Chicago Church Erects Billboards Targeting 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Nelly and Others

50-cent.jpgA church on the Southside of Chicago has erected several billboards around the city targeting what they refer to as “trash” rappers. The billboards implore passersby to “stop listening to trash” and feature a list of popular rapper’s names superimposed over a graphic of a trashcan. A press release issued by the Faith Community of Saint Sabina, states that the artists named are being targeted because they demean women and perpetuate violence. “If we are going to end the violence and the disrespect of women, we must fight every form of negativity, including the music industry,” said pastor Michael Pfleger. According to church spokesman Vince Clark, the rappers targeted by the include 50 Cent and G-Unit, Nelly, Ludacris, Fat Joe, Lil Wayne, Twista Snoop Dogg and “all negative rappers.”

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com J-Reese

    Well i guess we in the Hip-Hop world need to put up trash Rev. billboards. Cuz its not all good in the church seen we got some foney revs. out there who preach one thing and do another ya dig and so do some of the members of churches do the same thing. I feel god gave people gifts to share with the world and if you dont like it dont buy into it. I mean im not saying nothing when i give my tides to the church to fund my revs new s10 benz i just go for the word of god. So stop hatein thats it and worry about making sure you are getting the word of god across not about rappers. It dosnt make sence to me to wast the church money putting up billbords.

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    I BET THEY WOULDNT TRIP IF THESE BROTHAS WERE DONATING MONEY TO THEIR CHURCH!!! WHERE WERE ALL THESE PPL WHEN HOLLYWOOD WAS MAKING ALL THEM PIMP MOVIES BACK N THE 70′S??? THEY SCARED OF THEM LAWYERS OUT THERE LKE 50 SAID. GET OVER IT REV. LEON LONNIE LOVE( FROM INLIVIN COLORS).

  • cuntman

    WOW what a gay thing to do to the rappers yeah the truth is pastor fag face people arnt going to listin to you cause not all of thir music is negative that sign should be take that stupid billbord down and fucking BURN that shit.

  • DirtDoggy

    Man, I think all this negative press from the Tom & Jerry fucks is just making it more popular to the youth rebelious type and they are actually helping the industry. When you think about it junk food, ciggaretts, and vehicles kill infinit ammounts more than any street killers or negative rap effects and the government and dumb ass people are conserned with hip-hop ? Give me a fucking break, when will this shit stop ? heres a list of government products that kill millions of people a year and they profit billions on a daily basis with no consciece and think we should have one ?

    1.Junk food
    2.cars
    3.ciggaretts
    4.liqure
    5.guns
    6.prescription drugs

    I no particular order an that’s only a few I can think of.

    Fuck politicians, the media, and anyone to stupid to understand how the world turns.

  • paychexx

    i mean if you gonna trash rappers, trash the trash rappers, but also trash maury povich for havin all them shows about who the daddy and shit like that. trash your own neighborhoods, trash the so-called council members and mayors and govenors and presidents, and corrupted pastors man the list goes on and on. what i hate about this is, whenn don imus said that bullshit yall so-called black leaders was quick to defend the white man when yall should have called out imus, scott storch and paris hilton all said nigger and yall aint did shit, man fuck yall crooked ass bitches, each man man hold his own… peace

  • jojochicago

    The Black Church is a joke! They take on causes that they think will get more money in the pot. Snoop has a youth football league that the city of Chicago needs bad! They alienated Twista and every other artist that may stop coming to venues around the city. Whats the difference? Pastors pimping the church to get their ride on and phat cribs while everyone in the congregation is broke! Every Pastor is trying to be T D Jake, trying to make a name for themselves. Billboards aren’t cheap…..Get it! Its an agenda! Get over yourselves and your hand out the pot!

  • John Brown

    All I gotta say that if your a “religious” man you aint even suppose to be trashing another persons job. Thats being a hypocrite. And second there are some rev. that as soon as they start the mass. the first thing that comes out of they mouth is. “people of god dont forget to give donations so we can pay our light bill, water bill, etc. etc.” they might as well say my car payment, house payment and my child support. I wonder what Rev. Run will say bout this?

  • Pastor (Murda) Mason

    lol… lame

  • MorphineRoberts

    This is probably a coverup for this mothafucka stealing from the collection plate. Misogyny in hiphop is used to contribute to making a better banger. If you band these niggas you’re not only preventing expansion of the artist fan base, you’re also preventing proliferation of groupies and hoes. Women are so use to it that they sing a long with. “Whip that trick!”

  • smog

    only in chitown man we so political

  • Hokus

    I understand the concern here, but like everyone here has said, they gotta take out their own trash first. The church is supposed to give people the tools to see through these kind of B.S. crusades. Make your changes in your own life and that’ll do more than any billboard. Church!

