CHICAGO (CBS) — As part of Chicago Ideas Week, a group of artists and producers has debuted a new anti-violence campaign, aimed partly at those who’ve been in the midst of the violence.
“Put The Guns Down” is a hip-hop video featuring several Chicago rappers, including Academy Award-winning artist Common, alongside somber-faced people who have lost loved ones to gunfire holding up pictures of the victims.
The video is not just preaching to the choir; producer and writer Anthony “The Twilite Tone” Khan said it’s aimed at young people who might have guns.
“First, it was just supposed to be like a PSA-like commercial, and I said, ‘Naw, we gotta make this a full-on song,’” he said. “Not just Common … we need the dudes who make the soundtrack for the people doing the killing.”