One of the biggest stories of the summer was Chief Keef, the teenage rap sensation from Chicago. Chief Keef burst onto the scene with his “I Don’t Like” single. A viral hit, the track gained mainstream attention when Kanye West remixed it. It served as a bonus for Chief Keef, as a bidding war built over him.
In the end, Chief Keef signed a $5 million deal with Interscope Records and his debut album, Finally Rich, was scheduled. Despite this being his first album, Chief Keef was scheduled for a December release date. Chief Keef went up against Wiz Khalifa, Game, Big Boi, and T.I., holding his own.
Drill music is popular in Chicago, but is found offensive to the public, comparable to the “gangsta rap” introduced by Eazy-E some twenty-five years ago. “I Don’t Like” is the lead single and it sets the tone for Finally Rich. “Love Sosa” was released as a single and it continues the drill music trend.
Of course, there will be controversy over Chief Keef, but on Finally Rich, he displays what it is like for a young man growing up in the rough neighborhoods of Chicago. The media has overlooked the killings going on in the city, but Chief Keef shows the world the harsh reality of what is going on. People can continue to point a finger at Chief Keef’s “minstrel show” or they can take action. Boasting collaborations with Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, Chief Keef takes a listener for a one mile walk in the shoes he traveled in his early life and now he is Finally Rich.
Hip Hop Vibe’s Rating: 6/10