Chicago rappers Mikkey Halsted and Lupe Fiasco have come together as a means of shining some light on the violence that has spread throughout their hometown. It's been especially brutal in the Windy City already this year, which is something Halsted speaks on both in the track itself, "Gone," and in his description of it:
In light of “37 SHOOTINGS, 46 VICTIMS & 9 MURDERS” during Chicago’s first ‘warm’ weekend, the Trayvon travesty, 6-year old Aliyah Shell, and in honor of my cousins Ismail & Malik that were gunned down last summer...I felt as though this was the time to drop this song. Shouts to Lupe for helping me paint a vivid picture of what goes on everyday in Chicago and every other ghetto in America. Also, shouts to David ‘D.A.’ Doman & Jim LaVigne for providing us the perfect canvas to paint upon.
Special Dedication to Blair Holt and the hundreds of CPS students lost to senseless violence.
WE CAN NO LONGER WAIT FOR OTHERS, SEEMINGLY UNAFFECTED BY OUR ISSUES, TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS FOR US. SPEAK OUT AND SAY SOMETHING, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, DO SOMETHING.
As you might expect, this makes for a justifiably heavy listen. But don't let the track's seriousness deter you, this is a message that needs to be heard. You can stream and download "Gone" below.