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Ex-NBA star Stephen Jackson says he "checks in" with gang members everywhere he goes after the fatal shooting of rapper PnB Rock in Los Angeles.

Jackson made headlines in June when he visited Chicago's infamous O-block to show his respects to the late drill rapper King Von.

The 44-year-old played basketball in a parking lot while wearing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.
 


 
According to TPS, fans expressed concern for the NBA champ when he said he "checks in" with gang members.

"I check in everywhere I go," Jackson said in a social media post on Wednesday.

"Everywhere I go I call somebody from the place I'm going that I know and check in. I wanna come home to my family and I love my life. I'm checking in with my people out of respect."

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He continued:

"It's nothing wrong with showing respect when you in somebody's city or state. I always check in 'cause I know real ones everywhere. I care about my life and I'm coming home to my kids and my family. Bet that."

Black Twitter dragged Jackson for saying he checks in with gang members everywhere he goes.

One Twitter user wrote:

"I'm sorry but how would people even know Stephen Jackson in they city unless he tell them."

Another person wrote:

"This is why WE are our worse enemy. Stephen Jackson said those same sentiments about "checking in" with Gang Members or whoever in cities "out of respect" what the hell kind of mediocre nonsense is that? Successful Black people cant travel without fear of harm being done= STUPID [sic]."

A third person wrote:

"Stephen Jackson always finds a way to make himself look more and more like a cornball every day."

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NBA YoungBoy is devastated after he was left off DJ Khaled's star-studded upcoming album GOD DID.

YoungBoy Never Broke Again said he is "suffering" in a recent Instagram post.

"I'm suffering with the minutes, s**t sad," he wrote.

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"I'm good what I truly want is coming to me," said YoungBoy, who recently signed to Birdman's Cash Money label for a record $60 million.

He continued: "it might be a little minute but it's coming, I always got what I wanted no matter if I had to pray for it, or steal it, I got it."

Months ago, YoungBoy complained that he is being blacklisted in the industry.

"Why black ball me I'm the good guy," he wrote in early 2022. "I was going #1 two weeks straight with a mixtape so they took it down off the charts I don't give a f**k you still can't stop me [sic]."

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YoungBoy's troubles stem from his long-running feud with Chicago gangster-turned-rapper Lil Durk (pictured).

Lil Durk is among the few drill rappers invited to collaborate with Khaled on GOD DID.

It seems the music industry is siding with Lil Durk against NBA YoungBoy.

YoungBoy's affiliates Quando Rondo and Lul Timm were involved in the murder of Durk's friend King Von in Atlanta in 2020.

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On Tuesday, YoungBoy's crew threw shade at DJ Khaled on Instagram under one of his comments promoting the artists on his album.

"Damn he don't got the goat on there 'lil top' He must not like us too," the comment read, referring to NBA YoungBoy.

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The 18 tracks on GOD DID features Drake, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kodak Black, Future, Gunna, Latto, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, and more.

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Aspiring rapper Quando Rondo narrowly avoided another attempt on his life on Friday.

According to reports, Quando was at a gas station across from the Beverly Center around 11:30 a.m. when a white 4 door sedan pulled alongside his Cadillac Escalade. Three people got out of the sedan and opened fire.

Rondo's gang affiliate Lul Pablo was killed in the shooting, but Rondo was not injured. After the shooting, Rondo hopped in the driver's seat of the Escalade and drove 2 blocks away before flagging down a sheriff's deputy.

In this video, Rondo reacts to the death of his friend, Lul Pablo.
 

 
O'block and Black Disciples members celebrated online when they thought Rondo was dead. But Rondo's family announced he was not injured.

Rondo's aunt posted an update on Instagram stories on Friday: "I love everyone but please give my family time to call me," she wrote. "You guys are clogging my line. We're fine. Maybe I should reword it, he's fine. I spoke with him myself."

In a follow-up post, she wrote: "I know y'all are concerned but please stop calling me!!! Please understand I can't talk to him [and] not none of the people I need to be talkin' to for him if y'all keep calling!! I just kept answering because I think y'all him! Please stopppppp."

The news comes a month after Rondo, 23, announced on Instagram that he was in a hospital fighting for his life after overdosing on lean, a concoction of prescription codeine and a soft drink.

In May 2021 someone shot at the aspiring rapper outside a Blackshear, Georgia convenience store parking lot. He was not injured.

Rondo is a marked man after he was involved in drill rapper King Von's murder in Atlanta on November 6, 2020.

