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Rapper Chief Keef to use hologram to perform at benefit, avoid arrest

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chief Keef Previews ‘Bang 3,’ Says Big Glo’s Death ‘Told Me ‘You Gotta Grow Up”.

CHICAGO — The rapper Chief Keef plans to have a benefit concert for two victims of violence here this week using hologram technology, because he says an outstanding warrant for his arrest makes it too difficult for him to return home. The victims were killed in a nearly unfathomable tragedy on Saturday when Keef’s friend and fellow rapper Marvin Carr was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in the city. Two men police say were involved in the fatal shooting of Carr then fled the scene and crashed their car into a 14-month-old boy sitting in his stroller while he and his mother waited at a bus stop. After the deadly crash and shooting, Keef would hold the benefit in his hometown of Chicago for the families of Carr and the little boy, Dillan Harris. Based on a first listen, Sosa’s going in a different sonic direction, one that’s somewhat more upbeat and smothered in Auto-Tune; lyrically, it’s less about guns and gangs.

Last year, Interscope Records dropped him (which he admits to bringing on himself, by purposely doing “stuff” to get booted — like not showing up to performances); before that he was in rehab; then there’s the beef with other rap crews, social media spaz fests, and around two solid years of lawsuits. Michael Pfleger, a Catholic priest and prominent anti-violence activist in Chicago, wrote on his Facebook page that Keef “has been one of the encouragers of the violence.” Alki David, whose HologramUSA and FilmOn Network will produce the concert, told USA TODAY that Pfleger’s response was “intolerant.” He added that Keef, who will soon turn 20, is a young man who is maturing and trying to get beyond his past mistakes. “That is indeed no real Christian message,” David said of Pfleger’s comments. “Anybody who can make any change in what is going on with violence in Chicago is a personality like Keef. Rather than criticize him, no matter how you feel about him, you should get behind this.” Keef rose from relative obscurity to signing a reported $6 million deal with Interscope Records in 2012. With his first studio release since his Filthy Rich debut, he’s “going another way” musically, while showcasing his production skills, and keeping it light on guest features. The teen signed a two-album deal with FilmOn Networks, owned by Alki David — the billionaire behind George Zimmerman’s nixed celebrity boxing match and Hologram USA, a technology company that improves upon the satellite performance structure, allowing artists to digitally transport themselves to stages worldwide. “He went to jail, waived a gun at a cop… he’s like a crazy person,” jokes the businessman, before getting more serious about why he chose to collaborate with Keef. “He’s profoundly talented.

He wants everyone to know that he’s done running amok, and that permanently relocating to L.A. has “changed” his life. “I got away from all the unnecessary trouble,” he says to the room. “It’s better out here [in L.A.] than in Chicago, because I got in so much trouble. It changed me, and [inspired] me to go somewhere bigger.” Around this time three years ago, “I Don’t Like” turned him into an overnight celebrity (by rap standards). A co-sign from Kanye West helped move things along, and before we knew it, rap’s newest “it-guy” was a rowdy teenager, who flaunted his obsession with firearms — even at the expense of his own freedom. An interview with Pitchfork, which took place at a New York gun range, placed him behind bars, and opened the door to a string of bad decisions that dominated headlines and overshadowed his music. But the 2014 murder of his cousin Mario “Big Glo” Hess provided the most substantial moment of clarity. “When that happened that was the biggest lesson,” Keef tells Billboard. “It told me ‘You gotta grow up.'” Hess, also a rapper, inspired Keef to make a change, he says. “I know he would want me to be a better person.

He just, he brought me back.” One day after the listening session, Keef’s Glo Gang affiliate, 22-year-old Marvin Carr, who rapped under the name Capo, was shot to death in Chicago.

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