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The typical explanation for Chicago’s gang violence is as follows.
Young gang members in small, disorganized cliques shoot each other over petty personal feuds that they play out on social media with the hope of gaining street notoriety and possibly fame as a rapper.
Type - Vogue - Rapper - Gangster - Disciples
This type of killing came into vogue in 2012 when a rapper and Gangster Disciples gang-member Lil Jo Jo was killed after making a music video threatening to kill members of rapper Chief Keef’s Black Disciples clique.
Lil Jo Jo’s video was a response to Keef’s “3hunna” music video in which he disses the Gangster Disciples.
Twitter - Feud - Lil - Jo - Jo
A Twitter feud between Lil Jo Jo and Keef went on for weeks before Lil Jo Jo was shot and killed. A gang war between the rival gangs then ensued, mainly in the form of retaliation killings.
Gang members view a connection between Chief Keef’s successful rap career and the notoriety he gained in connection to the Lil Jo Jo killing.
Term - Notoriety - Gang - Member - Goal
The slang term for such notoriety is “clout.” And whether a gang member’s goal is to gain respect in his or her neighborhood or become a famous rapper, chasing “clout” is the main reason for gang wars in Chicago.
But clout-based killings, according to this story, would not be as prevalent if the well-organized gangs of the 1990s had not been dismantled. Though more people were murdered in the ’90s, the killings were mainly in connection to the drug business.
Someone - Stole - Gang - Territory - Etc
If someone stole from the gang or tried to take territory, etc., the decision to kill went through a chain of command before any order was issued. Unsanctioned killing for personal reasons would often result in a beating.
“Anybody arguing, anybody fighting, anybody doing any ol’ type of thing you was gunna get yo head split, man — get your **** beat really bad,” said a former Black...
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