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Lupe Fiasco imagines life of slain Chicago infant

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Jonylah Watkins' life certainly ended too soon, but in a new song by Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco she grows up and becomes a promising doctor.

The infant, killed in a shooting on Monday while her father was changing her in the passenger seat of a car, is the namesake of "Jonylah Forever." Fiasco released the song yesterday in tribute to the slain girl.

It's a simple, moving track that imagines what Jonylah's life might have been like -- avoiding gangs, attending King College Prep (where she "bumped into Hadiya teaching art," referencing Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old King student fatally shot in January) and eventually graduating medical school with honors and turning down a high-paying job because "they need me in the hood / and that's where you reside."

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