The violence in Chicago has prompted its urban residents to refer to their hometown as another term- Chiraq.
The term has exploded in popularity after Hip Hop bombshell Nicki Minaj titled her latest single “Chi-Raq” featuring Lil Herb.
King Louie defended his use of the word during an interview with Fox 32.
“I play my bad role and narrate the negativity and the violence I grew up in Chicago. I’m just making it artistic,” the “Drilluminati 2” rapper said.
Fashion designer Alonzo Jackson is making anti-Chiraq shirts. The shirts instead read “Chi Town.”
“Basically, its’ scratching out the word Chiraq and it’s saying ‘Chi Town’ and we saying we don’t embrace that,” he said. “We don’t even call it Chiraq because the power in the tongue you speak that.”
Gun violence has plagued the city of Chicago for decades. 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.
Chicago has been under the national spotlight after ranking number one in the number of homicides recorded in 2012, according to a report released by the FBI.
There were 506 murder victims in the Windy City in 2012. There were 421 homicides recorded in 2013.
Chicago has long recorded devastating numbers over the past two decades.
Chicago recorded its highest peak of homicides in 1992 with 943 murders, according to statistics compiled by the Chicago Police Department.
Since 1991, there has been close to 15,000 murders in Chicago to date.
The movement called “Anti-Chiraq” drew a fiery response from East Side native Lil Herb.
Herb cited his hometown’s murder statistics as his reasoning for continuing the use of the word.
“MAN F*CK ALL DAT ANIT CHIRAQ WE DONT CONDONE IT BULLSH*T ITS CHIRAQ THE MURDER RATE IN CHICAGO WAS HIGHER THAN IRAQ FOR TWO YEARS IN A ROW ITS KILL OR BE KILLED IM FROM CHIRAQ NOLIMIT MB #150 ROCBLOCK N*GGAS KILLING N*GGAS AND B*TCHES SUCKIN ON D*CKS IS BOTH SINS,” the caption on his IG post read.
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