After a another recent spurt of violence in Chicago left two dead—Capo, a member of Chief Keef’s Glo Gang, and a one year-old boy—Keef announced that he would play a free concert and solicit donations to raise money for the slain child’s family. There was one catch, though: due to legal reasons, the rapper couldn’t actually be in Chicago. So he would perform in L.A. and beam into his hometown via hologram projection. Problem solved.
Except not: this weekend, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office refused to let the “Stop The Killing” benefit concert take place in Chicago on the grounds that Keef is “an unacceptable role model.” According to The New York Times, Keef then tried to hold the concert right across state lines in Hammond, Indiana. The major of Hammond, Thomas M. McDermott Jr., followed in the footsteps of his Chicago counterpart, and ordered the police to shut down the concert as soon as the hologram appeared.
Mayor McDermott told The Times, “I know nothing about Chief Keef. All I’d heard was he has a lot of songs about gangs and shooting people—a history that’s anti-cop, pro-gang and pro-drug use. He’s been basically outlawed in Chicago, and we’re not going to let you circumvent Mayor Emanuel by going next door.” “It’s not like we’re anti-rap,” he added. “It’s just this specific case. Gang violence in Chicago is the reality right now, and I’m not going to invite someone that might be a threat to public safety.”
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