Kanye West has not forgotten where he came from.
The mega rap superstar used his latest album to not only promote two up and coming Chicago emcees, but also briefly touch on the crisis occurring in “Chiraq.”
“Claiming I’m overreacting like them black kids in Chiraq b----,” West raps.
Gun violence has plagued the city of Chicago for many years. Many residents have renamed the Windy City “Chiraq” for its high rate of violence. Chicago, according to statistics, has a higher homicide rate than Kabul, Afghanistan.
In 2012 alone, the city recorded 506 murders.
Chicago saw its deadliest January since 2002 with 45 homicides reported, according to CBS.
NBC Chicago estimated the Windy City is on pace to reach 730 homicides this year.
Despite that projection, the homicide rate for the first four months of 2013 is down 42 percent, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
City officials told the Sun-Times it is the first time the department reported fewer than 100 murders for the first four months of the year since 1963.
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. There were 647 homicides amongst Caucasians since 2007.
Kanye West requested the assistance of Chi Town natives Chief Keef and Kanye West for his sixth studio solo album.
Chief Keef collaborating on the track “Hold My Liquor.”
Chief Keef, born Keith Cozart, initially said he didn’t remember what the song was titled, but recalled the track as being “hot” during an interview with Beats By Dre in New York City.
“I did a song called…I forgot,” he said. “I’m on it. I forgot what the song is called, but it is a hot song.”
Check out Chief Keef’s “Beats By Dre” interview below
Ye said the track almost didn’t make it onto the album, Fader reports.
Chief Keef raps on the track, “I can’t control my n-----, and my n----- they can’t control me.”
Listen to “Hold My Liquor” below
The O’ Block rapper recorded the song with Ye in Paris, tweeting his excitement to his thousands of fans.
“On my way! To paris Wit @kanyewest #Squad,” he tweeted.
#ParisFinnaturnUp,” the caption on the photo read.
King Louie, another up and coming artist from the Chi, appears on the Ye’s album on song “Send It Up.”
Listen to “Send It Up”
The album, executive produced by Def Jam founder Rick Rubin, features ten tracks. It is set to hit stores and iTunes June 18.
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