It appears Chief Keef’s arrest warrants are keeping him from appearing anywhere in the Midwest, even in hologram form.
The rapper had performed just one song via hologram at Hammond, Indiana’s Craze Fest on Saturday before police took to the stage and shut the concert down, according to Chicago’s WGNTV.
Chief Keef had planned on performing a “Stop the Violence” concert in Chicago to benefit the family of Dillan Harris, a 13-month-old killed last week when his stroller was hit by a man fleeing the shooting of area rapper Marvin Carr, who rapped under the name Capo. But Keef’s plans to hold the concert in Chicago were derailed when city officials barred the rapper from performing, citing public safety concerns.
Keef posted a video to Instagram earlier this week promising the show would go on at a secret location.
But police in Indiana reportedly shut down the rapper’s performance after just four minutes, after having reportedly warned the concert organizers they would shut down the festival if Chief Keef performed.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Keef has two outstanding arrest warrants in Illinois; one stemming from nonpayment of child support and one for skipping out on a pretrial hearing related to a charge of driving under the influence of drugs.
Hologram USA’s Alki David, who helped promote the event and prepared the rapper’s hologram from its Beverly Hills studio, slammed the police in a statement and told WGNTV that he has been in contact with the ACLU about a possible violation of freedom of speech.
“Shame on the mayor and police chief of Hammond for shutting down a voice that can create positive change in a community in desperate need. And for taking away money that could have gone to help the victims’ families, ” David said. “This was a legal event and there was no justification to shut it down besides your glaring disregard for the first amendment right to free speech… Mark my words, if you censor us, you only make us stronger.”
Keef was able to play his song “Don’t Like” before cops shut the event down. Before the song, the rapper told the crowd: “Stop the violence. Stop the killing. Stop the nonsense. Let the kids grow up.”