Chicago rapper King Louie has been released from the hospital after being shot in the head last Wednesday (Dec. 23). King L sat down with CNN's Don Lemon and spoke on the circumstances surrounding the shooting, as well as his thoughts on the violence that has put a dark cloud over his city.

"I was in my car, I was finna leave some friend's house and someone start shooting at my car," recalls King Louie. "And I think they said it had shot like twenty-two shots or whatever and I was hit seven times. Three of the slugs are still with me today, two in my chest and one in my head."

When asked what is going on in Chicago, King Louie responds by saying "The devil's working overtime, that's what's going on in Chicago."

King Louie also speaks on his involvement in Chicago's Put The Guns Down program and says that he still remains hopeful that his city can overcome these trying times.

"Yeah, I think it's hope for Chicago, and like I say, prayer. I don't think I would be here today if it wasn't for prayer so I deeply appreciate all the prayers that people have made for me, everybody that prayed for me, the prayers of my family and everything 'cause that me through, kept me strong and got me through my situation."

"So I say we just gotta stay strong and pray for our city and the right people just gotta do the right things," he added.

The shooting served as a low-light as to what had been a great year for the Chi-City rhymer who is considered one of the most popular artists in the city's drill scene. King Louie released two mixtapes this year, Drilluminati 3: God Of Drill and 6 God Tony, and he also recorded a track titled "F--- Spike Lee," in response to the directors controversial film, Chi-Raq, a satirical look at the gun violence plaguing Chicago.

King Louie has stayed in good spirits throughout this ordeal and made sure to thank fans in a statement his management issued to NBC Chicago during the holidays.

“King Louie and his family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this unfortunate time,” his management said in an emailed statement to NBC Chicago. “He wants his fans, friends and family to know that he is alive and recovering and is thankful for the support.”

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