Chief Keef’s Rapper Cousin Big Glo Shot to Death
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 04.10.2014
He just signed a major record label deal…
The Associated Press (via Billboard) reports that a Chicago rapper, Big Glo (nee Mario Hess), a rapper who recently made a deal with a major record label and was Chief Keef's cousin was shot to death on Wednesday (April 9) in the Englewood area of Chicago. Glo was the oldest member of the Glory Boyz Entertainment crew and the second cousin of Chief Keef.
Glo's manager said he attempting to get the man out of Englewood and the city. He stated: "It's a lot of crime and violence in Chicago, these rap guys are being targeted, so you know, just trying to get him outside the neighborhood. He's from the streets," Renaldo Reuben Hess said early Thursday morning. He was basically trying to just get his rap career together because that's a good opportunity," he said. "They gave him some money up front. It was a good chance for him to get himself out the hood."
According to law enforcement, two shooters opened fire south of 56th Street on Elizabeth Avenue around 9:45PM Wednesday night. More than two-dozen shell casings were left in the street. Big Glo was reportedly shot around 10 times and pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Another 28-year-old man was wounded and taken to Stroger by a family member, according to Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. He was reportedly in serious condition.
It was difficult to keep track of the casings at the scene. Index cards originally served as markers for the evidence until plastic ones could be used. However, after they were set next to the casings, they were scraped across the concrete in the wind. Big Glo was found south of a newer model dark red Cadillac Escalade. The scene was bordered by four vacant lots.
Big Glo was considered the elder statesman on Keef's local imprint, Glory Boyz Entertainment. He released several mix tapes. His 2013 mix tape, Drug Wars, reportedly led to his recent signing with Interscope Records, the same label keef signed with two years ago. He also had a lengthy arrest record, appearing in Cook County courts on at least 36 separate cases.
In 2002, he was charged with manufacturing and delivering cocaine. Hess pleaded guilty and some of the charges were dropped as a result. He received a year of jail time and was credited for almost 200 days served. In 2007, he later pleaded guilty after being charged with aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a felon. He received a two year sentence in jail and was given credit for time served. In April 2008, January 2009, and April 2013, he was brought up on charges of possession of 30 to 500 grams of marijuana. Most recently, he was on a two-year probation sentence and was accused of violating that probation eight months later.
This is the second shooting in two weeks of someone who is associated with keef. Keef was in the Northfield home of his manager in Northfield on March 26 when someone inside was shot and wounded. He was a passenger in the car that dropped the man off at NorthShore Skokie Hospital, per Keef's lawyer. Keef was questioned in connection with the shooting and released. No arrests have been made as of yet.
Hess previously expressed that it was only a matter of time before violence caught up with him. He said, "I basically had an intuition about ... just telling him he really needs to move out of Chicago. He was trying to get the rest of this money and stay off the streets, you know?"