As the sun finally sets on a sweltering Summer, and the Fall season begins to engulf the air, the season change appears to have no affect on Chicago’s steadily rising murder rate. The most recent slaying in the Windy City has two rappers and rivals at the center of the incident, one an up and coming artist Joseph Coleman, also known as Lil Jojo, and the more prominent Chief Keef.
On September 4th, Lil Jojo was shot several times by a drive by shooter, as he rode on the back of a bicycle. Coleman would succumb to his injuries just moments later, after running to a nearby house. Lil Jojo was killed just a block away from where Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew where slain in 2008.
Just hours after the news that Lil JoJo had been murdered, Chief Keef took to twitter to express his feelings about the slaying of his rival. "It's sad cuz the N---- Lil Jojo wanted to be just like us #LMAO". Chief Keef's blatant lack of compassion propelled angry responses from Keef's 224,000 followers. Prompting the young rapper to exclaim that his account had been hacked.
It is known in Chicago rap circles that Lil Jojo had issues with Chief Keef, and fellow rapper and Def Jam artist Lil Reese. The tweets by Chief Keef have police looking more into the incident that may be deeper than rap.
Police say that Lil Jojo and Chief Keef are both members of rival gangs. Jojo belonging to the Gangster Disciples, and Keef a member of the Black Disciples. Police say that Lil Jojo had been warring online with members of the Black Disciples. Witnesses say a street confrontation had recently taken place involving a Chief Keef associate and Lil Jojo that had been posted on Youtube. Chicago police are investigating all angles and possible knowledge Keef may have in regards to the slaying.
This is not the first time Keef has used twitter to express his feelings, most recently about fellow Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco. In a radio interview, Lupe expressed that he is scared of what Chief Keef represents, "Chief Keef scares me. Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents,” Lupe expressed; speaking exclusively about the violent young culture that has engulfed Chicago. This prompted Chief Keef to tweet, "Lupe fiasco a hoe ass nigga And wen I see him I'ma smack him like da lil bitch he is #300". Lupe would respond to the artist, and then later express feelings of being despondent with rap, as well as the younger generation in the Chi, "i have spoken peace only 2 receive vitriol and malice in return. My brother seeks destruction my sister seeks attention paths to nothingness".
This is the latest story in the saga of the teenage Chicago rapper who burst onto the scene seemingly out of thin air with tales of drugs and gun violence. Will there be more instances like this for the young rapper? One can only hope that this story of sudden stardom intertwined with the gangster lifestyle doesn't turn tragic, as it so often does.