The documentary “Chiraq” hit the net last week, profiling some of Chi Town’s rising talent.
The tragic circumstances leading to rapper Lil JoJo’s death was made a topic of discussion.
Thomas Morton of Noisey touched on Chief Keef’s rivalry with the Bricksquad rapper. Morton went onto probe whether social media played a factor in the “3HunnaK” rapper’s death.
Lil JoJo, born Joseph Coleman, was murdered in a hail of gunfire in a drive-by shooting on Sept. 4, 2012 as he was riding on the back pegs of a friend’s bike.
Witnesses described the suspects as driving a tan, older model, four-door Ford Taurus that was riding low in the back.
No arrests have been made in the crime.
Leo Schmitz, deputy chief of Chicago’s 7th district police department, agreed to an interview with Morton and discussed social media’s impact on gangs.
“Social media, absolutely is where people are going now and it’s become a problem for us,” Schmitz said. “Where they used to mark up corners and things with spray paint and murals, now they’re doing a lot of that on the social media. A lot of that’s going there and that’s what’s moving people where crime is being committed.”
Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church in South Side, Chicago, expounded upon Schmitz’ claims.
“A whole lot of the gang stuff that goes on right now in the Chicago area…is what starts on rap and on YouTube,” he said. “The social media becomes the one that puts it out there, begins it, then it’s carried out in the street.”
Coleman’s death came following a street beef with Chief Keef’s Glory Boyz Entertainment camp, namely rappers Lil’ Reese and Lil’ Durk.
The feud reached new heights after the “3HunnaK” music video was made.
A video circulated on the Internet showing Lil Jojo and Keef’s associate Lil’ Reese getting into a war of words. This event occurred just a few hours before Coleman was murdered.
Lil’ Reese responded several times in the video that he would kill Lil’ JoJo.
“I’ma kill you! I’ma kill you!” Lil’ Reese can be heard on the footage saying.
The Chicago Police Department began to investigate whether GBE was involved in the murder after Chief Keef mocked Coleman’s death via Twitter.
“hahahahahhahahahahahahahaahhAAHAHAHAHA #RichNi**aShit,” Keef wrote. “Its Sad Cuz Dat N***a Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO.”
Lil’ Reese echoed similar sentiment.
“Damn I just wke up 2da jojo shit f*ck Em,” wrote Lil’ Reese.