South Central, set in the eponymous region of Los Angeles, is centered around Bobby Johnson (Glenn Plummer). He is a member of the Hoover Street Deuces, a prominent gang that is constantly vying for control of South Central. It opens with him, having been recently released from Youth Authority, meeting up with his best friends including Ray Ray (Byron Keith Minns).
They accompany him as he makes his rounds, catching up on life he missed, including with Carole (LaRita Shelby), his girlfriend who had their son while he was locked up. After an altercation, members of the Hoover Deuces, or simply called “Deuce”, meet where Ray Ray brings them in on a new opportunity to make money … involvement in dealing crack cocaine to those in their community.