This is from the EPD's squad room update:
"Three years ago, a rap video by 17 year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef (recorded when he was under house arrest) slammed a rival gang. Lil JoJo, a member of that gang, responded in kind. A weeks-long online war ensued that captured the attention of rap fans and social media followers everywhere. When Lil JoJo was shot dead on the back of a friend’s bicycle, a retaliatory call-to-arms erupted that resulted in a round of killings. I think I forgot to mention that the rap tune that sparked this series of murders won Chief Keef a $6 million deal with a record company."
Rap labels and big money rappers like Kanye ate this stuff up and saw big $$$. This was all circa 2012, but the same thing continues. Bangers don't bang on the street. Talking shit and showing off your armory on Youtube makes you an instant gangsta rap star. Nobody's shooting yet. A few days later the retaliation starts, innocent bystanders get shot and killed. I'm not saying social media is the REASON for the big rise in gang violence in Chicago. It is a big part of the cycle though, and it promises a lot more fame than graffiti or any other 'analog' form of gang-banging.