Reading alarming statistics about the numbers of African Americans dying in Chicago’s out-of-control violence is jarring, but watching someone personally invested in the crisis become frustrated and distraught to the point of tears makes the message hit home in an entirely different way.
So when Lupe Fiasco broke down, saying, “Some of the kids aren’t going to make it out of there,” on MTV‘s RapFix Live Wednesday, people listened. Becoming emotional after seeing an old MTV News interview from his childhood block in Chicago, the nation’s murder capital, he told the host, “It’s a painful thing.”
“It’s some of them dudes is dead,” Lupe told Sway as he tried to compose himself. “Chicago’s the murder capital. The dudes in that video are in prison, a couple of fed cases, and then there’s ghosts. You see people that, that ain’t there.”
After watching his younger self elaborate on the struggles of growing