April 10, 2014 (CHICAGO) — A South Side rapper who had collaborated with his cousin Chief Keef was shot and killed Wednesday night in West Englewood.
Mario Hess, also known as Blood Money, was just signed by Interscope Records about two weeks ago, according to his manager Renaldo Reuben Hess.
“This was his dream and he finally got his foot in the door,” Renaldo Hess said. “But that’s how it goes in Chicago. He really wanted to get off the streets.”
Renaldo Hess is also Blood Money’s cousin. He said the rapper was on his way to the studio and stopped to talk to some girls in a car when someone walked up and shot him. Renaldo Hess says there was no known motive.
Police said Mario Hess, 30, was shot and killed about 9:30 p.m. in the 5600 block of South Elizabeth Street. He was found lying on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the chest.
He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he died at 10:29 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
A 33-year-old man wounded in the same shooting was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, police said.
Mario Hess collaborated as Blood Money with another cousin, Chief Keef, on a number of tracks, including “F–k Rehab,” a Chief Keef single released in March that has netted more than 13 million views on worldstarhiphop.com in less than a month. “Thought He Was,” a Blood Money track featuring Chief Keef, has nearly 2 million views on YouTube.
Mario Hess was in Los Angeles about two weeks ago and was given recording time with Interscope Records, his manager said. After recording 27 songs, Interscope decided to sign him to a record deal, he said.
Renaldo Hess, who also manages Chief Keef, said Blood Money spent a portion of his $50,000 signing bonus on his family, bills and a car.
“I just spoke to him two days ago and I could sense something wasn’t right,” Hess said. “Whenever you get money people in Chicago start looking. They don’t have money and he was flashing $8,000. Other people looking to stick him up.”