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Chief Keef Takes His Hologram Concert To L.A. After Chicago Bans It

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Sep 16, 2015 2:25PM

After a summer of trying and failing to host a virtual concert in Chicago, the controversial and popular local rapper Chief Keef has finally found a venue—but it's in Los Angeles.

"Watch the hologram show that was banned in Chicago," the website announcing the L.A. show teases, nodding at the series of roadblocks that prevented Chief Keef from performing a show in the Midwest this summer.

Chief Keef, a Chicago native whose full name is Keith Cozart, tried several times to schedule a hologram show in Chicago and Indiana earlier this summer to raise money for the family of a friend of Keef's who was shot and killed in Chicago in July, and for the family of a toddler who was killed by a car fleeing the scene of that shooting.

But public officials in Chicago and Indiana blocked the concerts out of concerns that they would somehow incite violence rather than raise awareness about the damaging affects of gun violence—the concert's stated goal. The Hammond, Indiana show was even shut down by police moments after it began.

Chief Keef is notorious for his own run-ins with the law and ties to local gang activity. He isn't allowed to set foot in Chicago right now due to outstanding criminal warrants, so his plan was to perform in Chicago via a hologram broadcast by his record label, Film On.

Chief Keef will perform songs from his new album Bang 3 Friday at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles Friday. He will later perform at the show's aftershow via the hologram technology he originally intended to use to host a Chicago concert. Tickets to Chief Keef's live show start at $29, and the film company is live-streaming the L.A. concert online, the Tribune reports, for $9.95.