CHICAGO’S BODY COUNT GOES UP after rising rapper Joseph ‘Lil JoJo’ Coleman is gunned down on the city’s Southside Wednesday night.
Coleman, described as 16, 17 and 18 in various reports, was shot in the back while riding double on a bicycle when someone opened fire reportedly from a beige low-riding Ford Taurus. The Chicago Sun-Times and Complex reveal that the kid had been engaged in a war of words with rival rapper Keith ‘Chief Keef’ Cozart and others.
“This is not a diss song, this is just a message.These ni—s claim 3hunnak but we BDK. “
BDK is short for Black Disciples Killer, a member of a Chicago street gang. Complex has a detailed timeline of Coleman’s escalating verbal warfare.
The Sun-Times reports cops are canvassing the Englewood neighborhood looking for Coleman’s killer. Investigators suspect the shooting is related to conflict between two different gangs, the Gangster Disciples and the Black Disciples. “Two gangs are fighting each other, going at each other all over the Internet and this is all stemming from that,” a police source tells the paper.
Earlier Wednesday, Coleman apparently publicized on Twitter that he was in the Englewood neighborhood, deemed Keef turf. After Coleman was gunned down, Keef stupidly commented on Twitter, ” “Its Sad Cuz Dat N—- Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO.” Keef just signed to Interscope Records this summer. Now police are investigating his remarks, and even though he’s been dropping references to #300 — code for the Chicago gang Black Disciples, Keef now claims his Twitter account was hacked.
But Coleman’s grieving mother Robin Russell tells the the Sun-Times, “It wasn’t a gang thing, it was a rap thing,” she said. “My son was going to get a rap deal like some of them have and they were jealous.”
Here’s Coleman’s “diss” video uploaded in April depicting a group boys and men, many pointing automatic guns at the camera. With so many guns on the street, it’s naive to expect Chicago’s street crime will stop resulting in bloodshed. And there will be many more ghosts walking the street.