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‘The Devil’s Working Overtime in Chicago’ — King Louie on the City’s Gun Violence Epidemic

The Chicago rapper's alive and well, and wants your prayers

Max Cea // December 29, 2015

Last Wednesday, December 23, King Louie — the 27 year old Chicago rapper credited with coining the term “Chiraq” back in ’09 — was shot in the head. Louie was in his car, leaving a friend’s house near the 3900 block of West 83rd Street in Chicago in the mid-afternoon when he was shot, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Thankfully, Louie emerged from the incident alive and okay. So okay, in fact, that he was able to make an appearance on Don Lemon’s CNN show last night to speak articulately about Chicago’s gun violence problem. In response to Lemon’s question “What’s going on in Chicago?” Louie paused, then replied, “The devil is working overtime.” The answer wasn’t what Lemon was looking for, but was apt given the context  (did Lemon expect the rapper to go deep into sociopolitical theory in such a short segment?) Louie did note, though, that he thinks the police are “just as crooked as the people they lock up.”

Earlier this month, Louie — as well as fellow Chicago rappers like Chance the Rapper — vociferously voiced opposition to Spike Lee’s “reductive” solution to Chicago’s gun violence problem; in his new film, Chi-Raq, women withhold sex a la Lysistrata until the men achieve peace.

King Louie’s also a member of the Put the Guns Down Movement. Watch the video he recorded with Twilite Tone, Common, and Lil Herb below.