Rondo and Von were fighting outside a hookah lounge when Rondo's associate Timothy Leeks, a.k.a. Lul Timm, shot King Von twice. Von was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Leeks is currently awaiting trial on murder charges. Rondo was not charged.

A cryptic post on social media earlier this month suggested time has run out for both Leeks and Rondo.

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In the post, incarcerated drill rapper RondoNumbaNine (pictured upper left) shouted out King Von (right) on his birthday. RondoNumbaNine said he had the names of King Von and deceased Chicago shooter T.Roy (bottom left) tattooed on his body. He concluded his post: "That get back coming soon for em."

"Get back" is street slang for revenge or retaliation for a past murder.

RondoNumbaNine is currently serving time in prison for the murder of Javan Boyd, a cab driver who was shot 7 times on February 22, 2014.

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Chicago police named rapper King Von (left) as the gunman in the 2012 murder of gang banger Modell McCambry. Police said King Von, real name Dayvon Bennett, was the lone gunman in McCambry's murder.

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Bennett, who was killed on Nov. 6, 2020 in Atlanta, was also named in the murders of Gakirah "KI" Barnes (pictured) and drill rapper Marc "Lil Marc" Campbell (both killed in 2014).
 
RELATED: King Von's Accused Killer Lul Timm Arrested In Georgia
 
Police say Bennett also shot and wounded a Chicago man named Miles Turner in 2014.

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Bennett (pictured) had a habit of taking to social media to taunt his victims after killing them.

On the day he killed McCambry in 2012, Bennett tweeted "Who died!!!"

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Detectives interviewed a witness, a friend of one of Bennett's baby mamas named Kema.

The witness stated that Kema started dating Bennett around 2018. When Kema sent a photo of Bennett to the witness's cell phone, she immediately recognized him as the man who killed her relative, McCambry.

When the witness told Kema not to bring Bennett around her home because he killed her relative, Kema honored her request, but she continued dating Bennett and even had a baby by him.

Bennett is suspected in the murders of at least 10 Chicagoans since 2012.

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Aspiring rapper Quando Rondo, 23, is in a hospital fighting for his life, according to a post on his Instagram page.

Sources tell Sandrarose.com that Rondo is in acute kidney failure after drinking lean, a concoction of prescription codeine and hard candy mixed in a soft drink.

Someone updated Rondo's IG page with the message: "pray for me, in da hospital fightin for my life [sic]." The post ended with the hashtag #fuclean.

Quando has over 3.7 million followers on Instagram.

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Rondo was in a different kind of fight with Chicago drill rapper King Von in 2020 when Von was fatally shot by Rondo's brother Timothy Leeks, a.k.a. Lul Timm, outside a hookah lounge in Atlanta.

Leeks is out on bond awaiting trial.

Rondo has been a wanted man ever since Von's death. Rumor has it that there's a million dollar price tag on Leeks' and Rondo's heads.

Both Rondo's and Leeks' rap careers were derailed after the shooting. Rondo travels with a huge entourage to protect him from aspiring rappers and shooters trying to make a name for themselves by ending his life.

Rapper Lil Keed died from multiple organ failure after drinking lean in May. He was only 24.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.

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Chicago weekend shootings left over 80 people wounded and at least 21 dead since Friday, July 1. The wounded included a Chicago police officer and a close friend of drill rapper Lil Durk.

Chicago police responded to dozens of shootings over the weekend, according to Chicago Scanner.

A mass shooting at a 4th of July parade in a Chicago suburb left 6 people dead and 2 dozen more injured. A person of interest, an aspiring rapper, has been arrested in that case.

Police took the suspect into custody after a brief chase on Monday afternoon.

Other shooting victims include a man who was with drill rapper King Von on the night he was fatally shot outside a hookah bar in Atlanta in November 2020.

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According to Vlad TV, Bosstop was among 5 people shot in Parkway Garden Homes on the infamous O Block over the weekend. All 5 victims are listed in stable condition at area hospitals.

Like most gang bangers-turned-rappers, Bosstop moved away from Chicago, but he returned to attend the big 4th of July celebrations on O Block with his pal Lil Durk this weekend.

In other incidents, a 49-year-old police officer was ambushed and shot as he walked off an elevator while responding to a domestic violence call on Friday morning. He underwent surgery and was listed in "serious but stable" condition.

Jalen Vales, 27, of Chicago, was charged Saturday with attempted murder and aggravated battery of a police officer, police said.

His girlfriend, who called police to report the domestic violence incident, has filed six police reports against Vales since the couple began dating in March, prosecutors said.

