One month ago, I was getting my car repaired when my mechanic showed me a music video from his neighbor made called “3 hunna k.” I saw a kid in the video with a gold chain wrapped around an AK-47. The video represented the overly masculine and brazen behavior that represents teenagers today. It’s no secret that Jo Jo’s crew and the 300 crew led by Chief Keef having going at it for quite some time. I was not surprised when I heard that Jo Jo had been gunned down.
Lupe Fiasco recently shared his thoughts on the magnitude of Chief Keef and his music:
"Chief Keef scares me. Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents. Specifically in Chicago. And I don't speak this about any other city because I'm not from there. But like my family lives in Chicago. So my nephews, my cousins, my friends, and my peoples they all in those hoods that he represents. When you drive through Chicago...The hoodlums, the gangsters, and the ones you see killing each other. And the murder rate in Chicago is skyrocketing and you see who's doing it and perpetrating it, they all look like Chief Keef."
Frankly, Lupe's assessment is fairly correct. Keef’s music not only scares suburbanites. It also scares the people who live in the communities that struggle to find ways to stop the violence.We see the murder tally in the papers and we hear about it the news every single day. The Mayor and the police superintendent are out of options at this point.
Random violence in Chicago is at an all-time high. Everyone from the Mayor,the police,community leaders,bloggers,journalists, and many other so-called experts seem to have answers to why things are the way they are. There is one thing they have not thought about: The correlation between the history of Chicago’s hip-hop scene and the rise of violence in the city.
The thing about Hip-Hop in Chicago that most people do not understand is this:location. Unlike hip-hop artists in New York City,Los Angeles, and Atlanta there are no Chicago-based major record companies that actively look for Chicago artists. It’s a crabs in a barrel syndrome here with hip-hop artists Remember when Kanye West had a song called “Grammy Family” and he dropped the line : From the Chi/the city of hella haters ?
When you go to a hip-hop show in Chicago the set list is usually starts with a local artist followed by the main act. The opening act usually gets booed because the people in attendance want to see the main act. In Chicago up until recently, we did not support local hip-hop artists until they signed with a major label.
Chief Keef got the best deal any Chicago-based musical artist in any genre has ever gotten. I know some people in this city want to see Keef fail based on the quality of his music. I do not find that funny at all. The way things have gone in the last few days, the person who was supposed to be leading the charge when it comes to Chicago Hip-Hop might have missed his shot.