Chicago is in a state of emergency. The city last year reported 509 homicides. In 2013, the city continues to post staggering murder statistics with 317 cases to date.
Though many political pundits would like to attribute this issue to gun laws, the circumstances surrounding the thousands of murder victims that haunt the city are much more complex.
One of the main reasons murders are occurring in the city is due to turf wars amongst African American and Latino gangs over the sale of drugs.
This stream of drugs into Chicago’s inner city communities can be attributed to Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera.
Guzman, who operates the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, floods the streets of Chicago with 80 percent of the h-----, c------, marijuana and methamphetamine, according U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as reported by Business Insider. The drugs have a street value of $3 billion.
Guzman is reported to be based in the Sierra Madre of northern Mexico.
Chief Keef, who hails from one of Chicago’s most impoverished, crime-ridden neighborhoods, often romanticizes a life of a crime boss in his lyrics.
The 300 Black Disciple member name-dropped the Guzman in song “Peep Hole.”
“I rather have my ‘migos, three zero, zero/I think I’m El Chapo, boy you worth a kilo/I’m coolin’ wit my vatos, cuz they speak my lingo,” he raps.
Chief Keef was embroiled in the drug game at an early age. At age 15, Chief Keef, born Keith Cozart, was charged with manufacture and delivery of h-----, a Class X felony, according to the police records obtained by DNAinfo.com. He was sentenced to home confinement.
Keef noted this in “I Don’t Like,” rapping, “I done got indicted selling all white.”
It is protocol for a drug dealer to carry a weapon in the streets, often called a war zone.
Nearly year after being caught with drugs, Keef had a run-in with the law that would forever change his life.
On Dec. 2, 2011, Police responded to a call of shots fired just before noon on the 6100 block of South Indiana, according to DNAinfo.com.
Police confronted Chief Keef as he was walking out of his grandmother’s apartment complex. Chief Keef, who was 16 years old at the time, brandished a loaded “blue-steel handgun” and eluded police for a half-block before being apprehended.
While in pursuit, police fires several shots at Cozart, but missed, according to a police report obtained by DNAinfo.com
Though the rapper, born Keith Cozart, didn’t fire his weapon, he did point his gun at officers- twice.
Cozart reportedly was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a police officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon- all felonies. He was sentenced to home confinement at his grandmother’s house- the same home where the viral “I Don’t Like” music video was shot.
Chief Keef later signed a multi-million dollar deal with Interscope Records.
Guzman was listed as Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1 by the Chicago Crime Commission. Guzman is the first to receive the spot since notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone.
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