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 C-- 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 N----- 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 a-- hell. They towed his s---, scratched his s---, his seats scarred the b------ 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.
Chief Keef Accused Of Increasing Gang Violence In Chicago
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