Big Glo, a Chicago rapper related to rapper Chief Keef, was shot to death in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago on Wednesday night. Big Glo – whose real name was Mario Hess and formerly had the show name Blood Money - recently earned $50,000 to sign with a well-known recording company named Interscope Records, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Thursday.
Two gunmen reportedly shot more than two dozen times, striking Hess as many as 10 times while also injuring a relative of Hess’. Chicago police officers have been investigating to see if “rap feuds” had anything to do with Hess’s slaying. Additionally, the famous Chicago rap artist, Chief Keef, is a second cousin of the man who was shot.
The latest shooting is the second shooting in as many weeks that have been linked to Chief Keef, Chicago’s well-known 18-year-old rapper – who is also known by his real name, Keith Cozart. Keef was at a Northfield residence – north of Chicago – at his manager’s house on March 26, 2014, when another man was seriously injured. At this time, there has been no motive given to authorities for the murder.
Renaldo Reuben Hess, the rapper’s manager and first cousin, said that the rapper is from where there is a lot of crime and violence in Chicago. These rap guys, according to the manager, are being targeted.
Hess was a reported to have been 30-year-old father of five children with a long arrest record that included felony convictions for weapons offenses and narcotics, according to the report. Other reports say he was 33 years of age.
Rap-wise, he recently performed on Chief Keef’s song “F--- Rehab.”