Donning a Santa’s hat, Chicago rapper King Louie posted Instagram pictures from his hospital bed Friday and wished his fans a Merry Christmas as he recovers from being shot earlier this week.
MERRY XMAS 2 ALL … ALL I WANT 4 XMAS IS 4 EVERYBODY 2 KEEP ME N THEIR PRAYERS….IM STAYING STRONG 4 MY FAMILY & THOSE WHO R PRAYING 4 ME …..THANK U ALL,” the rapper known for coining the term “Chiraq” wrote under one snapshot.
The rapper — whose real name is Louis Johnson Jr. — was shot in the head while he was in a vehicle in the 3900 block of West 83rd Street around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to his management and the police.
Taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, he was “awake and talking” within hours of being shot, according to his management team.
King Louie’s family came to the hospital to celebrate the holidays with him, a member of the rap artist’s management team said Friday. He added that the rap artist is “doing fine.”
In addition to coining the term “Chiraq,” King Louie, 27, has been credited with the creation of “Drillinois,” a concept that plays off the hip-hop genre of “Drill” that he helped popularize along with other Chicago rappers, including Chief Keef, Lil Reese, Lil Durk and G Herbo.
“I called it Chiraq, but I wasn’t caring about the Chiraq part. I was caring about the Drillinois part; I was caring about the drill movement,” King Louie told the Chicago Sun-Times last year.
King Louie released a song titled “F— Spike Lee” earlier this month on the same day the New York director’s film “Chi-Raq” premiered.
Contributing: Sam Charles