Chief Keef’s hologram concert shut down by police in Hammond

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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.The fundraiser was intended to benefit the family of 13-month-old Dillan Harris, who was killed when the suspect in that shooting hit Harris’ stroller with his vehicle while fleeing police. 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.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott confirmed the venue had been rented out for the night but understood it to be a private event and did not expect it to draw much of a crowd. “So if it can’t happen right now and the city is that adamant about shutting it down, all I’m gonna say is at some point one day it will happen”. 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, as Chief Keef’s manager, Idris Dykes a.k.a “Peedapan,” now tells Billboard, that show too remains a major question mark. “The hologram show… if it doesn’t happen at one point it’s gonna happen [eventually],” Peedapan says calling from Los Angeles. “And there’s gonna be several of them. Police say Harris, 13 months old, was hit by a car sought in connection with the July 11 fatal shooting of Carr, a rapper named Capo who was affiliated with Chief Keef. “The show goes on,” entrepreneur Alki David, who owns Hologram USA, said in a statement. “Like the L.A. riots in the 90’s, Dillan Harris’ murder is the tipping point. Keef posted a video to Instagram on Wednesday confirming the show will go on as planned. “Stop the violence now”. “The mayor’s administration called Redmoon and informed them that the show by Mr.

Police cut the power, which they vowed to do, if Keef appeared. “Even though I was told no Chief Keef by the promoters, they tried it anyway, so we shut it down. 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 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 an emailed statement from wealthy businessman Alki David, the backer of the Chief Keef benefit concert, David wrote: “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. Plus we’ll be back to sue your asses.” Earlier Saturday, Devon Bonaparte, a promoter with Capital Connect that was behind Craze Fest, told the Sun-Times that Keef was not appearing in any fashion at the Hammond event.

Saturday, the rapper’s Twitter account announced the concert would be at Lincoln Hall, but that North Side venue shot that down in its own Twitter post, saying the hologram concert wasn’t happening there. Immediately after the cancellation of that show, promoters attempted to switch the venue to a strip club in south suburban Harvey, but the mayor of Harvey refused to allow it.

The Keef concert was set up as a fundraiser for and in memory of a rapper friend of Keef’s slain in gun violence recently as well as a toddler who died in the aftermath.

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