  • LOL

    Catholic priest mostels thousands of kids and hide it , and these ppl wanna attack rapper? you dont see the craziness in this shit?

    people expect rappers to save the world and try o blame rappers for all the worlds problems, this shit is ridiculious

  • Will The Thrill

    What a bunch of hypocritical Christians! The Bible says “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” and to “take the plank out of your own eye” before referring to the speck of wood in your brother’s eye. Forgiveness and second chances are the doctrine of Christianity, and it’s a shame that some ambulance chasers seeking attention will probably get some “converts” due to this philosophy of attacking whatever’s popular and blaming it for evils that have existed since the beginning of time. People, music is not the root cause of all evil in this world. It never has been and it never will be, so attack the roots of the problems instead of using music and entertainemnt as a scapegoat and a distraction. They did this to rock and roll when it first started. Look at what’s happened now. It’s no longer popular or largely black, so self-appointed authority figures don’t attack it. No one can legislate morality, so stop trying. Anyone who believes they can, wake up and join the 21st century.

  • L.A.X.

    @LOL
    What does the Catholic church have to do with this? 1) I can assure you the catholic church would not trash these rappers, only the holier than thou baptists would 2) a few cases (over-seas mind you) of the child molestation are brought up and now its thousands a year? your an idiot dog it is the black churchers, that are attacking black rappers. None of our churches are attacking any latin rappers you know why? because unlike their churches our 10+% does go to our churches we are gimmick free. obviously this clown decided dam we need the parents of the black youth to come outta pocket more that 07′ hardtop convertible lexus coupe goes hard, what a better way than to act like we care if the kids here this… So next time you say something so fuckin stupid educate yourself pendejo

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    Damn how stupid. Kids are dying at an amazing rate in chicago and they wanna talk about rappers? How come Twista isnt on there? How come Kanye isnt on there, he talks shit about black women all the time. Just another way to point the finger at someone else.

  • http://Myspace.com/YoungKing YOUNG KIng

    Thats bullshit man music is music they cant change what some people believe is good music man sometime you have down grade woman to let them know that what they doing aint right and they need to change. Like TIP said man there are real bitches and niggas out there and sometime you have to let them know whats up. Violence is everywhere not only in music its gone take forever and a day to end violence and its gone just keep getting worse. so how I feel about that billboard shit fuck them and tell them quit trying end hiphop cause its like young dro the best thang smoking right now

  • Will The Thrill

    What a bunch of hypocritical Christians! The Bible says “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” and to “take the plank out of your own eye” before worrying about the speck of wood in your brother’s eye. Forgiveness and second chances are the doctrines of Christianity, and it’s a shame to see some ambulance chasers will probably get some “converts” due to the philosophy of attacking whatever’s popular and blaming it for all the world’s evils that have existed since the beginning of time. People, music is not the root cause of evil in this world. It never has been and it never will be. If you want to attack something, go after the roots of the problems instead of using music as a distraction from the real issues and problems facing us. No one can legislate morality, so stop trying. Any one who thinks they can should wake up and join the 21st century.

  • Shon

    Well, for the person who said the Catholic Church wouldn’t do that, Saint Sabina (the church behind it) is a Catholic Church. I live in Chicago and no i do not attend that church, but the man behind the billboards is a white man who has done nothing but absolutely positive things for the community around his church which is a black community. The church is on 79th St and anyone who knows Chicago has seen the amazing work he’s done for that area. He’s brought businesses and cleaned up the entire neighborhood within at least a 2 mile radius. He’s helped crack down on the Arabs selling underage black youth cigarettes and beer, he’s built a senior citizen community on 79th st! its safe to go in that neighborhood where as before it was a war zone. I just want all of the people who like to comment on these blogs to do something besides be windbags! I don’t ever comment, but i had to say something. I’m 28 yrs old and yes i listen to 50, Luda, Nelly, etc. I’m also old enough to understand the negative influence they have on our youth. I applaud Father Michael Pfleger for his work. Look him up, you all might learn something.

  • John Brown

    EREAL,

    They did mention TWISTA.

  • Shon

    I really hear what everybody is saying about the music industry not being the be and that end all, but you also have to understand the these guys have the eyes and ears of our youth and can control the masses so easily. They have the kind of power in their words and actions that our black leaders would give their souls for. All you have to do is look at the way our youth dress, talk, walk, everything these guys do and say is emulated. Its time for them to step up and take some responsibility for their actions. Use their powers for good, so to speak.

  • Does anyone watch T.V

    Cuz that’s where i SEE alot of nudity, cussing and disrespect twards women nad that’s DAYTIME T.V

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    John Brown Says:

    June 20th, 2007 at 2:01 pm
    EREAL,

    They did mention TWISTA.
    ^^
    Oh my fault, it ran into snoop. Good lookin out. Still tho, theres alot worse rappers than the ones mentioned there, lol. Why isnt Luke, L7 or Too Short on that mo fucka, hahaha.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    How come Kirk Franklin ain’t on there .. that ninja’s music is definitely trash ..

    And why come they ain’t going after “pastor” Mase … if anything, he makes the whole church thing look REALLY bad cuz if (murder) Mase qualifies to be priest, hell (no pun intended), anyone could.

