McArthur Swindle, otherwise known as NuNu or Nuski, was an affiliate of his cousin Lil Durk. He was shot and killed in a Chicago mall parking lot days after his music video for “OC” had been released.
In 2013, I was a part of a VICE documentary crew looking to shed some light on Chicago’s troubled history with violence amid its newfound fame. Our cameras captured a sliver of daily life in Chicago’s Southside, plagued with violence, its residents hardened from the cold reality of gang-ridden streets.
As with many Black Americans born into impoverished neighborhoods like Chicago’s Southside, they look to move to more affluent neighborhoods with their newfound wealth. The city’s brightest star Chief Keef is the template for this, having relocated to the posh neighborhoods of Chicago’s Northside, but the same violence he left on the city’s Southside followed him to the suburbs.