*The streets of Chicago were a lot safer over the Memorial Day weekend, thanks to Chance the Rapper.
The Chicago rhymesayer used the power of social media to help prevent the city’s escalating rising murder rate as he took to Twitter and partnered with his father to spread a message of hope, newsone.com reports. According to Chance, the #SaveChicago movement was largely a secret that resulted in a united effort between father and son.
“[W]hen i was in LA My pops asked me to help with a project. He was tryin to get Community Org’s in CHI to prevent every murder on Memorial Day,” the rapper tweeted.
Chance’s social media campaign comes after he recently graced the cover XXL magazine alongside other buzzworthy MC’s who made its 2014 Freshman list. The rapper, who received widespread attention for his 2013 mixtape “Acid Rap,” has addressed gang violence in Chicago in his music.
Regarding the motivation behind the movement, Chance tweeted that his father’s plan included talking to various churches, schools and businesses for support as well as radio stations
“He had talked to Churches, Schools, Outreach Prog’s and Business’s, trying to get them to commit to saving every life possible yesterday. The plan was to get these mass numbers of people out on street corners Friday night with posters and banners with the plea “#SAVECHICAGO,” the entertainer wrote. “His plan was to get radio stations like @WGCI and @Power92Chicago to say “PUT YOUR GUNS DOWN CHICAGO” every hour on the hour the wk before. all he asked of me was to say something on social media. and so i did ambiguously through tweets that hinted at an album, or a song #MAY23rd.
“And even though i was outta town i checked in constantly,” continued Chance, who posted a Chicago Tribune article highlighting killing and shootings with a request to “Read that from top to bottom and then come help us #SaveChicago.”
Despite the effort, Chance noted on Monday that a man was killed and seven others were shot on the actual Memorial Day holiday throughout Chicago. Nevertheless, the rapper is grateful for the community stepping up to unite for a common cause,
“come to FIND OUT WE WENT 42 HOURS FROM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY NIGHT W/O ONE SHOOTING,” he tweeted.