The Gramercy Riffs
The Riffs Begin to Marshall
Gang Info

Cyrus (Formerly)

Main Lieutenant:

Masai (Formerly)


Gramercy, Manhattan


The Rogues
The Savage Huns


The Van Cortlandt Rangers
The Saracens
The Warriors
The Baseball Furies
The Hi-Hats


Tucked in black shirts. They formerly wore orange karate gis while the lieutenants had black karate gis.

Yeah, right!
~ The Gramercy Riffs' war cry

The Gramercy Riffs are a fictional New York City gang in 1979. The Riffs are the biggest gang in New York.


The Gramercy Riffs, commonly known as simply the Riffs are the largest and most powerful gang in all of New York City, from Gramercy Park. They are led by Masai, formerly Cyrus until his death. Their only known business seems to be illegal gambling.

All of their members are African-American or Hispanic and wear either orange, black, black and white, or brown robes. After the death of Cyrus, they all seem to have changed their attire to black shirts and pants.


The Riffs, along with Cyrus, shared a vision of the gangs of New York controlling everything instead of competing for turf. The Riffs would naturally be the controlling/enforcement arm while the rest of the gangs did the everyday work. This vision was shattered when Luther of the Rogues murdered Cyrus at the meeting. In the chaos, Luther blamed the killing on the Warriors. The Riffs responded by killing Cleon and placing the Warriors under a bounty - dead or alive.


  • AJ (Soldier)
  • Calvin (Soldier)
  • Cecil (Soldier)
  • Cesar (Soldier)
  • Cleaver (Soldier)
  • Cliffton (Soldier)
  • Cyrus (Former Warlord; Deceased)
  • Darrius (Soldier)
  • Ezekiel (Soldier)
  • Hannibal (Lieutenant)
  • Huey (Soldier)
  • Jamal (Soldier)
  • Jerome (Soldier)
  • King (Soldier)
  • Kyran (Soldier)
  • Malachi (Soldier)
  • Malcolm (Soldier)
  • Martin (Soldier)
  • Masai (Warlord; Former Main Lieutenant)
  • Miles (Soldier)
  • Montel (Soldier)
  • Moses (Soldier)
  • Mumia (Lieutenant)
  • Screetch (Soldier)
  • Seal (Lieutenant)
  • Sheldon (Soldier)
  • Slim (Soldier)
  • Spazz (Lieutenant)
  • Stokely (Soldier)

In the FilmEdit

The Warriors "bopped" their way back to Coney Island, with Ajax being arrested and Fox being killed, but they survived, both infuriating (and impressing) the Riffs. The Riffs were eventually convinced of the Warriors' innocence by an outside gang member who saw what really happened. The Riffs then secretly tracked the Warriors and the Rogues back to Coney Island, where they let the Warriors go and presumably killed (or severely punished) Luther and his Rogues.

In the GameEdit

Earlier missions revolve around the Warriors' trying to get on the Riffs' network.

Cyrus is also shown in several cutscenes explaining his idea to his Warchief, Masai.

The Warriors first encounter the Riffs in Boys In Blue, speaking to Spazz at their gambling club on how to make it to the Red Devil. The Warriors don't encounter the Riffs again until the end of Come Out To Play, which plays out exactly as it did in the film.



  • There is a Canadian indie rock band called Gramercy Riffs. The name is inspired by the gang.
  • They have the most members out of all the gangs in New York.
  • It is unknown why the members wear tucked in black shirts in the end of the film and Jailbreak, probably because of Cyrus's death.


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