Kanye West, Noonie Ward, Common

EXCLUSIVE: Chicago OG Noonie Ward Weighs In On Common, Kanye, Violence In Chicago; Calls On Rappers To Act


(AllHipHop News) Chicago rappers Kanye West and Common are grabbing headlines for their comments about the violence that plagues their hometown of Chicago.

Kanye West appeared on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show” and during the interview with Kimmel, West stated: “Don’t antagonize me, cause you know what? It’s not safe for you in the zoo. Never think that I’m not from Chicago for one second and think that you can walk up and disrespect me and my family, constantly,” in relation to his physical encounter with a photographer at LAX in July.

Today, Common responded to the comments on TMZ.com, during a quick interview on the streets of New York City. Common agreed with Kanye, about the violence in their city.

“You see what’s going on with the young people right now, there’s a lot of death and violence going on in Chicago, but we’re gonna make change,” Common promised.

Chicago activist Harold “OG Noonie G.” Ward is a former high-ranking member of The Gangster Disciples, the nation’s largest gang.

Ward, who has worked with closely with Kanye and Common on various anti-violence events in Chicago, is featured in an in-depth article in Bloomberg Market, which is scheduled to hit shelves this month.

The article details the Gangster Disciples’ historical role in the heroin pipeline into Chicago, and the bloody grip Joaquin Guzman’s Mexican drug cartel holds over the city.

“It’s the Mexican cartels and the powers that be in Chicago,” Noonie G. told AllHipHop.com. “The drugs are coming from Mexico to Chicago. It’s a $3.5 billion industry. It’s the hardest on the South and West sides, where you see most of the violence coming from. People are fighting over that cartel drug money. The violence wasn’t as bad until this started happening, and now you see it going to another level.”

Noonie G., who was featured on an episode of “American Gangster” about Chicago’s gangs, turned his life around after a prison stint in 1994 and has been active in Chicago politics ever since.

He even worked with President Barack Obama when the Commander-in-Chief was an activist in the Altgeld Gardens housing complex.

President Obama’s former Chief-of-Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is the current Mayor of “Chiraq,” while Garry F. McCarthy serves as the city’s Police Chief.

“Our Police Chief is Hollywood. He ain’t no real Police Chief,” Noonie G. told AllHipHop.com of McCarthy, who starred in the Sundance reality series “Brick City,” which centered around gangs and crime in Newark, New Jersey.

“They are getting paid off these kids. Crime pays,” Noonie G. continued. “Each one of these kids are like pawns. Chicago is known to be the most ruthless city for everything. From the police to everything else. They could stop this level of killings if they wanted to. They get all this money from Washington DC, but they don’t use the money for education programs, or gang prevention.”

Noonie G. says he works tirelessly to help stem the violence in Chicago, but a major presence is noticeably absent – that of the rappers.

According to Noonie G., it’s just not enough for the Chicago rappers to pay attention to the violent epidemic sweeping through the Windy City.

Noonie G. is seeking the support of the entire Hip-Hop industry, as he attempts to help calm the violence in the streets of Chicago, which also stems from the lack educational opportunities for teens in the city, after Mayor Emanuel ordered 47 elementary schools permanently closed.

“I need the rappers to come together, and not with the powers that be,” Noonie G. told AllHipHop.com. “We need to sit down without any music industry politics, with the street guys and really try to figure out what we can do with these kids. Right now, rappers are coming to Chicago, doing their concerts and getting their money, but they keep on going. Don’t none of them go to the hood. They’re scared. But the thing is your black. You’re not scared of the Ku Klux Klan, but you’re scared of your own people? I am not asking anyone for any money. Their influence would be enough.”

To contact activist Harold “OG Noonie G” Ward about helping in Chicago, feel free to email NoonieHK (at) aol.com.

  • Young Lou

    Good luck cause the young people in Chicago don’t give a flip about nothing at all!!!

