Chief Keef’s hologram appearance at US festival shut down by police

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Chicago rapper Chief Keef organizes secret concert after mayor bans him.

Chief Keef, shown at his 19th birthday celebration in Hollywood last year, is scheduled to perform in California on Saturday, with his image projected as a hologram at an undisclosed location in downtown Chicago. | Sun-Times File Photo A benefit concert featuring embattled Chicago rapper Chief Keef appearing via hologram — his image projected from a truck at a secret location in downtown Chicago — is back on for Saturday night, a week after his canceled appearance at a Pilsen theater amid City Hall’s request. Chief Keef’s appearance will happen Saturday at 10 p.m., but the location is being kept secret “because of past efforts by city officials,” according to a release from FilmOn. The 19-year-old had promised a second attempt to perform via hologram from California, this time from a “secret Chicago location” to raise funds for the family of 13-month-old Dillan Harris, who was hit and killed by a car believed to be involved in a fatal shooting of fledgling rapper Capo minutes earlier. “The (Saturday) hologram show … if it doesn’t happen at one point it’s gonna happen (eventually),” Keef’s manager Idris Dykes told Billboard Magazine late Thursday. “And there’s gonna be several of them. Keef, who has also started the Stop The Violence Now foundation, will physically be in Beverly Hills, performing on a stage owned by HologramUSA, David’s hologram company.

However, after Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s insistence that Keef’s music “promotes violence,” Chicago concert venue Redmoon Theater quickly canceled the benefit show. The rapper couldn’t appear in person because of a pair of arrest warrants issued last year — one for nonpayment of child support and a second for not showing up to a pretrial hearing after being charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Keef’s benefit show at the Redmoon Theater was also meant to be a tribute to his fallen friend, but the mayor’s office asked the theater to pull the plug on the show. “The mayor’s administration called Redmoon and informed them that the show by Mr. Keef’s manager says the rapper and his entire team was taken aback by the city’s attempt to block what they view as nothing more than an attempt at spreading goodwill to their community. “It really upsets me when I read people’s opinions [on Keef], especially big leaders, and they say all these negative things,” he says. “I’m like, ‘Wow, how can you say this about a 19-year-old kid that you guys never even once attempted to sit and have a conversation with? “Every time something like this happens,” Peedapan continues, “Keef is like “Damn, why can’t they see the positive things I’m trying to do?””

Chief Keef also remains a controversial figure because of violent messages in his lyrics — such as the 2013 song, “You,” which contains the lyric, “You ain’t going to let me f— you and I feel you, but you gone suck my d— or I’ll kill you.” In the video, a voice is heard saying Keef was “banned by the mayor of Chicago.” “The show goes on,” David said in a statement. “Like the L.A. riots in the 90′s, Dillan Harris’ murder is the tipping point. He also says he has already been in contact with the ACLU regarding a possible freedom of speech violation against the city. “Shame on the mayor and police chief of Hammond for shutting down a voice that can create positive change in a community in desperate need. Chief Keef and David will match the money raised through the show and donate it to the Harris and Carr families and select South Side anti-violence charities, according to the press release.

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