In a shooting incident on June 20 viral video shows a man shot 16 times while sitting in a parked car with a child. The child ran away just as the shots rang out around 5:45 p.m. in the 400 block of East 111th Street in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood.

The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. No suspect is in custody.

CAUTION: The video may be disturbing to some viewers.
 

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A new photo of NBA YoungBoy on house arrest in Utah has fans wondering if he's sending a cryptic message to drill rapper Lil Durk (right).

Lil Durk apparently disses YoungBoy in his verse on Cardi B's new single "Hot Sh*t."

Lil Durk raps: "I know that Von hit her / She pulled up on my block in Jimmy Choo..."

Rumors swirled that Lil Durk's pal King Von was killed in Atlanta because he shared photos of himself hanging out with one of YoungBoy's baby mamas, Jania Meshell.

You may recall YoungBoy body slammed Jania during a fit of rage in a Florida hotel in 2018. The 22-year-old father of 8 was arrested for this incident.
 

 
According to The Blast, King Von and Jania were intimate and he bought her a pair of Jimmy Choo's to show his gratitude.

Jania reportedly showed off her new shoes on social media.

Fans say that's the "Jimmy Choo" reference in Durk's lyric.

On Nov. 6, 2020 King Von was involved in a fistfight with YoungBoy's associate, aspiring rapper Quando Rondo, outside a hookah bar in downtown Atlanta.

During the fight, Von was shot and killed by aspiring rapper Lul Timm, who is out on bond while awaiting trial for Von's murder.

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Lil Durk (left), pictured with King Von (right), routinely disses YoungBoy in his rap lyrics.

YoungBoy can't respond because he's on house arrest and the feds are watching.

So he released this photo on social media that shows him flexing his muscles.

YoungBoy's fans are convinced he's sending a subliminal message to Lil Durk.

Listen to "Hot Sh*t" below.
 

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Cardi B is annoyed and frustrated that a music video won't accompany her new single "Hot Sh*t" featuring Kanye "YE" West and notorious gang banger Lil Durk.

The Grammy-winning rapper took to her Instagram Stories to announce her single will drop on Friday, but there won't be a music video due to "people not doing their f---ing job correctly."

"You know how I usually do the most with the promo? I just don't feel like doing too much this time around because I'm just exhausted with everybody. I'm so tired of people not doing their f**king job correctly, I'm so tired of people just doing things their way. I'm just over it, you know what I'm saying?"

Cardi added that she wanted to scrap the song altogether, but she ultimately chose to drop the single on Friday because she loves the song.

"I love the record, it's something that I feel like y'all haven't heard from me before," she said.

"Hot Sh*t" will be Cardi's first single since February 2021.

Kanye previously teased that he finished a verse for Cardi in January 2022.

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"I was finishing, I was finishing that verse for your girl, you know what I mean," he told Jason Lee of Hollywood Unlocked. "I always believed in her since she was on [Love & Hip-Hop], period."

As for Lil Durk, the drill rapper didn't say a word about his contribution to the track.

Sources say Kanye and Durk refused to commit to shooting a music video with Cardi for the single.

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Meanwhile, Durk made headlines over the weekend when he shoved a fan during a concert at a music festival in the Netherlands.

Durk noticed the fan held up a t-shirt with an image of NBA YoungBoy — a sign of disrespect to Durk's late childhood pal King Von.

King Von, another notorious Chicago gangster-turned-drill rapper, was killed outside a hookah bar in Atlanta in December.

In the viral video, Durk sends a bodyguard to summon the fan to the stage. He is seen speaking to the fan before shoving the fan into the crowd.

Durk, who has an open attempted murder case in Atlanta, travels with around-the-clock security who accompany him on stage when he performs.

Rumor has it that Durk pays a minimum of $250,000 per month for 24-hour security.

Watch the video below.
 

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Stephen Jackson has something to say to drill rappers who celebrate online when their opps are killed by gun violence.

Jackson, a former NBA star, reacted after viewing a video of Lil Durk dissing drill legend FBG Cash who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago on Friday morning.

"Boy, this new generation kill me dawg," said Jackson, before adding, "Y'all was raised by some busters."

Jackson called out Durk and his gang brethren who celebrate their dead opps in social media posts and videos.
 
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"The sh*t y'all do today on Instagram... to go viral... is weak. And it says a lot about your character," Jackson said.

"Y'all ain't nothing but some suckers. All this talking about dead people online after they die, and all this stuff, man y'all suckers. Y'all ain't real, y'all call yourself gangstas, but the gangstas I know ain't nothing like y'all. Y'all a new breed of punks. Yeah, I said it..."

