Twitter has seen an outpouring of love and concern for rapper, and Chicago native, King Louie after news broke on the social network that he had been shot in the head.
King Louie, born Louis Johnson, was reportedly shot whilst on 83rd and Pulaski in Ashburn, Chicago. The rapper’s manager later confirmed the news to Chicago Sun-Times reporter Sam Charles, adding that King Louie was “awake and talking.”
Breaking: King Louie's manager confirms he was shot in the head at 83rd and Pulaski earlier today. He's awake and talking.
— Sam Charles (@samjcharles) December 23, 2015
Police also confirmed that the 28-year-old was in stable condition having been transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to Fox 32 News.
King Louie is currently trending on Twitter as fans tweet their concern for the rapper who was a featured guest on Kanye West’s previous album Yeezus. Check out some of the tweets below.
Wow. Prayers up for King Louie and his whole camp.
— Ish Shaboy (@GY312) December 24, 2015
The news first broke on Twitter after Spot News uploaded an audio recording of a police scanner reporting the incident. “Louis Johnson … shot in the left side of the head,” read the tweet, which was subsequently retweeted 722 times.
King Louie shot to fame in his native Chicago as part of the local trap scene. In 2012, he was named by Spin Magazine as one of the rappers that made the city the “hottest hip-hop scene.” He is attributed as coining the term Chiraq, now the title of a major motion picture directed by Spike Lee. King Louie has vocally opposed the film, along with a number of other Chicago rappers.
Also known as King L, the rapper’s mixtapes include Drilluminati, Jeep Music, Tony, and Play Dat Again. He has also collaborated on tracks with other notable Chicago rappers including Chief Keef and Lil Herb. Kanye West first professed his admiration for Louie on his remix of Chief Keef’s hit song; I Don’t Like, which was featured on the GOOD Music compilation album, Cruel Summer.