Last weekend, Chief Keef tried to play a free benefit concert for the family of Dillan Harris, a one-year-old killed in a hit-and-run following the fatal drive-by shooting of Keef’s associate Capo on the South Side of Chicago. Because of outstanding warrants, Keef can’t actually return to Chicago, so he planned to perform live at Chicago’s Redmoon Theater via hologram from Los Angeles. But apparently even Keef’s hologram isn’t welcome in Chicago, as mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration called the venue and urged them to cancel, saying that Keef’s music promotes violence and the show “posed a significant public safety risk.” The show is still happening tonight, though, with Chief Keef’s hologram appearing at a secret Chicago location. The show will start 11PM EST (8 PST), and it’ll be streamed live here via FilmOn. Watch below.
UPDATE: It turns out that the “secret Chicago location” was actually Hammond, Indiana, where Keef’s hologram performed at the Craze Fest hip-hop festival. As the Chicago Tribune reports, Holo-Keef only actually got through one song, “I Don’t Like,” before the power was cut off and police rushed the stage, shutting the whole thing down and ordering everyone to leave. Hammond police Cmdr. Pat Vicari says the promoters were warned that the concert would be shut down if Chief Keef performed, and no arrests or citations were made. Hologram USA CEO Alki David released a statement expressing frustration that the concert was shut down:
Shame on the mayor and police chief of Hammond for shutting down a voice that can create positive change in a community in desperate need. And for taking away money that could have gone to help the victims’ families. This was a legal event and there was no justification to shut it down besides your glaring disregard for the first amendment right to free speech.