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      Young Lou – and the reason is welfare – it is destroying us – girls having children that they Hate, for welfare – once they’re a certain age, the sooner they’re in jail, the better

      • DJ7

        Blanket statements such as yours contributes to the problem…I already know what road you’re trying to go down and it’s best I let you be on your way…dolo…no need to waste another keystroke

      • Breeze

        kir. . . part of what he said is true. though it may not have shit to do with young black men killing each other over money, drugs, and territory. . . i have witnessed myself, females having babies that they never gonna love by random ass niggaz who they;ll never see again unless they know who it is and know they can get that child support. and this is girls of every race. shit i know a woman who has 2 very destructive children who beats her and steals from her WHOM SHE NEVER CALLS THE COPS ON because every month she receives a $900 check for each and child support lmfao. . . these hoes be accn up

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        Breeze – All of what I said is true – tell us what part ain’t

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        can’t compare past generation Negro Mothers with lastest generations – 2 totally different kinds of Ladys – that’s why welfare Used to work, but is the enemy now

      • STFU! You ‘ole Gary Noble @$$ Nucca!

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        EDOG – your stupidity with no facts is old

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        EDOG – all the time knowing if you stepped out your hoodrat hood – you’d be Dead

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        EDOG – I got friends like you – you talk tuff on your block for life – then step off it with the same – and is filled with bulltets

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        and I Hope you Don’t believe that

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        all the sh3t you talk – and being Scared to show your face – proves your a block coward

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        remember – Don’t believe that

      • You don’t have friends……Bullets?
        Your life is filled with fist to your face as soon as you leave your house…..on your own block, you ‘ole Gary Noble @$$ Nucca!

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        DJ_7 – it is a blanket statement – and the blanket isTrue – and I said it Clearly – not “road I’m trying to go down” – it’s a straight pointed sentence – and telling the source of our problem is not contributing – it’s opening eyes and giving knowledge

      • Celz

        Racism stems from prejudice and prejudice stems from blanket statements.. The root words in prejudice are pre judge. So by you prejudging people you never met you are in the same category as a racist white person. Just because what you say applies to someone doesn’t mean you can spout it as fact. You trivializing the depth and difficulty of the problem only makes our people look weaker. There is blame and accountability for more than one group and there are exceptions to the rule.

      • ZUBU

        @DJ_7, Yo God don’t waste no more time on “THAT” person I think it’s an agent just here to cause problems. I had a lil’ discourse with them the other day hmm…. That person does not want to engage in intellectual debate, just a hate monger. Peace Bro…

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        ZUBU – your talk with no facts prove you don’t even believe what your saying – talk facts

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  • Oknas

    fashion is more important to kanye

  • Matt Swan

    West stated: “Don’t antagonize me, cause you know what? It’s not safe for you in the zoo. Never think that I’m not from Chicago for one second and think that you can walk up and disrespect me and my family, constantly,” While I agree with the sentiment of the statement, when did Ye get gangsta, and with these celebs it’s amazing what they’ll say and do when they have multiple bodyguards surrounding their every move. Take the money, the fame, and the security teams away and you’re left with someone who is just like anyone else, and can get his ego, jaw, and ass shattered by a regular dude and he could come from the cold dirt roads of North Dakota.

    • Matt Swan

      This is golder1’s reply to me:

      He never said he is gangsta. I know plenty of dudes who are not from the street but disrespect them and you will be picking a couple of your teeth off the street for disrespect. Kanye has no problem voicing his opinion since he sarted in this game and pretty sure growing up and Chicago gave him a bit of an edge and bit of fcuk a nigga syndrome

      And my reply to him:
      What does growing up in Chicago mean? You get an instant n*gga pass because you’re from the windy city? What about NY, DC, Miami, Oregon, Gary Indiana, Tulsa OK? Ye was not a GC or a VL. So what edge did he get? You can get your a$$ planted in the ground let alone your teeth knocked out in any town, any city, anywhere. Ye has a mouth on him because folks let him run off with the gums. The difference between him and the normal person is when we say it, we have to be willing to personally back it up. Ye does ish but what no one see’s in the pictures are the personal security teams in the background that you nor I have. You take away Ye’s team and his jaw will go out faster than the cash register at Wallmart, every time he opens it. And the same goes for most rappers today. I could care less about those that brag about what they do, can do, or have done, because I know 99% of the time it’s a lie. The ones I’d actually worry about are the ones who are quiet, meek, thought of as weak. Those are the ones that’ll snuff you and keep it movin. Bottom line is being from some city or town doesn’t mean sh*t other than you are from that city or town.

