by late 1980s it was one of the largest street gangs in the country.
The name "Cribs" evolved into the name "Crips" when gang members began carrying around canes to display their "pimp" status.
The Crips leadership was dismantled prompting a deadly gang war between the Rollin' 60 Neighborhood Crips and Eight Tray Gangster Crips which began causing nearby Crip sets to choose sides and align themselves with either the Gangster Crips or Neighborhood Crips waging an all out war in South Central and other cities.The states with the highest estimated number of "Crips sets" are California, Florida and Illinois.Members typically consist of young African-American men, with some members being white, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander.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.
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Some sources suggest that the original name for the alliance, "Cribs", was a name narrowed down from a list of many options, and chosen unanimously from three final choices, which included the Black Overlords, and the Assassins.