As reported in an article on DNAinfo Chicago today, Ulysses "Chris" Gissendanner III, an Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate who was killed on the Southside of Chicago Jan. 2, was the stepbrother of Chicago-based rapper Chief Keef, currently signed with Interscope Records.
Gissendanner was a student at Daley College in Chicago when he was killed. He was hoping to complete a business degree and was also passionate about the music business.
According to DNAinfo, Gissendanner modeled his rap alter ego, YPN Boomtown, on Chief Keef. The two were related by marriage, but police do not believe there is a connection between the two and Gissendanner's murder.
As children, they would often play together, but they drifted apart as they grew older.
Additionally, the article details a promising career in music for Gissendanner that was tragically cut short. Gissendanner's manager spoke to DNAinfo about his unique rapping style and his label's high hopes for the teen.
Gissendanner was shot in the head in the 12400 block of south Union Avenue at around 2:30 p.m. by an unknown offender, and was pronounced dead at Roseland Hospital. Police do not believe he was the target of the shooting.
Gissendanner's family had recently moved to Arkansas, but he remained in Chicago to pursue his education and music.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been set.
Listen: Readers can listen to a track posted on Youtube featuring Gissendanner as YPN Boomtown in a video posted above.