      • Chrisblackusa

        CHILL,,,ye got some bonified gangsters around him from the gate who aint there for security but actually write hit songs,,,,,i got 2 words,,malik yusef,,,,and most gangsters i know and grew up with were not on no silent sheet,,,,the snakes were quiet,,,lions roar,,,

      • Matt Swan

        lolz man I’m good. Just making a point that no city is harder than the next. But I agree with you to a point; snakes are quiet, but most of em love to brag at some point. The lion looks, listens, and pounces without a word and then it’s yo a$$ Mr. Postman. I did look Malik up and dude seems legit, and overcame a lot to get where he is now. But I still feel Ye is on some ego ish, and that’s not just because of where he’s from. But it’s all good really I wanted to give golder1 a reply because he was “moderated” over one word, and his response to me wasn’t shown. That’s not fair to him, me or anyone else that wants to debate something on here.

      • Did he have a link in his reply that got moderated?

      • Matt Swan

        Naw I saw f*ck in there, so I changed that to fcuk and posted it

      • Makes sense, by focusing on ways around profanity, we also learn how not to use it, as opposed to some people that blurt it out without thinking.

        Good look on the repost!

        It added context.

        >>In Rakim’s voice : “It ain’t where you from, it’s where you at!”

        In retrospect though, I think the “soft” dudes from North Dakota, are “softer” than the “soft” dudes from Chi Town.

        ChiTown been getting in since day one.
        #IJS
        (*Cabrini Green, Good Times, CandyMan)

      • hoeyuno

        Haha my homie had a bball scholarship to north Dakota and got sent home two weeks later for extorting all the dudes at his dorm.

      • The ‘ole “Punch a ninja in the arm until he does your homework” trick!

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  • Ike’s Mood

    common might reach out but kanye aint doing shit for nobody from chicago. why noonie didnt holla at twista?

  • Montezuma1

    Blame it on the cartels and the “powers that be.” Sorry azz ni99as never owning up to their own bullshyt. Now we’re waiting on rappers to save us?!! Noonie you gotta come better than that. Until we start holding our own accountable for their actions nothing will change. Keep making excuses and expecting people not affected by our destruction to change THEIR behavior. What is Noonie to do? Truth and accountability are not popular so it’s gonna be business as usual. Keep passing the buck, It’ll eventually work its way back home.

    • king hoover

      so what do you suggest bird brain

      • Montezuma1

        What I suggest is real black men reclaim the streets from the savages who kill kids with impunity and create havoc in our community. The problem is there are no men cause everyone is busy being a kid. 30 is the new 20. Ni99as gonna have to come out and crack heads not beg and make excuses like bytches. Time to knock on doors and put out the word. We ain’t having this no more and the first one act up get dressed up. Real simple but you lames probably wanna do a stop the violence record and spit bars to show your skills. Calling me bird brain. lol Fukking cowards and dick riders the bunch of you.

    • Celz

      You can state the root causes without passing the buck. People are people rich kids in college get caught up in drugs too when they find out you can make 50k a year flippin weed OT with no degree and no previous work experience. You tell a nicca with low education and a broken home to stack boxes all week and make half what he can make in one day hustlin. It’s about minimizing negative influences, increasing positive influences, and increasing education. He made good points and touched on all the main areas… fam you sound like you hatin..

