Chief Keef Accused Of Increasing Gang Violence In Chicago

Chief Keef is one of the most celebrated artists amongst a young demographic. But Chief Keef’s rise to success hasn’t come without controversy.

Members of Fearless Leading By The Youth (FLY), a group advocating social justice reform in Chicago, say Chief Keef’s music has led to a rise in gang violence in their city during an interview with Thomas Morton of Noisey is episode seven of “Chiraq” documentary.

Candice Turner told Morton there isn’t any positive music being streamed.

“Chief Keef and them, you know rapping about all the gang stuff and it ain’t enough people rapping about positive stuff,” she said. “…If you turn on any rap song, only thing they talk about is money, drugs and women. That’s the influence and it is kinda sad they never put out positivity.

Darius Lightfoot, co-founder of FLY, says Chief Keef rise to fame in mainstream media prompted other to aspire to be “rappers,” “drillers” and “drug dealers.”

Cierra Williams of FLY echoed Lightfoot’s sentiment.

“…Since he made it, didn’t nobody ever thought they could make it out of Chicago rapping with this type of music making it to the industry,” Williams said. “You know by his type of music making it to the industry, now everybody in Chicago thinks their gang music can make it into the industry.”

“That’s why everybody in Chicago is just for the gangbanging now….because everybody want that chance to get on…in the rap industry,” she continued. “So they gon kill each other. They just going at war with each other killing each other. It makes the gang violence worse cause everybody wanna know who up next and stuff.”

“I don’t think no one else could do it cause in the long run people gonna get tired of listening to this music like that,” she said. “If somebody gonna try to do it, they better do it now before it’s tto late…while Chicago’s hot because one Chicago ain’t hot…they ain’t gonna have no chance.”

The Chicago Police Department let their stance against Sosa be known in a Chicago Sun Times report.

The CPD attributed Chief Keef’s raps about “Lamron” to their efforts in curbing violence and crime in the gang sect, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

They additionally attributed a rise in gang violence between Lamron and Bricksquad to Sosa.

Sosa hasn’t been able to perform a show in Chicago with the CPD’s watchful eye on him.

A fan asked Sosa about a possible show in Chicago, but the Interscope rapper said authorities won’t allow it.

“Police won’t let me,” he said.

Lamron is Normal spelled backwards. It is a territory between the Dan Ryan Expy. and Halsted Street from 59th to 67th.

“A lot of this spiked with the Lil’ JoJo and Chief Keef stuff,” Nicholas Roti, chief of the department’s Organized Crime Bureau, told the Sun-Times. “They [gangs] started going back and forth with shootings.”

In 2012, Chief Keef openly mocked slain Chicago rapper Lil JoJo’s death on Twitter.

Police began an effort to focus their resources on controlling crime in the Lamron neighborhood.

Police alleged their efforts helped curb the violence as shooting incidents are down.

Leo Schmitz, deputy chief of the Englewood District, told the Sun Times his officers have “made more than 250 felony arrests and more than 900 misdemeanor arrests; recovered more than 80 guns, and impounded more than 250 vehicles” in the Lamron neighborhood.

Police have additionally kept a watchful eye on Chief Keef.

Chief Keef was arrested June 17, 2013 only minutes after leaving a court hearing for a speeding violation. Police nabbed the Sosa on a month-old trespassing charge.

Police allegedly had machine guns drawn on the rapper upon his arrest.

A security guard from the Parkway Gardens housing complex, a stronghold for the Black Disciples, filed a complaint against Keef for being on the property, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Sosa explained to followers via Twitter why he doesn’t go back to visit his O’Block neighborhood.

Twitter user OBGeezy The General @OB_Geezy asked Sosa, “@ChiefKeef Y U Just Ride Pass The Block And Don’t Stop Cum Fem 4 My Bday.”

Keef replied, “Cuz on Odee bro The police said I cant Come outside and If dey see me dey Gone get me everytime No time fad at.”

“But on O Da Feds Watchin me Niggas A Kill U If I said I Gave Rappin Up,” he added.

A member of the O’Block Black Disciples went more in detail on that arrest incident, proclaiming that police harassed Chief Keef and damaged the “I Ain’t Done Turnin Up” rapper’s prized BMW X6 M during an arrest incident.

In footage that surfaced online, the BD said Keef was in the neighborhood, but police soon arrived.

“He was just over here on Dave,” he said. “The police did his car bogus ass hell. They towed his shit, scratched his shit, his seats scarred the bitches up. He ain’t supposed to be in here. The cops did the car bogus.”

Violence in Chicago has existed long before Chief Keef. The murder rate in Chicago reached its peak in the early 90s.

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  • lil jay

    fuck sosa!

  • Anonymous

    dumbest shit ever. violence always existed here. stupid shit

  • no opps allowed

    chief keef been in jail most of the time and has dropped horrible mixtapes. niggas only turnt up between bricksquad n lamron but other than that nah

  • lackin

    Im not from chiraq but from an outsider’s perspective it seems like Sosa motivated niggas to focus more on rap than on street shit so they could get a deal like he did. And that’s positive. How else you sposed to get out the hood when nowhere will give you a job? We all seen the statistics, nobody wants to give a young black man a job in Chicago.

    • Ganja

      Exactly Chief Keef saved Chicago even his opps cause if it wasn’t for Sosa nobody woulda gave a fuck he jump started everybody in chiraq career niggas owe him a thank you

    • Big Papa

      true. i don’t know what the motherfuckers was talking about in the movie but chief keef provided hope to other chiraq niggas to do music. chicago bringing back hip hop in my opinion.

  • Will

    The gang related murder rate in Chicago was three times as high around 1992. At the time, house music, the music of love and peace was big in the streets. Facts. Noone gave two shits about these communities then.

    The only difference now is that the kids rapping have national attention. The kids are talented. I hear a lot of good music even if the message is a confused one that expresses deep rooted pain. The world needs to listen to the sounds coming from those streets and try to understand.

    It’s too bad if this movement and it’s attention gets shut off by ignorance on both sides.

    • Donnell

      real shit man

  • Anonymous

    This the reason i dont listen to rappers like him no more example….. Lil Jay last year everything was bdk this bdk that now i just haven’t listened to none of his new shit and aint that clown bd? He a cheerleader just like Chief Keef… All these Chicago rappers rap about killing and got 5 dead opps and got 50-60 niggas on they side in they gang and say they kill niggas how is that possible, whats make them the killas in they group if all they do is rap.

    • Anonymous

      Lil Jay is a insane BD. Sucka

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t care if he was a insane dick blower he a cheerleader not some killer.

  • drosenumbaone

    To say Chief Keef is the direct cause of gang violence in Chicago is like saying that guns kill people. This man completely ignores all the other major factors that cause people in inner cities to join gangs and commit crimes in the first place – poverty, lack of positive role models, single parent homes, peer pressure, and limited education, to name a few. All Chief Keef (and others) did was open up a realm of music exposing, for the most part, the gritty reality for many gang members in the city. This is nothing new; it’s Chicago’s newer form of gangsta rap. Gone are the days of Crucial Conflict and Twista. The rap scene in Chicago had been dead for a while, but Chief Keef (and others) helped put Chicago back on the map. Chief Keef may not be the best role model for youths, but it’s a ridiculously far stretch to say that he is the main cause of the gang violence here.

  • Chad

    sosa a bitch

  • juicejones

    These stupid muhfukkas will say anything…… I wonder how many chief keef songs Mickey Cogswell, Larry Hoover, Jeff Fort listened to?????? Probably NONE BECAUSE NIGGAS LIKE THAT WERE HERE BEFORE any chief keef

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