Who is behind the hip-hop blogs spreading fake news about O-Block on social media? • The TRiiBE

There’s an unhealthy obsession with Parkway Gardens in hip-hop culture. Part of it comes from the allure that Chief Keef and King Von have given it through years of glorifying their territory and its violence in their raps. It’s similar to the natural curiosity fans had for other housing projects turned into hip-hop landmarks by native lyricists: Jay-Z and Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, in New Orleans with Juvenile and the Magnolia Projects, and Master P and the Calliope Projects.

“Chicago is a hot place for the blogs because of the national stigma of “Chiraq,” Rolling Stone hip-hop reporter Andre Gee said. The city has birthed some of the most impactful music and cultural figures of the last 20 years. Therefore, Gee said, it’s easy for Chicago to become a character in the hip-hop sphere.

“We know gun violence is pervading just about every American metropolis, but Chicago rap has garnered such a worldwide following. It’s given us the names of their hoods and even non-artists with mere proximity to the rappers have notoriety,” Gee explained. “It’s easy engagement because fans are eternally invested in the myth of ‘Chiraq.’”

For celebrities, blogs, and social-media personalities who continue to use O-Block for content creation and engagement, Taylor has a strong demand.

“When are you going to invest in our community while you’re making us feel like a circus?” she asked. “We ain’t no circus act. These conditions were created. And they weren’t created by the people in Parkway. They were created by the institutions who are paid to serve them. So that says something about our evil ass system.”

One solution to holding hip-hop and culture blogs accountable could be suing them for defamation. This happened recently with rapper Cardi B’s case against blogger Tasha K, who published “multiple false and defamatory statements” about her.

But that can be challenging since the owners of many of these accounts keep their identities separate and untraceable from the content they produce.

“If the kitchen ever gets too hot, they can just rebrand with a new page. outside of [DJ] Akademiks or Shawn Cotton, we don’t know the people running these pages, so it’s easy for them to evade accountability for tactless ‘reporting,’” Gee said.

Another solution, Gee explained, is to teach students how to spot misinformation online. In 2021, Illinois became the first state to require by law that school teach media literacy in curriculums across every grade level, but laws like this are uncommon across the rest of the country.

“In theory, the best thing to do would be to stop paying attention to these pages, but that’s as likely as turning around a speeding 18-wheeler on a dime,” Gee said. “Schools now need to be more cognizant of this environment and help kids be more discerning and know what to look for before believing what they see.”

What Taylor wants the fans and the rest of the world to know is that Parkway Gardens is more than a meme or high-profile gang territory.

“These are real families and real people in Parkway who deserve to live in peace and in safe conditions like everybody else,” she added.

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