      • Montezuma1

        “fam you sound like you hatin.” Will you ni99as come up with a better response for every time someone doesn’t agree with you? Please man. I’m not Hatin. Noonie is the OG with stripes so why don’t he talk to his own people instead of using entertainers to talk to them. I’ll tell you why because no one will listen to Noonie or even Farrakhan who lives in Chicago. They mask their lack of influence with smoke and mirrors. There is no order and no hierarchy in the streets of Chicago. Larry Hoover calls no shots so Noonie don’t either. People listen to who’s feeding them or cracking their heads and Noonie ain’t doing either one. He’s hustling. Just another poverty pimp. The hoods everywhere are filled with washed up old-timers trying to work the system by tapping into federal funds for gang intervention and the like. They ain’t helping nothing but themselves and bringing celebs to the hood facilitates this because it makes them appear influential when they aren’t. In LA the Mexican Mafia sends word to the hood that Mexican can’t kill Mexican without approval and people pay attention. They don’t beg for Kid Frost or Cypress Hill to come through and talk to the kids. GTFOH. What I hate is people wasting time and trying to be slick as the murder rate increases. Noonie blaming the Cartels when every dope boy in the Chi is looking for a Cartel connect. Remove the Cartels and simple ni99as gonna still do simple shyt. We gotta stop making excuses for them and set their azz straight. No one wants to do it though cause people like you will accuse them of “hatin.”

      • Celz

        Lmao I know you did not just disregard my whole post and respond to one sentence.. You kiddin me? I’m not finna even respond because my orginal post addresses most of what you said.. You can do better my nicca

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        and to add on its right @ your door step … thats what makes it so easy for urban kids to fall into the game … i guaranteed if i grew up in the city id be a different person … i was born in the city but was raised in the subs and i seen both sides … i know for sure id be a young AZIE if i was raised on them city blocks … its just to easy and right in your face … in the subs the drugs were heavy around but not as rampant .. plus the next neighborhood over was residential and i got to see people who actually worked for thier money lived vs people who HUSTLED for ther money lived … and the fiends were there but not as rampant and random … and being in the subs as a kid theres always a restuarant or something of that caliber near where you could get an honest job @ … i just got to see another side … and imo i dont blame any kid who really reside in the middle of the jungle that falls victim to the streets IJS its right @ your door step …. day after day after day after day after day … if you get thru that still with an postive outlook on life you are one strong person !! but in conclusion its our neighborhoods its breeding ground for criminals even where i was coming up @ !! trust me everyone didnt turn out like me all though we were living in the suburbs it was section8 living … same ish just a different look and location … but like i said the difference for me is i got to see both sides … and im very observant …. most arent alot of people just feel like were doomed and those people on the other side are either just lucky or white privledge ………. and i really owe it to my mother i was lucky to have one that worked every day and didnt do any drugs didnt even drink acohol so once again i got to see another side that alot of my friends didnt get to see …. which is why we can never deny that it start @ the home …. start is the key word tho cause it takes more than a good home to raise a woman or a man ………………. real ish ………

  • Tre C

    President Obama’s former Chief-of-Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is the current Mayor of “Chiraq,” while Garry F. McCarthy serves as the city’s Police Chief.

    The Mayor of Chiraq? When I read that, I was sure Illseed wrote this article. I was sadly mistaken. Or maybe Illseed, Friday Foster & Greg Watkins are all the same person? This site lacks professionalism, or journalistic integrity

  • richard_b_hard

    well with most of the cats in chiraq,to take a quote from Kanye”can’t tell them nothing” they ain’t got no regards for life,look at the bodycount.

