Rapper The Game took to Twitter and Instagram to express sympathy for the Chiacago’s climbing murder rate and the death of 16-year-old Chicago rapper Lil’ JoJo. Lil JoJo, born Joseph Coleman, was murdered in a hail of gunfire Tuesday night hours following a dispute with a member of Keef’s camp. Coleman allegedly had an ongoing dispute with Chief Keef’s entourage and members of the Black Disciple street gang.
The Game tweeted a message he posted on his Instagram regarding the tragic shooting. The Compton rapper, who is no stranger to rap beefs himself, revealed he spoke with Lil JoJo about slowing down his lifestyle. The rapper wrote:
“R.I.P. to the lil homie Joseph “Lil Jo Jo” Coleman @osoarrogantjojo gunned down in Chicago yesterday !!! I would joke wit em when he hit me on DM bout how hard he was goin in the streets & told em’ to slow down .. & he replied: “I’m on be aite Joe”. Now… Murdered at the age of 16 over a youtube beef.. Krazy. Life is short out here mayne…. We are all reminded by this everyday. Chicago….. We with you, & all prayers go out to Jo Jo’s family. Gone dedicate my new album to lil jo jo #JesusPiece !!! & all you youngsters out there livin that life… #ThinkBeforeYouShoot”
Lil JoJo met his untimely death in a city where there are over 300 homicide victims in the year 2012 alone. Rapper The Game became one of the few artists who have spoken out on the senseless violence gripping the Windy City.
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.
The Huffington Post wrote an article with a disturbing title stating Chicago’s homicide rate is worse than Kabul, Afghanistan. Many local Chicago residents now refer to their city as “Chiraq.”
Where is the media and hip-hop community’s support for Chicago?
As Lupe said, “It’s 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 youth from his community would suffer a sad fate.
Some of those kids, he said, are not going to make it out of there.
Rap songs are heavily embedded with destructive lyrics. With many popular rap songs mentioning murder and crime, it is hard to defend the art form that once told stories of the ghetto plight rather than glorify it.
The hip- hop community has been known to band together when tragedy and important issues arise. During Hurricane Katrina nearly seven years, many in the hip-hop community mobilized to offer aid to those affected the storm. The world saw an outpour of support from the community after the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, with rappers Rick Ross and Plies being the most vocal.
But when will this community band together to stop enforcing and glorifying black-on-black crime? Genocide is underway in many urban black communities across the country and many family members are left planning funerals for loved ones.
If the hip-hop community doesn’t step in to put an end to black-on-black homicide, the black community’s fallen will be nothing more than “ghosts.”
As Lupe said, “It hurts to speak to ghosts.”
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