If you find the previous statement striking, you're either out of touch or have set your expectations for black people entirely too high.
Chief Keef, a recent Interscope signee). While I won't deem Reese the assailant in this murder, he is recorded on video telling his rival, "Imma kill you".
As ironic as it might seem, I didn't decide to do this post to whine about black on black crime or youth violence in our community (though I would recommend you check out Lupe Fiasco's thoughts of Keef). We're more or less desensitized to that at this point. I wanted to occupy your time with another aspect in this whole situation- the response on social networks. Feast your eyes:
The the final two tweets are courtesy Chief Keef, himself only 17 years of age.
I don't blame Hip-Hop for this young man's death...but the more prominent members of the rap community (read: the ones with significant influence) never seem to discourage our youth away from killing one another. And those of you who do blame Hip-Hop, know that there are some pretty successful, affluent, and intelligent young black people who listen to nothing but Hip-Hop. The problem is bigger than a genre of music...I'm just having trouble pinpointing what it is... *sighs*
...but at any rate, you should check out some more of the big things coming out of Chicago: