It is no secret underground artists have a position of influence in their communities.
These rappers can use that influence to promote positivity and unity, but rather err on the side of negativity.
Interscope artists L.E.P. Bogus Boys are advocating artists in their hometown to unite to spark change in the violence-plagued Windy City.
“I truly wish there was no blood shed because chicago rappers need to unite that is all!” the “Commas” rappers wrote.
The L.E.P. Bogus Boys are known to comment on the social issues affecting Chicago.
The solution to their city’s socioeconomic issues, the duo say, is music.
“S/O to all the youngins making music and really trying to change their lifes not for fun or fame. We can make this work chicago.
“I wish we could teach the youngins the right way ,I know people that smile in our face and sneak dis us when we never did people dirty
“When we figure how to unite we will be a city to be respect and feared but not thru violence foolish s--- . Music can change s--- for real.
“I hear the youngins say aint nobody did nothing for them s--- aint nobody did nothing 4 none of us but when you in you do what u can to help
“Its only 1 thing I would change about my city and that’s the killing we can do better we be killing 4 no reason or pocket change
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.
The beginning of 2013 didn’t show any slowdown in pace. 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.
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.
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