We were fortunate enough to talk ish with Founder…Ydot Gdot!!! Ydot Gdot is the founder of the #AntiChiraq movement with the purpose of “Getting Back Our City.” The #AntiChiraq movement was created to bring the city together as one. Although there has been a ton of Chiraq music about Chicago, #AntiChiraq has nothing to do with music, as a matter of fact a lot of well-known Chicago artists such as Lil Durk, Spenzo, Lil Mouse, Stunt Taylor, Dreezy and so many others support the movement. Lets get to know Ydot Gdot and the #AntiChiraq movement…
3 Voices: Introduce yourself to the world. Let the people know who Ydot Gdot is and what Ydot Gdot does.
Ydot Gdot: Yooo! Chicago’s favorite nerdy, Ydot Gdot! I am a artist, I am a host, pretty much a entertainer in the city of Chicago. Founder of the #AntiChiraq movement!
3 Voices: Tell us about the #AntiChiraq movement you started. What’s your perspective of Chiraq? How do you think the word Chiraq even came about?
Ydot Gdot: The movement is really all about positivity, growth, and unity. It’s all about bringing everybody together. I know I can’t stop violence, but I will do my best to bring everybody together with doing stuff with the youth. I’ll be joining CPS schools, so I’ll be doing events with the kids. I think to call Chicago, “Chiraq” is not the best thing for it… I’m really just tryna bring the light back to Chicago. I don’t even wanna really speak on too much on that. I know I can’t stop people from using the word, but I’m just using the light that’s shine on me to do positive things, which I like to do. I got all the top artists in the city rocking with me, so that’s what I’m going to be doing.
3 Voices: How do you think Chiraq even came into existence?
Ydot Gdot: Music…when Kanye said it in a song on the Watch the Throne album, that kinda brought attention to it. A few artists in the city named their mixtapes after it and a lot of people saying it. Saying it in the media, media is a real major outlet…that’s why I took over the social media with #AntiChiraq #GiveUsOurCity like that because that plays a big part in everything. But with my movement it has nothing to do with music, it’s just about everybody coming together as one. We can’t stop the violence but we all can come together, do positive things and bring the light back to Chicago because that’s another reason the stuff is happening. It’s like…damn, every time you turn on the news its negative stuff, look in the paper its negative stuff, every blog site its negative stuff. Everybody have to find their own outlet, with me I already have a light on me as well as being one of the top people in Chicago for hosting parties, being a artist, and being a nice speaker in Chicago. I’m just taking what I got and just do positive stuff. My first event is this Saturday, May 10th on 95th and Western at Harold’s. I’m sponsored by Harold’s so that’s Chicago within itself; I’m already winning like that.
3 Voices: What do you think, we as Chicagoans have to do in order to get our city back?
Ydot Gdot: Be #AntiChiraq..Unity…Unite. The three things that my movement stands for, you got to be positive, if you got a negative outlook on everything, you never gone grow. Growth, if you tryna do what you did last year or even two weeks ago, you aint [growing]. Every since I started the movement, everyday it grows, so that’s how I’m winning…I’m growing. Unity and coming together. You gotta be positive. You gotta be about growth. You gotta wanna unite. That’s all we gotta do, and that’s all I’m really doing. Those three things is what Chicagoans need to do, that’s it. We do that, we gone.
3 Voices: The word Chiraq has gone globally and so many artists well-known have made a song about it and they aren’t even from Chicago. You already have quite a few artists from Chicago that support the #AntiChiraq movement. Are there any artists that you would like to support the #AntiChiraq movement in particular?
Ydot Gdot: I have a few artists, the guy who made, “Dance Like A Stripper” M.E, he rocking with me. The guy who made, “Booty Me Down” Kstylis, he rocking with me. They both talked about it. But I wanna get the Chicago artists that are major. I’m reaching out to them daily. I know they pay attention to their Instagram and Twitter and I’m a big figure on both. I know they see me. A couple of them follow me. They see me talking about it…they see it. Let’s not be fool like they don’t see it, everybody see this #AntiChiraq, it hit the city like crazy because I did it in the height of the Chiraq remixes. If artists like Herb, he disagrees with it…he saw it, so I know other people see it. Lil Durk rocking with me, Spenzo rocking with me, Mouse rocking with me…if they all see it, I know other artists see it. Some people just scared, Ima just call it what it is, people just scared. Me, I’m not scared…I’m still out here [for instance] Dreezy just did her video shoot in every hood and I was in it. I still get love…people wanna do positive stuff; they wanna get out this life. I started the #AntiChiraq movement, I’m kinda like the face of it but Dreezy’s going to be the co pilot of this plane that’s about to take off. She’s going to be the voice on the music side for it. People don’t even know that we partnered up together, that’s little sis right there and she’s taking off. She’s about to be the queen of the city, watch my word…watch what I tell you. She got the city. Before you can make it anywhere else, you got to make it here. You have to make it in your city first. We taking out city back, people stole it but now we taking it back.
3 Voices: You have an event coming up. What can people expect from the #AntiChiraq event? Will there be more #AntiChiraq events in the near future?
Ydot Gdot: Oh yeah, it’s going be two to three events a month. After this event, Ima try to bust out a basketball game. What you can expect for this event is I got guest speakers; my uncle is a pastor, Reverend Ronald Smith. He preaches at Apostolic on 63rd and Dorchester, he’s coming out. I got poets, I got artists performing, I got live DJs. Harold of Harold’s Chicken is my grandfather. So Harold’s is in my blood, like that’s me, that’s my family business. My auntie owns 3 of them. One that she happens to own is on 95th and Western. You can expect guest speakers, I’m going be speaking about the movement, selling shirts, and most importantly the specials on the wings. You not gone see specials like this for years. Positive people and positive vibes is what’s it all about.
3 Voices: What’s next for Ydot Gdot? Are there any exclusives that you can share with us?
Ydot Gdot: You’ll got the exclusive with the CPS schools, they really taking in a liking of what I do. I’ll be meeting with them next Wednesday. I don’t really wanna speak on the other stuff until I know for sure but it’s in the air like the top media in Chicago, they following me and they wanna do a special on it. After Saturday they will show interest. I’m going so hard to make my event real successful and they won’t have a chance but to shine the light on something positive.
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to Ydot Gdot on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.?
Ydot Gdot: I don’t be on my Facebook because I’m at the max [amount of] friends. Follow me on Instagram @ydotgdot. Follow me on Twitter @realydotgdot. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, [email me] at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can go from there.
And there you have it! You heard it all from Ydot Gdot himself! Be sure to use the hashtag #AntiChiraq and #GiveUsOurCity all over all social media to help get the word out! Much success with everything you have going on Ydot Gdot and keep in touch!