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FBG Cash, real name Tristan Hamilton, was killed after he apparently accepted a challenge by Durk to take a photo in front of King Von's mural on Chicago's infamous O Block.

FBG Cash discussed his beef with Lil Durk in a recent interview on the "No Jumper" podcast.

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FBG Cash said Durk sent him a text challenging him to take the infamous photo in front of King Von's mural.

"Go over there and do that and see what happen to you," FBG Cash quoted the text message from Durk as saying.

In the "No Jumper" interview, Cash said he didn't regret taking the photo and posting it on social media. "It was risky, but, like, it's the play I made... I posted it," Cash said.

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Rumors are swirling that Chicago rapper FBG Cash, 31, was shot and killed because he posed in front of a mural of fellow drill rapper King Von.

FBG Cash, real name Tristan Hamilton, was driving on Chicago's South Side at 5:32 a.m. Friday when a black Cadillac blocked his Hyundai SUV at the intersection of West 81st and S. Marshfield. Two men hopped out and opened fire.

FBG Cash tried to run, but he was gunned down in a hail of bullets. A 29-year-old woman who was with him was shot twice in the arm and is listed in stable condition. Cops counted 23 shell casings at the scene.

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Lil Durk (left) and King Von (right) were like brothers. Durk, 29, convinced King Von to move from Chicago to Atlanta and signed him to a record deal with his label. They were both arrested in connection with a shooting in Atlanta in June 2019, and were awaiting trial when King Von was fatally shot in Atlanta on Nov. 6, 2020 at age 26.

FBG Cash routinely dissed King Von and Durk's late brother, OTF DThang, in videos and songs.

FBG Cash discussed his beef with Lil Durk in a recent interview on the "No Jumper" podcast.

Cash said Durk sent him a text message challenging him to take the infamous photo in front of King Von's mural.

"Go over there and do that and see what happen to you," FBG Cash quoted the text message from Durk as saying.

"I'm outside right now," Cash replied in a text to Durk, meaning he was near King Von's mural.

In the "No Jumper" interview, Cash said he didn't regret taking the photo at the mural and posting it on social media. "It was risky, but, like, it's the play I made... I posted it," Cash said.

Rapper King Yella, who relocated from Chicago to Las Vegas, seemed to confirm the rumors that FBG Cash was killed over beef with a certain millionaire rapper.

In a new video, Yella urged gangsta rappers to "do better" and "stop beefing with ni**as with money."

"Ni**as got too much money man... I ain't got nothing else to say. Like, y'all understand what I'm saying. A couple dollars, man. That's all it take, man."

Watch the videos below.
 

 

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Rapper Lil Durk's artist Marcus "Muwop" Smart (top left) is among 5 men arrested in the shooting death of Chicago rapper FBG Duck.

FBG Duck, real name Carlton Weekly, 26, was gunned down last year in Chicago's upscale Gold Coast shopping district.

The U.S. District Attorney's office said the FBI used social media to break the murder case. The co-defendants constantly bragged about FBG Duck's death on social media.

Marcus "Muwop" Smart and Tacarlos "Los" Offerd (bottom left) are among five gang members named in a federal indictment. All five are in federal custody and are not expected to be released before their trials.

A sixth suspect killed himself in August 2021 -- a year after FBG Duck's death.

In the indictment, Tacarlos "Los" Offerd, 22, reportedly purchased a vehicle used as a "lead car" one week before the August 4, 2020 shooting.

After the shooting, Offerd returned the vehicle to the car dealership after he was accused of falsifying his car loan application.

The vehicle was caught on police surveillance cameras and license plate readers the day of the shooting.

Smart, 22, is the best known of the five defendants. He was with Chicago rapper King Von when he was shot and killed by aspiring rapper Lul Timm outside a hookah bar in downtown Atlanta last year.

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King Von, real name Dayvon Bennett, was fighting with aspiring rapper Quando Rondo when he was shot.
 

Smart is seen in surveillance video (in white t-shirt) punching Rondo, then assisting the mortally wounded King Von to a car.

After King Von's death, rapper Lil Durk signed Smart to his independent label in Atlanta.

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In a message to a fan on Twitter, Smart said he's keeping his head held high and that he'll "be home soon."

However, his release from federal custody is not likely to happen soon.
 

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An aspiring rapper who was charged with the murder of Chicago rapper King Von in Atlanta last year was arrested again in Chatham County on Wednesday.

