His aunt said that Lil Jojo, real name Joseph Coleman, was going for a Biggie versus Tupac sort of rivalry with other area rappers. He wanted to get under their skin in order to increase attention to the rappers. In the process, he posted a video on YouTube where he brandished automatic weapons, made gang references, and threatened his rivals. His YouTube account also posted a video of him in a confrontation with a friend of his greatest rival: Chief Keef.
Hours after the latter video was posted, Joseph Coleman was dead, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. He was shot by a gunman in a tan sedan while riding a bike near his home.
Chief Keef’s twitter account posted “Its Sad Cuz Dat N—— Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO” hours after the shooting. He claimed his account was hacked. Lupe Fiasco, a long-established Chicago rapper, responded with, “I cant go 4 that @ChiefKeef & i cant let the people i love, including you my n——, go 4 that either. We kings not f——— savages and goons.” Keef promised, “wen I see [Fiasco] I’ma smack him like da lil b—— he is #300.”
#300 is a reference to the Black Disciples street gang.
Lil Jojo’s automatic weapon video included the reference to “BDK”, which allegedly means “Black Disciple Killers.”
The lines between hip hop, gang violence, and reality have blurred in this situation. An 18-year-old is dead. A 17-year-old is the main person of interest.
If Keefe was the triggerman in the tan Ford Taurus, he faces severe first-degree murder charges. Murder committed by drive-by used to be a capital offense prior to the abolishment of the death penalty. Now, it can mean a life sentence without parole. If not, there are also sentencing enhancements for possession of a firearm during the killing or use of a firearm during the killing.
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