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Kanye's Right, Chicago's Ultra-Violent

... But We're Changing That

10/18/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West wasn't exaggerating when he said people from Chicago aren't afraid to get violent -- and it's become a DEADLY problem in the Windy City ... so says Common.

The rapper-slash-"Hell On Wheels" star was out in NYC yesterday when we asked about Kanye's comments on Jimmy Kimmel -- when KW implied that he's not afraid to fight because he's from Chi-town (the actual quote was "Never think that I'm not from Chicago for one second.").

But Common tells TMZ ... Chicago's violent reputation isn't something K should be bragging about -- it's something that needs to change, stat.

"You see what's going on with the young people right now, there's a lot of death and violence going on in Chicago ... but we're gonna make change."

We hope you're right.


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obama, the Chicago community organizer, left Chicago in sad shape. In 2011 and 2012 combined, there were around 4,000 shootings which resulted in around 1,000 deaths in Chicago. obama will leave Washington in sad shape as well. He has raised our debt to $17 trillion, and our credit rating is about to get reduced again.

373 days ago


His mother was an educated woman. What happened to him? He can barely form a sentence. He didn't live in the mean streets of Chicago.

373 days ago


Says the man who incites violence and condones murdering cops...

373 days ago


They will change it by having all of the murderers, crackheads and thieves shoot each other. Wait a minute, that's what's happening now. The murders just aren't happening fast enough. Step it up, Chicago. You've got a lot of work to do. The weekend is coming up, so I'm sure that you will report some stellar homicide statistics over the next few days.

373 days ago


Well, you have your high profile mayor there so what is HE doing about the violence except catering to the rich and famous! There HAD to be some reason for him to leave the lifestyles of the rich and famous at the White House and go to Chicago! Must be all about $$$$$$$$!

373 days ago


Proud Common is a Chicago son not Kayne,he is a punk.

373 days ago


Kanye is a pu$$y, a phony, and not gangsta at all. He's a big loud mouth cry baby with delusions of grandeur. He's not even from Chicago! Kanye is from the very middle class suburb Oak Lawn. An hour outside of Chicago.

Chicago has cleaned up its streets a great deal - so much so that it is very obvious the murder rate is going up slightly -- as it is in every large city in the country. It is a result of difficult financial times in our country

373 days ago


Lol. As if that means anything. Kanye, I'm from Detroit so I guess I can kick your suburban Chicago ass.

372 days ago


Love, Love, Love Chicago and Common!! He plays a great part on Hell on Wheels! Hopefully Chicago can resolve their problems-great town! Have had so much fun every time I was there! So many fantastic places to go and things to do! Love Ed DeBevic's! lol!

364 days ago
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