CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Chicago rapper King Louie spent Christmas in a hospital bed after being shot last week in the Ashburn neighborhood.
On Sunday, which was his 28th birthday, he was discharged from Advocate Christ Medical Center.
In the past few months, King Louie says he has had a target on his back, shot now two different times. He says this will only make him stronger.
“The devil is working overtime, that's my opinion,” King L said.
Now recovering at home, King Louie says he carries with him bullets still lodged in his body.
"I was shot 7 times. I still have two bullets in my chest and on in my ear/head,” he said.
King Louie, whose real name is Louis Johnson Jr., is a prominent Chicago artist who has worked with others like Common and Kanye West. He is also known for helping create the term ‘Chi-Raq,’ which refers to the violence in Chicago.
King Louie says he's buried so many loved ones from gun violence, he can't keep track.
“I’m tired of that kind of stuff and I just want to let people know we have to do better. Everybody, even me,” King L said.
After being shot in the head, the rapper says he wants to be part of the change and motivate people.
“He got shot and now he's back doing this and doing positive things. I’m not talking about I want something done to anybody, I pray for the people that did this to me,” King L said.
As a rapper, his music is sometimes centered on the gang violence he is familiar with. But he says he doesn't live by his words.
“Music is entertainment. It’s not like directions to life, it's just entertainment. This isn’t' what you have to do and you teach your kids and raise you kids with morals, they will learn that gun violence isn’t' what you are supposed to be doing,” he said.
King Louie, who is a father and an uncle, says it's now his responsibility, injuries and all, to help fix the problem.
“I’m not going to change the world with it, but I can save a few lives, like I can motivate a few people,” he added.
So, how do we fix the violence plaguing Chicago? King Louie says it starts with leaders, good honest leaders and ends with prayer and positive thinking.