    (plus they don’t hafta pay taxes … where do I sign up)

  • Shon

    Wow, i send a message that is enlightening and not full of ignorance and negativity and they don’t post it. Seems like XXL is contributing to the degredation. That’s sad.

  • http://www.blaksocietymusic.com blakjustice30

    Jesus is Lord!

  • Ziggy

    EReal Says:

    June 20th, 2007 at 3:37 pm
    John Brown Says:

    June 20th, 2007 at 2:01 pm
    EREAL,

    They did mention TWISTA.
    ^^
    Oh my fault, it ran into snoop. Good lookin out. Still tho, theres alot worse rappers than the ones mentioned there, lol. Why isnt Luke, L7 or Too Short on that mo fucka, hahaha.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Like they gon put too short, Luke or L7 a bunch of no name fagggots who aint even platinum selling artists…why dont they put me up there if they gon put too short….they goin after artists that the public are actually aware of..no no name bay area rappers whos lyrics are jus wack shit

  • T.R.E.Y.

    LOL @ Ludacris and Twista

    Satanspawn!

  • all city unseen

    black people are idoits attack the gun companies stand in front of gun makers companies. yall are to pussy to do so cause whitey will coc back and let them bullets fly . yall dumb asses wanna make billboards and stand in front of record companies and drink tea with opera. its a gun empidic fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    myspace.com/princeunseen

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/JENNIFER70769 JENN BLUEFLOWERS707@YAHOO.COM

    THATS SO DUMB, I MEAN CUM ON JUST CUZ THEY AIN’T DONATING.. FUCC THAT LET NELLY,WAYNE,50 AND OTHERS.. DO THERE THING THEY CAN ONLY RAP ABOUT WITH PEEPS SO THUR RIGHT?? THAT CHURCH CAN SHOVE IT

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/JENNIFER70769 JENN

    FUCC THAT LETS THESE CATS RAP ABOUT THA SHYT THEY WENT THUR THATS B.S THA PASTOR PROBALY SOLD DRUGS BACC N THA DAY, GET OVER IT….

  • REAL TALK

    EReal Too Short Probally pimped ur mom in the 80″s BIIIIIITCHHH!

  • t.diddy17

    By putting stuff like that out where everybody can see is for show and they are trying to get attention. Truth of the matter is, if they really wanted stop “trash” rap music, they would start preaching that inside the church.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Streets Is Watchin

    i can’t call this one it really don’t make sense cause all thats about to happen is some corporate fuck is gonna see somebody defaming one of his investments(the rappers) people usually do focus on the riot instead of the cause for protest MESSAGE

  • http://www.myspace.com/youngll Alchemist

    THE BLACK CHURCH IS A JOKE, I AGREE… instead of focusing on stuff that’s going on in the community (gang violence, drug dealers, pimps & murderers) WE FOCUS ON 50 CENT?? WEEZY?? NELLY!!!???? like some one said earlier “IF THIS BROTHERS WOULD BE DONATING MONEY TO THE CHURCH IT WOULDN’T BE A PROBLEM… ISN’T IT FUNNY THAT THIS CHRUCH IS FROM CHICAGO (OPRAH TERRITORY) AND 50 CENT HAS BEEN ATTACKING OPRAH… ISN’T SHE ALMOST A BILLIONAIRE????? YEAH, ALOT OF INFLUENCE.. UH HUH.

  • http://www.myglobaloutlet.com Severe

    im so sick of this shit. why dont they put up billboards against movies that are violent or demeaning. or tv shows…everybody wanna target hiphop when the real issue is society as a whole.

  • !!FEBMN!!

    What a waste of money
    you could have taken that money and provide something better for your so church and community! Get your priorities in order! stopping hip hop is an exercise in futility!

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    crabs in a barrel pointing the finger…hipocrsy I tell ya…hipocrsy…

    side note: I think that violence is part of society…should it be glorified…no…solutions should be presented no just the problems…so i kinda agree with them but the way they are going about this is wrong…2 wrongs dont make a right all it does is continue the process…

  • http://imsohoney.com lork diesel

    hmmm Looks like the pastor was right. Does anyone else notice the horrible grammar and spelling in all of these comments? The people on here supporting the rappers seem dumb as hell. Oh wait I mean; Ignant.. Instead of trying to bust down a clergyman, yall need to take your ignorant asses back to english class!

  • southern monster

    MOney money money yall cant see that this paster is just trying to make a whole alot cash off poor people in his congregation by saying stop rappers are wrong lets ban them be real and listen up AINT NOBODY LISTENING to you go home and wipe down that new caddy that the church payed for real people listen to rap because they can relate they know what its to be broke and poor and to go with out but leave up to leon lonnie love.

  • Chi Rep

    All the rappers that are on the billboard are trash anyway. The billboard is correct!!! What’s fucking with that? So what if it’s a catholic priest….IT’S THE TRUTH!!!!!

  • j.zz

    i ono man i feel all u ppl but the truth i thk the curch is just waistin time like someone here said if a hiphop artist artist doesnt donate money to one of these churches they get offended and start spreadin all this shit!! fake ass hoes

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