Chief Keef and his team are seeking legal action after a benefit concert was shut down in Hammond, Indiana, according to Billboard. The show, where Keef appeared via hologram, was moved after being cancelled in the rapper’s hometown of Chicago.
“Municipal leaders are dictating what young people can listen to,” says Alki David, who recently signed Keef to a record deal and owns the hologram company who helped produce the show. “It’s absurd. There is zero justification.”
David says that they will be involving the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the battle. The ACLU is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the constitutional rights of American citizens.
Keef is upset that his show was shut down by police.
“They don’t want to see a young black man be successful and try to do something good,” he says. “It’s crazy.”
He announced on Twitter Tuesday (July 28) that he is running for mayor of Chicago. He confirmed these plans in the interview and had some words for current mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“Fuck the mayor with a sandpaper dick,” he says.
Mayor of Hammond, Thomas M. McDermott Jr., says that he did not have contact with Emanuel when deciding to shut down the performance. He says Keef’s reputation was enough for him to act.
“In my opinion, he glamorizes gang-lifestyle, anti-cop, anti-women, pro drug-use,” McDermott says. “This was a public venue and surrounded by a residential neighborhood. We don’t want to invite the possibility of some of the gangs that are terrorizing Chicago right now to come to Northwest Indiana.”
Keef’s argument that he is being censored is supported by Northwestern University law professor John McGinnis.
“That seems to me an example of a First Amendment violation,” he says. “There would have to be a danger of violence in the [following] few hours. I’m skeptical that the mayor could show that.”
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