G.O.O.D Music affiliate Common recently talked about the love he has for Chicago and what one key issue he hopes will eventually detach itself from the Windy City.
When asked about changing one key characteristic, Common admitted Chi-Town’s violence outweighs everything else.
So then, what is the most important message we can give to young people who are witnessing daily violence in their neighborhoods? “This is a broad thought but loving yourself, and having the support so that you can love yourself is the most important thing that young people in Chicago can get. Because when you love and value yourself, you love and value others,” Common said. “You won’t put yourself in the position where there’s violence.” If you could change just one thing about our fair city what would it be? “It’s definitely the violence.” (Huffington Post)
The Chicago rap veteran also stressed the importance of creating programs to help keep the youth from being persuaded toward violence.
He added that this ‘love yourself’ mentality can be issued into the community through youth-focused programs. “It’s our responsibility for the village to say, ‘Hey we’re going to create these programs,’ whether it’s sports, creative arts, music, we need some things to give young people positive things to do,” he said, “and that’s including jobs.” (Huffington Post)
Earlier this year, Chi-Town’s Lupe Fiasco spoke on the connection between violent music having a strong impact on the world.
“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 recently shared a similar sentiment and said neglecting the youth can 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)