According to the Chatham County Jail website, police threw the book at Lul Timm, real name Timothy Leeks, 23.

He is charged with speeding, fleeing or intending to elude police, failure to stop, improper left turn, following too closely, driving on the wrong side of the road, and other moving violations.

He was booked into the Chatham County Jail and is awaiting a bond hearing today.

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Leeks, an affiliate of aspiring rapper Quando Rondo, was charged last November with the fatal shooting of rapper King Von (pictured).

Leeks is awaiting trial on the murder charge.

In the meantime, he flashes cash on Instagram and books studio sessions in the hopes of jump starting his fledgling rap career.

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A Chicago Police Dept. report confirms late rapper King Von gunned down notorious teenage gangster Gakirah "K.I" Barnes.

King Von, born Dayvon Bennett, was shot and killed outside a lounge in downtown Atlanta on November 6, 2020.

Barnes, 17, reportedly killed more than a dozen people by the time she died in 2014. She allegedly angered King Von by rejecting his advances directly and on social media.

On April 11, 2014, Barnes responded to Von's messages on Twitter.com. She told him her location and said she was heading to a friend's house in Woodlawn.

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At 3:30 p.m., Barnes was walking with friends when she was shot multiple times on the 6400 block of South Eberhart Avenue. She suffered fatal gunshot wounds to the chest, jaw and neck, according to NBC Chicago.

According to the police report:

"An unknown M/1 wearing a Grey Hoodie and Blue jeans approached the victims. The unknown offender then produced a handgun and began firing in the direction of the victims, striking all three. The unknown offender then was observed entering an unknown vehicle making good his escape... The investigation revealed that the victim was killed by Dayvon BENNETT.... Bennett was positively identified as the offender in the incident."

However, police did not have enough evidence to charge the aspiring rapper in 2014. He was later charged in an unrelated murder and served time in prison.

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A 6-year-old Chicago boy wanted rapper King Von to host his birthday bash. But he's dead, so the boy's mom did the next best thing.

She mounted a life-size picture of the rapper on a cardboard stand up. Then she dressed the birthday boy just like his idol in a white tee and black shorts with a faux diamond pendant.

The boy's birthday cake featured a similar photo of the late rapper wearing a white Furberry t-shirt and black pants.

King Von was gunned down during a fistfight outside an Atlanta lounge last year.

The little boy, named Daundrea, is seen flashing a gang sign in a photo next to Von's cardboard standup -- just like his idol.

The Internet comments were brutal.

One Reddit.com user wrote: "Rest In Peace Von but damn hope that kid don't go towards that life."

Another user wrote: "this is honestly some of the dumbest sh-t I've seen in a long time he shouldn't even know who von is."

And a third wrote, "This is lack of having a dad."

Question: Would you let your 6-year-old listen to drill/trap music?

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Rapper Lil Reese, who made a career out of mocking his dead opps, was shot and wounded in a parking garage in downtown Chicago Saturday morning.

Reese, born Tavares Taylor, was shot along with two other men. All three men were transported to a Chicago hospital. Another man is still at large.

A stolen Dodge Durango was crashed outside the parking garage. The vehicle was riddled with bullet holes, @CWBChicago reports.

The hashtag "Lil Reese dead" began trending on Twitter.com after someone uploaded grisly cellphone video of the wounded rapper spitting up blood. He is handcuffed and struggling to breath.

WARNING: The link contains graphic violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

A woman can be heard accusing Reese and another man of stealing her car. "You wasn't driving, but you stole my sh*t!" she told another wounded man.

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On November 11, 2019, Reese was shot in the throat at a busy intersection in Country Club Hills. Witnesses told police Reese was shot by a gunman following a brief car chase.

A week later, Reese sent out a tweet noting he is "Alive and well."

A day after he was discharged from the hospital, he release a track titled "Come Outside."

Reese, 28, is among a crew of hardcore gang members-turned-rappers who launched Chicago's drill scene in the early 2010s. Reese is affiliated with former gang members Lil Durk, Fredo Santana, and Chief Keef.

Durk and Keef fled Chicago after their gang affiliates were killed in turf wars. Durk moved to Atlanta where he was joined later by Chicago rapper King Von. Both men were arrested in connection with a shooting and kidnapping in Atlanta in June 2019.

Von, 26, was still awaiting trial on attempted murder charges when he was gunned down by aspiring rapper Lul Tim, 22, during a fistfight with aspiring rapper Quando Rondo, 22, outside an Atlanta nightclub On November 6, 2020.

Update: Video shows Reese sitting up with the help of police after the shooting.