News: After Chief Keef Promises To Raise The Murder Rate, Lupe Fiasco Addresses Chi-Town's Violence [Video]

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 7:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco recently offered a take on the violence going down in his Chicago hometown and why people should realize the same things are happening in their own backyards.

In Lupe's opinion, the perception of violence has changed and is largely embraced in music.

"I think for us you had the separation when I was growing up, you had the violence and then you had your fun. We're talking about Chicago people. I'm not talking about Baltimore or Philly or New York or whatever. I'm talking about Chicago. You had the violence and the violence had its place and then you had the fun. I think what we're having now, and now this is outside of Chicago, this is Boston, this is Philly, this is everywhere, is people are having fun with violence. I think thats the difference. The songs now, or the pasttime now is to knock somebody out. That's just from my personal experience. Chicago was super violent in the early 1990's and even the late 80's. It was kinda crazy. There were a lot of gang wars - but for me, we were still kind of away from it, if that makes any kind of sense. There were certain neighborhoods that were kind of in it but where I grew up - it was cool - you heard the gun shots on the next block." ("Whoolywood Shuffle")

Fellow Chi-Town rapper Chief Keef recently made drastic claims about his upcoming Bang 3 project sparking violence.

Chief Keef is at it again, this time threatening that his new mixtape will wreak havoc throughout the streets. With Keef's Bang 3 project arriving soon, of all things the rapper says his forthcoming mixtape with "Raise the murder rate up" and he assures that this is no lie. "Bang 2 And Almighty So On ITunes Right Now But Bang 3 No Lie Y'all Really Don't know How crazy Im goin #ImFinnaRaiseTheMurderRateUp," said Chief Keef on Instgram. "If I'm Lien I Can Get Killed right Now this Sh*t Is So f*ckin hardcore #ThatOldSosa #bang3 N*ggas Better Be Scared." Last year, there were 506 murder victims in Keef's hometown of Chicago and in 2013 there are currently 373 murders recorded, making the windy city's homicide rate higher than Kabul, Afghanistan. (XXL Mag)

Earlier this year, Brooklyn rap veteran Talib Kweli suggested Keef was merely going through a phase and believed the teen would create different content in the years to come.

"I don't care because that's like a novelty thing," Kweli said in an interview when asked how young is "too young" to rap about street life. "I don't know who Lil' Mouse is but as far as Chief Keef, Chief Keef is obviously a product of his environment. He's somebody who comes out of a very horrificly violent neighborhood of Chicago. Whether you think he's skilled or not, what he's doing is extremely positive. Even if he's gangbanging on records, I'd rather him gang bang on records than in the streets and if you gang bang on records, you're at some point going to have respect for music and you're going to grow out of that. Snoop Dogg used to gang bang on records, now he's Snoop Lion. If Chief Keef could get to Snoop's stage, his content will change, you'll see him grow up. I want to see him live, I don't want to see him die." (Karmaloop TV)

Coincidentally, Lupe spoke on violent music having a strong impact on the world last spring.

"Q: Does violence in music promote/cause/support/influence violence in the world and society? A: Of course it does.," Fiasco tweeted March 24th.
"Violent music (and all violent media) effectively says its "ok" to be violent. It provides positive reinforcement for negative actions."
"If you rap and make violent music then own up to it. Stop hiding behind "art imitating life" as a way to evade the guilt."
""How the hell you gonna tell this man not 2 be violent?, Cuz he dont need to go the same route that I did" -Eminem & Dr. Dre "Choices"" (Lupe Fiasco's Twitter)

Mega producer Swizz Beatz previously said neglecting the youth could lead to violence.

"I think it's bigger than him. Chief Keef is just a name people can relate to because he's in the entertainment business. But, I think the real reason is the youth, period, with nowhere to go, no plans, and they're just resorting to living however they want to live. You go to a different country and they don't have no support, no food, it's the same thing. It's just that we're knowing about it more because there's a celebrity name involved, but I wouldn't even put that on him. This has been going on for years. They shut down the whole Cabrini-Green a long time ago. This been happening. But the key thing is how is it going to stop happening? Is it arts? Is it music? That's the thing to figure out." (Global Grind)

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