Chief Keef’s much-anticipated “Put The Guns Down” concert has been cancelled by police citing concerns of violence, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Cicero Police Supt. Bernard Harrison told the Tribune his department feared Sosa’s presence would spark “chaos” and “violence.”
“We have indications from intelligence sources that there were going to be problems and there have been many problems at his concerts in other places,” Harrison told Tribune. “I spoke to the director of the theater myself and asked if he could cancel the concert. He complied with my request.
“It is our belief that the concert has been cancelled,” he continued. “Still, for the night we are preparing extra security. We have to err on the side of caution. We are providing extra officers to work the streets and be in the area of the theater.”
Chaos and violence was not the intent of Chief Keef and his GBE camp with the concert. Sosa, along with Power Move and SMG, aimed to promote peace in the Chi through their 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.”
He also posted a mini vlog saying he and his GBE squad would be in attendance.
This would have been Chief Keef’s first concert in his hometown since revealing to a fan the Chicago Police Department banned him from performing.
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.
Chief Keef recently spoke with Minister Seamore and Hood Reality TV during the filming of his “Tec” music video to talk the importance of ending gun violence in the City.
“We here doing this tryna save the peace, stop the killing. We got to stop the killing,” Seamore said. “We want to save the brothers. Put a belt on, go to school, respect your mother and father. Minister Seamore out here with Chief Keef. We tryna put the guns down, stop the killing.”
Sosa agreed the killings in Chicago must end.
“Chicaglo… we wanna stop the killing, we wanna start the peace, all of the sh*t,” Sosa said.
Sosa called for persons to obtain their firearms legally.
“…Get you a gun license,” Sosa continued. “Don’t catch no cases. Get you a gun license and tote your guns. If you ain’t got one, don’t do it. Go to school. Don’t kill for no reason.”
Tadoe expanded on Sosa’s comments telling all to exercise their constitutional right by using their weapons only when threatened.
“Put the guns down, but keep it on you, man,” he said. “No lacking cause it’s cracking. You can’t get caught lacking while it’s cracking out here. Put the guns down.”
Chief Keef has not yet issued an official statement on the status of the concert.
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