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Chance the Rapper Urged Chicago To 'Put Your Guns Down'

05/29/2014
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(Radio.com) Breakout hip-hop star Chance the Rapper used his social media influence to urge the city of Chicago to "put your guns down" over the past Memorial Day Weekend. According to the city's relative quiet police blotter, his appeal seems to have worked.

It's not often reported that Chance (born Chancelor Bennett) comes from a politically active family. His father, Ken Bennett, served as an aide to President Obama, and earlier this year was announced as the deputy chief of staff and director of the mayor's office of public engagement for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

According to MTV, Chance explained via Twitter that his father had implored him to get involved in the #SaveChicago campaign online and on the ground "to prevent every murder on Memorial Day."

Chance also explained their attempts to get local Chicago radio stations to spread the "put down your guns" message on the air hourly. The rapper was proud to announce that the city went 42 hours with no reports of gun violence. more on this story

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