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      lol i was about to do and say the samething using the CANT TELL ME NOTHING kanye quote lol … but sadily its true … and also @ the end of the day it only takes a few bad apples to spoil a bunch … sadily … and its too many people too many perspectives … someone is bound to f it all up …. but i do agree reguardless we should be proactive and try to provide things that werent once there …. but it def starts @ home we gotta start doing more positive things …as far as how we live and our lively hood … its hard to tell someone to do positive things when your doing negative ish youself …. and imo some how we also gotta create finacial oppurtunities for the youth …. drugs are always going to rule when you dont need no exp nor do you need to fill out an app to get the job … and more importantly $10 investment can get you going if your savvy enuff … and your owning your own business …. there is virtually nothing in this world outside of maybe selling bootleg ish where you can start with such an small investment and come up and make some decent $$$$ … but thats one of my ideas … brands should open up to street vending … there are bootleg street vendors everywhere …. why cant jordan brand or truckfit or sean jean open up thier brand to street vendors … or young entreupenors ???? let them get in for the low verses traditional BRICK n MORTAR ish !!!!!!!!! and i like the fact that kanye is trying to be a boss in the fashion industry if he could reach those heights he could very well do this if he could get into position … and in the back of my mind im thinking THATS WHY THEY WONT GIVE NO NEGRO IN THAT SPOT … it breeds ECONOMICS !!!!!!!!!! it gets deeper but im going to stop there yall should get the jist ……

      • Troll_E_G

        Isnt Diddy in clothing

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        yeah but i doubt if any of those guys own thier own brand … the only person i think that truely owns thier brand is Jordan … camron said back in the roc days jayz and dame were only getting 6% of the clothing brand that they created … so if rocawear made 200 million jayz, dame and biggs was only seeing 6% of that … which like camron said it looked bad in his eyes but he found out down the road thats industry standard …… but rules are made to be broken right !!!???!!!!!! time to take it to that next level

      • Pirate7X

        Pardon me, Jordan is at least half-owned by Nike and Diddy I believe owns Sean John and that’s what has kept him number #1 Hip Hop Earner.

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  • $35129287

    Wait so Chicago is worse, but in the 80s and 90s it was logging in nearly 1,000 homicides with less population then new york and la, but it is worse now because it logs 500 less murders? The crime rate dropped in Chicago drastically 500 less murders a year is progress

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      80s and 90s we were also still dealing with alot of race issues … i think thats where the drop comes in @ … now we are down to just US killing EACH OTHER !! and it needs to stop !! regardless of the #s its not a good look

  • NoGoBoi

    If only we could come together and get something positive in place to steer our children in the right direction. There’s so many people from back home who could play a huge role in getting something like like this into effect but there’s no trust. Everybody feels you can’t trust anyone, that they’re all out for self and with that type of thinking we’re just gonna have a bunch of great ideas and lack of actions. Sad…

  • RAPPERS ARE NOT ANSWER!!!!! GETTING UP ENOUGH PEOPLE EVERY NIGHT AND WALKING DOWN THOSE STREETS REALLY ENFORCING A MEAN CURFEW AND TAKING OVER A COUPLE OF THOSE 47 SCHOOLS AND USING THEM AS COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTERS/ RECREATIONAL CENTER/DRUG TREATMENT CENTERS AND IF THE STREET NIGGAS REALLY RAN SHIT THEY WOULD MAKE THESE BITCH ASS NIGGAS KICK OUT A 30% TAX TO ANY NIGGA PUSHING ON THE THEIR STREET YEAH AND IF THAT DOESN’T WORK THEN GET OFF YA’;LL LAZY ASSES AND REALLY TURN THAT BITCH TO chIRAQ

  • FREEfromslavery

    by the year 2020 every black community in amerikkka will resemble the lost tribe of chicago. when u dont control the money in your community, the educational system is playing you and our kids for suckers, and you have a deep rooted hate for yourself and anyone that looks like you. this simply means that black people are in the beginning stages of genocide. this amerikkkan plan that we are currenly under has been going on for 400 hundred years now, and unfortunately the devils who put this murderous plot together are seeing their wishes come true. these hoe ass rappers are part of the problem. they work for the amerikkkan master. their job is to make money for their white master and spread genocidal music throughout the country. and us black folk being the dumbest consumers in amerikkka buy up the cd’s of hate and live by every word these clown ass rappers spew out of their pieholes.

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