'Nightline' Special On Chicago Gang Life Mentions Hometown Rapper Chief Keef (VIDEOS)

It's hard for many people to believe an American city could be an all-out war zone, but if you live in Chicago than you know first hand that seeing truly is believing.

With over two months left in the year, Chicago already has over 400 murders,, meaning more people lost their lives there than the number of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year.

ABC Nightline paid a visit to the city for a segment titled: “Hidden America: Inside Chicago’s Gang War.”

They spoke to people who have lost loved ones and also to the gang members who are involved in the ongoing war.

Rivals are put together inside a meeting to discuss the violence and why the cycle seems to be never-ending.

Organizers get gang members to pick up a basketball instead of a gun, and a friendly game is held and attended by NBA star Joakim Noah as well as former great Isiah Thomas.

Also featured in the segment was none other than Chicago rapper Chief Keef, whose career has been shadowed by violence and speculation since bursting on the scene with his smash hit ''I Don't Like''. Keef's appearance can be seen at around the 6:00 mark.

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Comment by thatnigga253 on October 24, 2012 at 8:56pm
them kids dont know why they beefing...i know why aint no f****** opportunity...no jobs, no education, and they are flooding the area with drugs. damn right they shooting m************ are hungry trying to survive. when we gonna get the f*** out of the middle east and every other country in the world and take care of our own? something needs to actually be done about the war on drugs and the prison system f*** the govt...and this sorry a** election yall aint talking about the s*** that matters
Comment by BAB0012 on October 24, 2012 at 7:15am
It all starts with the gov & community...if there's no opportunity, this is what you get....this has been going on for decades, remember the Good Times episode when JJ was shot by the vicelords??? That was when I first became aware of gangs and I think I was around 6-7 years old.....I'm 39 now, and today we find gangs all across the country and every city has it's gang problem....it's a white political issue...it was set up to neutralize the black community but now it's every where much like the drug prolem...
Comment by james on October 23, 2012 at 3:07pm
you would think black people would pull together because of people like romney
Comment by True2HipHop on October 22, 2012 at 6:24pm
It's a vicious cycle & it needs to stop. Young people need to have better outlets, which are not put in place because the government & state govts are too held up in issues that don't need the attention they are receiving. Violence will always be around if guns are around, it's just how it is. If you want to end gang violence, let's do research into the brain & see how we can change our thought process along with chemicals so we can make ourselves think before we act.
Comment by DETROITS OWN!! on October 22, 2012 at 1:24pm
I equate the gang issue to players joining a team. Think about this, some high school kid from Texas gets on the football team for Michigan. They are about to play Ohio State, Michigan's bitter rival. They ask the kid why does he "hate" Ohio State? Now this kid doesn't hate Ohio State. He may not even know much about them. But he is on the "other team." So he has to say he hates because of whatever made up reason. The old "your beef is mine" thing. These guys who join these gangs don't know a damn thing about why they hate the other gang. Other than they have a different color shirt. Now while they are in the gang, they may develop friendships and those friends get killed. NOW they have a reason. But there wasn't a reason to hate the other side in the first place. They may say they joined a gang because they couldn't make money. I have respect for rappers who were involved in the dark life and came out of it. It all starts with wanting more than you have or are "supposed" to have, based on your race, education, neighborhood. But most of these guys seem to be happy with what they have. They'll also tell you they'd give their life for their gang. And unfortunately, a lack of ambition comes with a cost. Their lives may be that price.
Comment by RoyalChi - You Will Bow To Me!!! on October 22, 2012 at 12:17pm
The solution to violence is money. Job opportunities go up, violence goes down. I never believed in the saying Mo Money Mo Problems, People who know broke know no money big problems. In Chicago it's a bunch of ants fighting over a crumb. No one likes being broke so most of the problems stem from that. Word @TheBadazz...Like they said in Friday "Young Folks today are sissyfied, scared to take an a** whipping".
Comment by RoyalChi - You Will Bow To Me!!! on October 22, 2012 at 12:10pm
These videos are so real, I don't let my son go outside or walk himself to school because where I came from & I'm not even in that environment anymore. I only visit my mother that stay in Englewood only in the morning but I don't want to be caught out there at night. It's a problem!
Comment by TheBadazz on October 22, 2012 at 11:46am
Hey I'm in the Chi. Some of these youngsters just don't seem to have a soul. They way too sensitive. Quick to blast over b*******. Back in the days, Mo's, folks, and kings, just use to whoop yo a** and left it like that. Now they don't know how to scrap and/or take a a** whipping. So they shoot first and don't give a s***. That's real sad.
Comment by Elwood Mob on October 22, 2012 at 11:01am
Growing up in LA i have been through what Chi town is going through... and i will say this, there is hope and a light on the other side. LA is nothing like it used to be 15 yrs ago. Unfortunately... it takes a lot of dead people to wake up a community and help them realize that the system is just laughing their a** off while you guys all kill yourself in the hood! And thats my word!
Comment by Marvin Singh on October 22, 2012 at 10:38am
It can't be helped, no matter what, noo matter how much money you sink in those neighborhoods, violence is culture now.

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