Rapper The Game Expresses Sympathy for Lil JoJo and Chicago

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Rapper The Game took to Twitter and Instagram to express sympathy for the Chiacago’s climbing murder rate and the death of 16-year-old Chicago rapper Lil’ JoJo. Lil JoJo, born Joseph Coleman, was murdered in a hail of gunfire Tuesday night hours following a dispute with a member of Keef’s camp. Coleman allegedly had an ongoing dispute with Chief Keef’s entourage and members of the Black Disciple street gang.

The Game tweeted a message he posted on his Instagram regarding the tragic shooting. The Compton rapper, who is no stranger to rap beefs himself, revealed he spoke with Lil JoJo about slowing down his lifestyle. The rapper wrote:

“R.I.P. to the lil homie Joseph “Lil Jo Jo” Coleman @osoarrogantjojo gunned down in Chicago yesterday !!! I would joke wit em when he hit me on DM bout how hard he was goin in the streets & told em’ to slow down .. & he replied: “I’m on be aite Joe”. Now… Murdered at the age of 16 over a youtube beef.. Krazy. Life is short out here mayne…. We are all reminded by this everyday. Chicago….. We with you, & all prayers go out to Jo Jo’s family. Gone dedicate my new album to lil jo jo #JesusPiece !!! & all you youngsters out there livin that life… #ThinkBeforeYouShoot”

Lil JoJo met his untimely death in a city where there are over 300 homicide victims in the year 2012 alone. Rapper The Game became one of the few artists who have spoken out on the senseless violence gripping the Windy City.

Lupe Fiasco appeared on MTV’s RapFix Live and became emotional after host Sway Calloway showed 6-year-old footage of the Chicago rapper in an episode of “My Block.”

Following the conclusion of the footage, a choked-up Lupe Fiasco was lost for words. After some time to collect himself, Fiasco told Sway that “some of the dudes” in the video were “dead.”

“Chicago the murder capital,” the rapper said. “The dudes in that video in a prison, a couple fed cases, then there’s ghosts.”

There’s people that ain’t there, he added.

The Huffington Post wrote an article with a disturbing title stating Chicago’s homicide rate is worse than Kabul, Afghanistan. Many local Chicago residents now refer to their city as “Chiraq.”

Where is the media and hip-hop community’s support for Chicago?

As Lupe said, “It’s not just Chicago.”

The rapper, born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, said the black homicide and incarceration rate is an issue “everywhere.”

“I see it in New Orleans,” he said.

African Americans are being incarcerated and murdered at alarming rates in urban communities around the country.

Though Lupe was able to make it out of his old Madison Terrace neighborhood on Chicago’s gritty West Side, he revealed many of the youth from his community would suffer a sad fate.

Some of those kids, he said, are not going to make it out of there.

Rap songs are heavily embedded with destructive lyrics. With many popular rap songs mentioning murder and crime, it is hard to defend the art form that once told stories of the ghetto plight rather than glorify it.

The hip- hop community has been known to band together when tragedy and important issues arise. During Hurricane Katrina nearly seven years, many in the hip-hop community mobilized to offer aid to those affected the storm. The world saw an outpour of support from the community after the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, with rappers Rick Ross and Plies being the most vocal.

But when will this community band together to stop enforcing and glorifying black-on-black crime? Genocide is underway in many urban black communities across the country and many family members are left planning funerals for loved ones.

If the hip-hop community doesn’t step in to put an end to black-on-black homicide, the black community’s fallen will be nothing more than “ghosts.”

As Lupe said, “It hurts to speak to ghosts.”

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  • cutie pi3

    this is so sad. thank you for posting

    • monica

      really sad. it brought tears to my eyes

  • william

    the game is a joke. he is partly to blame for this shit. the jo jo kid obviously wanted to impress and carried on with this gangsta persona and now he wants to dedicate an album. game u are a joke

    • Laquan

      You are very right with your assessment. Game was in the media not too long ago for beating up 40 glocc which was clearly staged, but the point is that these young kids think this stuff is real and they take it to the streets with them. Sadly, this young man was murdered for his antics but its false images of the rap game the media portrays. rip jojo

      • Rocky

        hell yea! kids look up to these imbeciles and try to imitate their lifestyles when it is so fake and hollywood. the game is over 35 acting like a damn child. you can’t do that shit in the real streets. there are consequences for your actions

    • roo

      it may be true to an extent, but you can’t blame a man many away for a stupid decision a kid made in Chicago. Lil Jojo simply needed guidance for didn’t know the consequences of his actions

  • The PHroz3n

    nothing short of an american tragedy

    • Samantha

      this is sad indeed

  • lp gettin it

    them chicago niggas don’t play around

  • naomi

    the game obviously didn’t do much to mentor this kid away from a life of thuggery. now when its all said and done with this kid’s life he just tweets a short message and wants to dedicate an album to him for his own financial gain. so sickening. we have to do better peopl

  • jackie l.

    this is so sad :'(

    • beautiful

      yea they didn’t have to kill him. it wasn’t that serious.


  • dae dae

    he would have been signed sooner or later. too bad we will never know.

  • leslie


  • Saavy Folk

    Game a real nigga 4 dat

    • parkside

      Game is a bitch

      • Anonymous

        you da bitch

  • Anonymous

    Damn i aint kno lil jojo was coo w/ game. nigga coulda got a deal from him

  • Pud

    Make a donation to Joseph Coleman ( Lil Jojo ) Funeral Expense Donation on WePay!… via @WePay (RETWEET PLS)

    • Olivia

      Thanks for the link

  • Will Stafford

    The Game is a idiot. His image and lifestyle has gotten man children killed not just jojo.

  • L dog

    the game trying to make money off of lil jojo’s name for his next album. that nigga a bitch. he could have got lil homie out of the hood a long time ago.

    • time bomb

      the game is money hungery and irrelevant right now. trying to get famous off jojo’s name.

  • zach

    the game looks a idiot with that stupid la tat on his face

  • Me got guap

    shout out to the home game. much respect from this way

  • tyler is my creator

    i find it weird that 50 cent wants to do music with chief keef but game also had a relationship with lil jojo

  • asu student

    this is very sad and i hope that one day we all can have discussion on the atrocities going on in our neighborhoods. I am from an inner-city community and the mindset people have is very real. its not like a battle field every day but our people do glorify the wrong things

  • yaboyincollege

    jojo was cool with the game. he would have been signed sooner or later. really sad though

  • Brittany

    I feel sorry for all the violence that’s going on in Chicago 🙁

  • Mariah

    The Game promotes gang activity, so what is he sorry for? If he is really sorry he would denounce the Bloods gang and change the content in his music. Until he does that, I’m not buying this

  • Symone

    i feel bad for Lupe and the friends he lost to the streets in Chicago. I know where he is coming from. I lost a cousin to gang violence. i wish everyone can ask themselves what we are really fighting for

  • Asia

    RIP JoJo my young brother

  • Monica

    So sad 🙁

  • Tiffany

    I remember when Game had a butterfly tatoo lolz

  • Brandi

    I applaud The Game for being brave enough to speak out against the violence that is plaguing our communities. I salute you my brother

  • Tyra

    Idk I think The Game is tryna stay relevant.

  • Clint

    Shit fucked up what’s goign n da Chi

  • Tiara

    This story is so sad. They litterally executed that little boy :’-(

  • play 4 quarters

    the game should have talked some sense into jojo. its obvious jojo was trying to impress the game. this is a sad situation. death should not have been that kid’s sentence. yes he ran his mouth but that minimal compared to the end result

  • Mike Illin

    big ups to the homie game for mentioning this. this is truly sad.

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