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Recently I mused about how some local rap artists, specifically Chief Keef, are emblematic of Chicago's violence problem. Now, police are looking into possible connections between Keef and the shooting death of one of his “rivals,” Lil Jojo (aka 18-year-old Joseph Coleman). Police think the shooting may be part of a gang war between the Gangster Disciples and the Black Disciples, to which Keef has been tied. So far, there have been no solid connections between Keef and the murder, much less any charges. But Keef did draw attention from police for a tweet following Coleman’s death: “Its Sad Cuz Dat Nigga Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO.” Of course, Keef later played the tired “my account was hacked” card.
The story doesn’t end there, though. Last night, Lupe Fiasco was dragged into the argument after last week admitting that the violence espoused by rappers like Keef scares him. Keef responded yesterday with a clear, mature volley: “Lupe fiasco a hoe ass nigga And wen I see him I'ma smack him like da lil bitch he is #300.” And thus the discourse continues everywhere, including the media that's put Keef on a pedestal to begin with.
By: Marcus Gilmer
(courtesy of the artist)
Rapper Chief Keef