Chicago rapper King Louie was talking and “doing well” Thursday morning, a day after he suffered a gunshot wound to the side of his head, a representative said.
King Louie, whose real name is Louis Johnson and who also goes by King L, remained at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn on Thursday and it was unclear when he would be released, the representative said, asking not to be named.
Johnson was shot about 3:30 p.m. while sitting in a vehicle in the 3900 block of West 83rd Street in the Ashburn neighborhood, according to Chicago police.
The rapper, 27, is often credited with coining the term “Chiraq” and popularizing the drill rap sound. He was part of the team nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for their work on Kanye West’s track “New Slaves.”
Just two months ago, Johnson starred in an anti-violence video for Chicago Ideas Week. He kicks off the video before other rappers, including South Side rapper-turned actor Common, chime in.
“Put the guns down. Get your money up. Let the kids live,” Johnson raps before repeating, “Put the guns down and do better.”
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