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Common Wants Hip Hop Artists To Help Stop Chicago Violence

(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop artist and actor Common is speaking out against the overwhelming violence that has consumed his hometown of Chicago. Speaking with the Associated Press, Common suggests that a “peace summit” with fellow Chi-town rapper Chief Keef is a necessary first step to curb the violent crimes happening in the city.

Chief Keef has become one of the public faces to the Chicago violence in the mainstream press because of the references to gun violence in his music and his several run-ins with the law. Common makes the points that rap music is not the root cause of the violence, but the music does impact the minds of young people.

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“To decide to take someone’s life, I don’t think they let a rap song determine that,” said Common, but then adds that the youth are “influenced by that energy and take it the wrong way.”

The “Ghetto Dreams” rhymer offers that more educational programs would play an important part in turning around the current state of violence perpetrated by some young people. He believes that Hip Hop artists should play a greater role in making these changes happen.

Common has already began taking a personal stance to help underprivileged youth with his Common Ground Foundation. The CGF provides programs such as the Dreamers & Believers Summer Youth Camp and a mentoring program for public school students in Chicago. A benefit concert for the non-profit organization was held last night (9/20) at Chicago’s House of Blues.

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On the Common Ground Foundation Common wrote:

I started the Common Ground Foundation because I wanted to help. Most of all help people to help themselves. I always believed that if we started with the youth then we would be planting the seeds for our future to blossom. Give the children a sense of hope, self-esteem, and love that will better the world…I think making a difference in the lives of others is life’s greatest purpose. I walk this path with faith knowing that the Common Ground Foundation will Change the World.

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  • Matt Swan

    Common you mean well, but the problems that plague Chicago right now aren’t theirs alone, and you’re asking for a fundamental shift in the way rap is marketed, made, and given to the youth of today. C.R.E.A.M. is what is king in some young eyes because they want that life they see but cannot grasp. Quick money over hard earned money, to a child? Please you know what they are going to pick in most cases. The root starts with the family, moves onto personal ownership of actions, maturity, and IMO intellectual growth (school, job, family of own etc). Until we accept what we do as wrong, until we are willing to make a honest effort for change BEFORE a tragedy, until we stop glorifying “the life” and associating it as the only way out, then we are going to have more incidents like what is happening in Chicago and other cities across the nation. You want peace and goodwill, write about it. Make it “cool”. Stop making jail and prison fashionable, a difference can be made. Chief Queef isn’t the solution or the answer; how many rappers are there from Chi town? And you think Queef is the salvation for the ills of Chi? GTFOH Common. You’re smarter than that, and you know the GD’s and VL’s. Work with them and the LK’s and see where you can make inroads to positivity. Queef ain’t sh*t and never will be sh*t. You may as well ask lil gayne to teach you skateboarding if you think Queef is going to help get ish right.

    • brotha_man

      Truth

    • @realseanbarnes

      real talk fam im from Chicago and everything u said is on point,, I come from that gang and street life and I know its a better way and it starts with self accountability and responsibility, I am a artist now and the intro to my album is a statement that says ” I PLEDGE TO NEVER GLAMORIZE OR GLORIFY MY PAST GANGSTA LIFE STYLE” and what we gtta do is start letting kids and folks know that living legal and being about your bizness is whats cool and stop trying to portray this illusion that selling dope and killin folks makes u gangsta!.. a real gangsta is a cat that’s legal on the streets handling his biz and living and enjoying life to the fullest that’s GANGSTA!!!! #ElevationNation #MotivationMusik

    • Andy

      Great post as usual.

  • brotha_man

    The problem is with rappers making music glorifying crime and not highlighting the penalites and destruction that crime causes. The real rick ross says after the rug was pulled he say the true destruction that his drug dealing cause. They need to start anrap summitt, where rapper, the community, the police come together with a solution. Rappers should rap about change and become more politically involved. We dont need reeboks and wing stops, we need schools funded. Whether they like it or not kids look up to rappers and dealers, cuz theres no daddy in the house. My pops was a dealer, he bounced was in and out of jail, I thouhght dealing and banging was the only way, till I sgarted playing sports and mynpops people showing me that college was the way. #no church in the wild. rapper should get together make a self destruction version 2014

    • @realseanbarnes

      real talk fam im from Chicago and everything u said is on point,, I come from that gang and street life and I know its a better way and it starts with self accountability and responsibility, I am a artist now and the intro to my album is a statement that says ” I PLEDGE TO NEVER GLAMORIZE OR GLORIFY MY PAST GANGSTA LIFE STYLE” and what we gtta do is start letting kids and folks know that living legal and being about your bizness is whats cool and stop trying to portray this illusion that selling dope and killin folks makes u gangsta!.. a real gangsta is a cat that’s legal on the streets handling his biz and living and enjoying life to the fullest that’s GANGSTA!!!! #ElevationNation #MotivationMusik its time for artist to start standing for something instead of dying over bullshit.

