John Coleman, Lil’ JoJo’s half brother, is speaking out to defend the slain 16-year-old Chicago emcee.
Englewood resident Lil JoJo, born Joseph Coleman, was murdered in a hail of gunfire Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. just a few blocks from where he stayed. Coleman allegedly had an ongoing dispute with Chief Keef’s entourage and members of the Black Disciple street gang.
Coleman was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting as he was riding on the back pegs of a friend’s bike. Witnesses described the vehicle as a tan, older model, four-door Ford Taurus that was riding low in the back, according to the Sun Times. Coleman died minutes after being shot.
Lil’ JoJo allegedly had a hit out on him due to his highly publicized beef with members of the Black Disciples street gang, namely rappers Lil’ Durk and Lil’ Reese. The rapper posted a video “3HunnaK” to Youtube attacking the Glory Boyz Entertainment affiliates.
“These ni**as claim 300, but we BDK,” he rapped.
BDK is short for Black Disciples Killers and “300” is the gang numeric code for the Black Disciples gang.
Lil’ JoJo, Coleman said, wrote “3HunnaK” to expose studio gangsters whom he felt were frauds, according to the Sun Times.
John Coleman said the rap was made against opposing rappers and not the street gang. Lil’ JoJo actually knew and went to high school with newly signed Def Jam Recording artists Lil’ Durk and Lil’ Reese. The fallen may not have thought rap beef would escalate the way it did.
“That BDK sh*t was for the opposing rap team,” John Coleman said, according to the Chicago Sun Times. “The song was a Lil Durk diss. It was more music . . . killing them with rhymes.”
Coleman said he was with Lil’ JoJo before he was murdered. The two appeared in a Youtube video taunting Chief Keef’s associate Lil’ Reese. This event occurred just hours before Coleman was murdered. The video may serve as evidence for authorities in pinpointing Coleman’s murderer.
“I’ma kill you! I’ma kill you!” Lil’ Reese can be heard on the footage saying.
John Coleman is two months older than Lil’ JoJo. The have the different mothers, but the same father. Coleman grew up in the suburbs whereas his younger brother grew up in the gritty Englewood neighborhood on the city’s South Side.
“We got the same dad, but he got locked up when I was 8 months,” Coleman told the Sun Times. “Me and JoJo called each other twins from the start, and my mom always picked him up on weekends so we could be together. I was definitely lucky to move to the suburbs.”
Coleman revealed he is receiving death threats on social networks, but is not worried for his safety, according to the Sun Times.
God’s gonna let it play out how it’s gonna go,” he told the Sun Times. “I’m not changing my life for that sh*t.”
Coleman remains distraught over the death of his brother whom he referred to as his “twin.”
“I’m f**ked up, man,” he said. “That was my blood.”
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