Chicago Rapper Edai Slams Gun Violence, Encourages Youths to Stay In School

Chicago Rapper Edai took to Twitter to relay a message to teens that have thoughts of venturing away from the porch. Edai wanted teens to place a primary focus on education.

“If u go to school …stay in School and Out The Streets……#realtweet,” he wrote.

The “So Serious” rapper then went on to slam gun violence.

“Stop The Violence …. Don’t Shoot I Wanna Grow Up ##rns,” he wrote.

Gun violence has plagued the city of Chicago for many years. 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.

In 2012 alone, the city recorded 506 murders.

The beginning of 2013 didn’t show any slowdown in pace. Chicago saw its deadliest January since 2002 with 45 homicides reported, according to CBS.

NBC Chicago estimated the Windy City is on pace to reach 730 homicides this year.

In Chicago, the homicide rate is disproportionately higher amongst its minority residents. There have been 2,045 homicides since Jan. 1, 2007 amongst the African American demographic, according to Red Eye Chicago. There were 647 homicides amongst Caucasians since 2007.

Several high profile names have been vocal in their mission to end the violence in Chicago.

Civil Rights Leader Jesse Jackson took to Twitter to call for the President to tackle the “complex” issue gripping the city of Chicago.

“I’m so glad the president spoke out about Newtown. But Chicago is much more complex. 175 under 18 killed this year as of last night in Chi,” he wrote.

“Ignorance, hopelessness and guns are all factors in this war in Chicago. But we don’t make it sell guns in Chicago,” he wrote.

Lupe Fiasco appeared on MTV’s RapFix Live and became emotional after host Sway Calloway showed 6-year-old footage of the Chicago rapper in an episode of “My Block.”

Following the conclusion of the footage, a choked-up Lupe Fiasco was lost for words. After some time to collect himself, Fiasco told Sway that “some of the dudes” in the video were “dead.”

“Chicago the murder capital,” the rapper said. “The dudes in that video in a prison, a couple fed cases, then there’s ‘ghosts.’”

There’s people that ain’t there, he added.

Lupe said the issue is “not just Chicago.”

The rapper, born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, said the black homicide and incarceration rate is an issue “everywhere.”

“I see it in New Orleans,” he said.

African Americans are being incarcerated and murdered at alarming rates in urban communities around the country.

Though Lupe was able to make it out of his old Madison Terrace neighborhood on Chicago’s gritty West Side, he revealed many of the youths from his community would suffer a sad fate.

Some of those kids, he said, are not going to make it out of there.

Derrick Rose, a native of the notorious Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, became very emotional when discussing the violence in his hometown during the Sept. 13 unveiling of his Adidas Rose 3 shoe.

“It’s truly a blessing. With all this stuff that’s going on in this city, a kid from Englewood got something positive going on. That makes me feel so good man,” Rose said. “The shoe is great, all this is great, but I can’t explain this. I can’t.

“To have true fans that means a lot to me and I know it means a lot to my family because we aren’t supposed to be here at all, but God made the way and this is just truly unreal and I’m just happy that I have true fans out there.”