The origin of the word ‘cray’ from the “N*ggas in Paris” single is not actually the shortened form of crazy, nor is it cray. It’s actually ‘Kray’ and it’s in reference to the schizophrenic Kray twins, Ronald and Reginald Kray. The Kray twins were the crime lords of London in the 50s and 60s. The police failed to locate them on several occasions, which is where the line ‘…ball so hard, muf*ckas wanna find me…that sh!t kray … that sh!t kray … that sh!t kray’ comes from.
Reginald “Reggie” Kray (24 October 1933 – 1 October 2000) & Ronald “Ronnie” Kray (24 October 1933 – 17 March 1995) were the foremost perpetrators of organized crime in London’s East End during the 1950s and 1960s. Ronald commonly referred to as Ron or Ronnie, was said to have most likely suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. The Krays were involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, violent assaults including torture and the murders of Jack “The Hat” McVitie and George Cornell. As West End nightclub owners, they mixed with prominent entertainers including Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and politicians. The Krays were highly feared within their social environment, and in the 1960s they became celebrities in their own right, being photographed by David Bailey and interviewed on television. They were arrested on 9 May 1968 and convicted in 1969 by the efforts of a squad of detectives led by Detective Superintendent Leonard “Nipper” Read, and were both sentenced to life imprisonment.