A variety of popular rappers have come under attack in Chicago, where a Southside church has erected twenty billboards throughout the city, denouncing rappers they claim “demean women and perpetuate violence.” The billboards were placed by the Faith Community of Saint Sabina church and urges community members to “stop listening to trash.”
Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, Lil Wayne, Nelly, 50 Cent & G-Unit, Ludacris, Chicago native Twista and “all negative rappers” are among the ten rappers targeted on the billboards, a spokesman for Saint Sabina told AllHipHop.com today (June 19). “If we are going to end the violence and the disrespect of women, we must fight every form of negativity, including the music industry,” Rev. Michael Pfleger said of the campaign in a statement.
Rev. Pfleger and Saint Sabina have spoken out against a number of issues in the past, including racism, the retail sale of drug paraphernalia and grain alcohol and the rise of alcohol and tobacco billboards in the African-American community.
There are currently 10 billboards placed around Chicago:
87th & Vincennes 79th & Normal
79th & Ada 74th & Racine
79th & Ashland Halsted & Garfield
103rd & Wallace 79th & Western
119th & Wallace 107th & Michigan
115th & Forest 63rd & Wood
14th & Kedzie Keeler & Roosevelt
Kedvale & Ogden Fillmore & California