Lil Bibby says the violence in Chicago is much more complex than many may think. According to Bibby, nothing can get in the way of someone seeking revenge for the murder of a loved one.
Some of the Chi’s higher profile natives are working to find solutions to ending gun violence. But Bibby believes their efforts are futile.
“Where I’m from, they don’t pay no attention to that,” the “Free Crack 2” rapper told Mass Appeal. “All we think about is: these guys killed somebody we love, so people need payback. That’s how we think. We don’t think about no Kanye or no Common. Can’t nobody tell nobody to stop. If someone killed your brother, you would be doing the same thing.”
Common is teaming with Kanye West to combat violence by providing employment opportunities for Chicago African American teens.
Common’s Common Ground Foundation and Kanye’s DONDA’s House, Inc. are reportedly seeking to create 20,000 jobs for youths in Chicago.
A recent Chicago Urban League report found black male teens aren’t receiving equal treatment in the workforce in Chicago. The report shockingly states 92 percent of black male teens were unemployed in 2012.
Common reportedly appeared at a press conference to say the initiative aims to steer children on the right path to success, rather than a life of crime on the streets.
“Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty,” Common said. “I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids… and I said, ‘Man, what do y’all really need? What’s gonna stop this (poverty)?’ And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.’ They want a chance.”
Bibby finds the situation in Chicago hopeless and is unsure if there’s anything his city can do to curb the violence.
“…In my neighborhood the police are everywhere, man,” he said. “They’re trying. I don’t know what they could do.”
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