Chance The Rapper wants to end gun violence in Chicago and he needs your help to make it happen.
Last week, Chance the Rapper tweeted "Save Chicago. This friday." Immediately, fans began to speculate what the tweet's cryptic message was intended to be. Theories arose that a secret show would be performed in the rapper's home city or that he'd possibly join his younger brother Taylor on stage at the latter's Saturday night concert. Instead, the hip-hop star was actually pointing to a larger concern than his music this Memorial Day weekend.
In a series of tweets, the rapper explained his new movement, why he started it, and how the community can help.
when i was in LA My pops asked me to help with a project. He was tryin to get Community Org's in CHI to prevent every murder on Memorial Day— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 27, 2014
He had talked to Churches, Schools, Outreach Prog's and Business's, trying to get them to commit to saving every life possible yesterday— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 27, 2014
The plan was to get these mass numbers of people out on street corners Friday night with posters and banners with the plea "#SAVECHICAGO"— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 27, 2014
all he asked of me was to say something on social media. and so i did ambiguously through tweets that hinted at an album, or a song #MAY23rd— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 27, 2014
And even though i was outta town i checked in constantly. come to FIND OUT WE WENT 42 HOURS FROM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY NIGHT W/O ONE SHOOTING— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 27, 2014
not one reported shooting from the day before we stepped on those corners til the day after. http://t.co/pYuDCiJcwa— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 27, 2014
The movement is also being backed by fellow Chicago native Common, who tweeted out "Great news!
@chancetherapper told me that Chicago went 42hrs from Thursday to Saturday w/o 1shooting. Let’s keep it up! #SaveChicago" earlier this week.
What can you do to help #SaveChicago?