Violent crime in the United States increased in 2016, according to a new FBI report, in-part due to an uptick in killings in Chicago and some other major cities.

Franklin Vanderbilt wants to change Chicago’s connection to those types of statistics.

Vanderbilt told Fox News about his journey through Chicago, from his humble beginnings on the west side of Chicago to working with a music legend — Lenny Kravitz.

He said he wanted to tell his story to highlight that his Chicago home is not the stereotypical gangland we are used to seeing splashed across television screens.

“Not everyone on the west side of Chicago is carrying a gun,” Vanderbilt said. “Not everyone is mean and evil. I am one of them. I come from that.”

Visually, you can’t miss Vanderbilt. He’s over six-foot tall and has a smile that lights up any room.

You also don’t want to miss hearing him. As the drummer for Kravitz, he delivers performances you hear — and feel — down to your core.

What was so crucial in his upbringing, Franklin said, was not only his parents, but also the activities and mentors that kept him busy and focused on his music.

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