The police and city officials warned the organizers of a Hammond music festival that if Chief Keef appeared at the venue, it would be shut down. They were assured he would not be appearing at the festival and they kept to their word.
According to the Chicago Tribune on July 26, While Chief Keef wasn’t on stage in person a hologram of the controversial rapper appeared on stage. Just as this image of Chief Keef finished up the hit, “I Don’t Like,” police stormed in shutting down the music and ushering everyone out of the concert using their flashlights to shine the way.
According to the New York Times today, 19-year-old Chief Keef had titled the show “Stop the Killing.” The rapper’s hologram appearance was banned from several venues in the last week so this performance of his likeness on stage was a surprise at a hip-hop festival in Hammond, about 25 miles outside of Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office deemed Chief Keef “an unacceptable role model,” whose music “promotes violence” and whose presence, even via hologram “posed a significant public safety risk.” Some think this is dangerous territory to get into as his image was a bit more elaborate than what you would see in a movie, but an image never the less. Censoring an image could open a can of worms, so where does this stop?
According to the New York Times, “Stop the Killing” benefit concert was orchestrated to raise money for slain rapper Marvin Carr, who died in a shooting this month. The other victim was a toddler, only 13-months-old, who was killed by the vehicle fleeing the scene of that shooting. Little Dillan Harris was in his stroller at a bus stop with his mom when the car jumped the curb and ran over the child, killing him.
Chief Keef cited outstanding warrants for his arrest, stemming from two child support cases, for the reason that he did not appear in the flesh at the venue. Police were worried about violence, but the image of the rapper appeared to promote stopping violence. He also requested $50 donations from the crowd to go to the benefit account set up.
Concert goers left the venue without incident and it was a peaceful gathering to begin with. Two Chicago sisters, Asherah and Stefanae Coleman, were waiting to be picked up by their mom outside the concert location when they spoke to the media:
Asherah Coleman, 18 said, “They shut down a hologram and told us we had to leave. (Chief Keef) wasn’t even here. We’re in two different time zones.”
Stefanae, 17, said to reporters, “There was no violence. It was the police who did this. Everyone was happy. … We went through the whole show without any problems.” She continued saying, “They just waited for Chief Keef, and that’s what irks me. (The police) do this, then they get mad that we’re mad. It’s disrespectful to us.”
At the same time the Chief Keef’s hologram image was on stage, the show was being streamed live on filmon.tv. It is reported that when authorities saw this, police sprinted to the concert and shut it down.