Rapper Ray J has his R+B star sister Brandy to thank for saving him from a
life of crime and killing when he became a member of Los Angeles' notorious
Ray J, real name RAY NORWOOD, has revealed he got mixed up in Los Angeles'
gang wars when he was living in Carson, California, as a teenager.
He tells urban magazine SMOOTH, "A lot of young black kids get caught up
in the ghetto, and I did. But luckily, I was able to go tell my momma and
Brandy right before anything crazy happened.
"I told them I was in a lot of trouble and I really wanted to get away
because I felt something dangerous was going to happen. Something tragic. There
was a lot of gunplay and I was getting shot at a lot.
"So I moved to North Hollywood with my godsister TRACY, and from there, I
changed my life."