Rapper King Louie spent his birthday recuperating after being shot in the head in his native Chicago last week (Dec. 23). King Louie — real name Louis Johnson Jr. — spoke with CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday night (Dec. 28) to discuss the recent shooting and the gun violence plaguing his city.
“They said [the suspect] shot 22 times and I was hit seven times,” he said. “Three of the slugs are still with me today — two in my chest, one in my head.”
“The devil’s working overtime, that’s what’s going on in Chicago,” added Louie, who is credited for coining the term “Chi-Raq.”
“I think there’s hope for Chicago,” King Louie said, when asked about the city’s future. “I don’t think I’d be here today if it wasn’t for prayer so I deeply appreciate all the prayers people had made for me, my family. ’cause they kept me strong and got me through my situation.”
He added, “We gotta be strong, pray for our city and the right people gotta do the right things.”