Memorial Day Weekend marks the spiritual beginning of summer. Unfortunately, in Chicago, the warm weather and school break also tends to bring a spike in gun violence, which is why local artist Chance the Rapper has spearheaded his second annual anti-violence campaign, encouraging people to get involved in community events throughout the long weekend.
A year ago, Chance and his brother Taylor created the #SaveChicago hashtag in an effort to stop shootings on the city streets. This year, he's also using the hashtags #FaithInAction and #PutTheGunsDown.
To aid in the anti-violence initiative, Chance has put together a map listing safe community events taking place in the city during Memorial Day Weekend.
In addition to his community involvement, Chance has been busy working on new music. He's expected to release his new album with the Social Experiment, Surf, any day now. On Friday (May 22) he also teased a new song called "Hiatus Breakdown," which appears to have been uploaded to his Soundcloud in place of an older song called "Home Studio." Stream the clip below.