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P. Rico & Oncore Discuss Chicago Hip Hop Scene & Controversial Term ‘Chiraq’



Hockstar caught up with rising Chicago MCs P. Rico and Oncore for their thoughts on city’s burgeoning Hip Hop scene. The rap scene has been gaining steady momentum in the last few years.

“Motherf*****s been going crazy in Chicago,” Oncore said. “Motherf*****s just wasn’t getting noticed. It be like that. The spotlight be switching off.”

P. Rico, who recorded one of the city’s biggest hits “Hang With Me,” is not looking to relinquish spotlight just yet.

“We gon keep Chiraq spotlight going,” he said.

The term “Chiraq” has received a bad rap for its negative connotation. Rico and Oncore provided Hockstar their thoughts on the violent term.

“…Motherf*****s’ bodies is dropping like Iraq,” Oncore said. “That’d why we call it Chiraq. We drilling. N****s is getting killed out here for real. This ain’t no joke.”

Gun violence has plagued the city of Chicago for decades. 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.

Chicago has been under the national spotlight after ranking number one in the number of homicides recorded in 2012, according to a report released by the FBI.

There were 506 murder victims in the Windy City in 2012. There were 421 homicides recorded in 2013.

Chicago has long 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 has been close to 15,000 murders in Chicago to date.



“We made ‘No Lackin,’” P. Rico said. “ Everybody know that. You better not lack or you gonna get hit in the back.”

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