    • Southcidal

      Politically involved? A rapper is just that, a rapper. We can’t put it all on these dudes. And its easy for Freeway Rick to fess up to the destruction after he’s enjoyed the benefits.
      I agree about the rapper’s content. They must start giving the Slick Rick Children Story ending a lot more. Or KRS’ Loves Gonna Getcha type songs even more. But the reality is that most of these rappers haven’t really lived the stuff they’re talking so they’ll never be able to tell the whole story.
      I think if we build these elementary schools kids won’t be hinging so much on rappers’ every word.
      Imagine schools with new, modern computer based text.
      Imagine schools with well compensated teachers who are motivated by performance incentives.
      Imagine beautiful, well-kept facilities.
      Give a kindergartner this, and by the time he’s hits the sixth grade he’ll be a young biologist and will only giggle at songs about kilos if he even pays attention to them at all.
      What the rappers need to contribute is money, not political contributions. Politics is bull shiit. No rapper’s presence can have any affect at a state capital building. But a couple G’s from all of these self proclaimed ballers can go a long way toward opening up private charters.
      Public schools will never work because of politics. Money rules politics and the rich would rather put their money in money-making prisons than help build public schools.

      • brotha_man

        as much as we hate politics, understanding politics is very important in our day-to-day. They/we often don’t understand or question policies that put us at a disavantage. As much as we hate or may disagree with a political parties hidden agenda its important to stay involved/connected as much as possible. #thestreetsarewatching

  • Jeffrey Wilson

    I am not a big Kanye fan. But he spoke the truth on “Everything I am”. The line of Chicago had over 600 caskets, man killing is some wack shit.

  • Southcidal

    Where’s Oprah? She builds schools in Africa but says phuck Chi-town huh? I guess she doesn’t notice or her bosses won’t allow it.

    Oprah, Kanye, Obama, Jay, Bob Johnson and Beyoncé can all contribute .05 percent of their wealth and totally rebuild the school system of West and Southside Chicago.

    Dr. Dre gave 40 mil to USC, how much has he given to South Central public schools? (Somebody please enlighten me on the amount.)

    We must focus on the kindergarteners. Phuck Chief Keef, he and his peers in his age group are already lost.

    If these little ones are going to clean, technologically advance learning institutes with well compensated, motivated teacher they’ll rather be there than on a corner.
    Black people have got to stop waiting for others to help them. How do you think that these wealthy private white schools were created? Philanthropic contributions. They care about their kids. Our wealthy are afraid to give back out of fear of being sent back.

    There must eventually be a point where we aspire to build the hood instead of making it out.

    • Negro Peligro

      And no jobs no way to get out will tear it right back down. They can start a factory in that area and watch how it cleans up. SCHOOL usually is supported by good jobs. Put some jobs in the community watch all this dumb stuff go away.

    • Dead wrong

      I think they live by they live by the American creed: Do for self and F the rest. I’m sure they give a decent amount, esecially Oprah, but you know that most blacks have adopted that philosophy. *Nino Brown voice* It’s the American way. If you surveyed most black youth, i’m sure you’d find that most of them wanted to make it big and get out. Some of these charities started by stars are merely tax shelters.

      • brotha_man

        I believe oprah said that she doesn’t do as much for blacks because we dont appreciate it as much as others in other countries. I often wonder why are so quick to helpnother counties insted of the own. Especially when schools are constantly closing. I.e. Detroit

    • BulldogCG

      Exactly, why don’t these people fund an actual political party for African Americans and demand our issue be brought to the table? damn dems and repubs, neither rep people of color. Those that can don’t, its sad.

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  • Dead wrong

    I’m from Chicago. This is mostly gang violence but it’s rarely reported that way. By crushing the head of the snake decades ago they left a body without a conscience. The gangs splintered into factions and now there’s even war between factions of the same gangs. Now you have trappers fanning the flames over the airwaves. Common needs to speak to the trappers, not hip-hop artists, that’s who’s continuing the decades long beef. They reward young cats with million dollar record contracts for openly representing their factions and threatening their foes with violence…and they expect this to stop?

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  • FUCK ALL OF U RACIST’S

    He want’s rappers to make a peace summit???? hahah ….what the hell are rappers gonna do to help it…..what a joke….fuck a peace summit , get OBAMA TO DO SOMETHING ….everybody was happy to see a black president, but he ain’t doing shit…..

    • Matt Swan

      Rappers hold more sway over the youth this summit is supposed to help than the President does. And thinking rappers can’t do anything to stop violence is wrong Snoop worked to try to get the B’s n C’s to stop the violence in LA. In the 90’s there was the “Self Destruction” movement So to say that rappers can’t help is wrong. It needs the right rappers to make a difference.

  • eddieknucks

    Rappers need to tell the truth and speak of the downfalls of the street game instead of glorifying that shit. Parents need to be reeducated and employed. A lot of the parents of this generation grew up in the crack era and were in the streets themselves. The youngsters are trying to live our war stories. We did not know how to be parents. There need to be jobs for these young cats. Summer youth work for the kids to learn how to hold a job and balance a budget. We need better schools that educate on the suburban level. Schools that teach life skills and have a wider variety of vocational classes. We need to stop destroying our neighborhoods by vandalizing and victimizing potential investors in our community. We as parents need to stop rewarding failure. Lastly, we will not be able to save a lot of the young people already lost so, we have to focus on the ones who haven’t gone astray and try to teach only those who are willing to learn. Peace.

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  • best_believe

    One of the problems are that government is giving more money for welfare then minimum wage. So why should people work? They stay home with too much time on there hands. So why would businesses stick around if they can’t get people to stick it out? Politicians think the only answer is to hand out more money. We need more jobs. Even if you start at minimum wage it is a starting point to get experience and move up. But if you ain’t work in some years who would want to hire that person?

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