Chief Keef is giving back to his hometown in a major way. Sosa and Glory Boyz Entertainment (GBE) will be supporting an anti-violence initiative by hosting and performing in Chicago Power Fest’s “Put The Guns Down” concert. Sosa’s GBE camp, along with Power Move and SMG, aim to promote peace in the Chi through this endeavor.
Sosa announced the concert via IG with the flier art. The caption on his post read, “CHICAGO! Get ready for #POWERFEST! #PUTTHEGUNSDOWN CONCERT SAY JUNE 14th #OLYMPICTHEATRE text CHIEFKEEF to 88202 for TIX/VIP! S/O @WHOIZJOHNDOE @DJMOONDAWG @WGCI LETS HAVE A SAFE SUMMER.”
This will be Chief Keef’s first concert in his hometown since revealing to a fan the Chicago Police Department wouldn’t allow him to perform.
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.
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.”
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.
Sosa’s concert to curb the violence in his hometown is admirable. Sosa, who has often been made the scapegoat for Chicago’s socioeconomic conditions, is a product of an environment that existed long before he was born. The effects of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, drugs and high African American unemployment were the ingredients for a mess that plagues not only Chicago, but also a lot of urban communities around the nation.
Chicago, dubbed “Chiraq” by residents for its high rate of violence, has long been plagued by a disproportionately high homicide rate.
Chicago, according to statistics, has a higher homicide rate than Kabul, Afghanistan.
In 2012 alone, the city recorded 506 murders. There were 421 homicides recorded in 2013.
In Chicago, the homicide rate is disproportionately higher amongst its minority residents. There have been 2,045 homicides since Jan. 1, 2007 amongst the African American demographic, according to Red Eye Chicago.
Chicago has recorded devastating numbers over the past two decades.
Chicago recorded its highest peak of homicides in 1992 with 943 murders, according to statistics compiled by the Chicago Police Department.
Since 1991, there have been close to 15,000 murders in Chicago to date.
Sosa has suffered tragedy of his own with the loss of many fallen comrades. He recently buried his cousin Mario “Blood Money” Hess who was murdered April 9 in a hail of bullets outside of his family’s home.
Blood Money was a budding rap artist who had released numerous tracks, including, “F*ck Rehab,” “Thought He Was,” “Nino Brown,” “What I Do” and “Savage.”
Chief Keef’s “Put The Guns Down” concert surely won’t end the violence in the city, but it does address it. There’s no better platform to address it in a positive manner than the most powerful genre of music created by African Americans- Hip Hop.
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