“With Chief Keef, it’s unfortunate to hear that he’s actually locked up,” Fif told MTV News on Wednesday (January 16), a day after Keef was detained in Chicago when he was videotaped holding a gun, which is in violation of his probation. “I feel bad, because I feel like I knew that was gonna happen. I knew what continues to happen afterwards if you let it spiral out of control.”
50 was in New York signing autographs and promoting his new workout book “Formula 50″ at a Manhattan Barnes & Noble but took time out to weigh in on the Keef controversy. The two worked together on CK’s “Hate Bein’ Sober” single from Keef’s debut LP, Finally Rich, but after the teenage rapper left Fif and Wiz Khalifa hanging at the song’s Las Vegas video shoot in November, the rap veteran was a little turned off. Though he didn’t appreciate the no-show, 50 maintained that he’s a Chief Keef fan and even went so far as to compare the young rapper to his own son in a radio interview two weeks after the failed shoot.
Fif is still rooting for Keef, even though they haven’t spoken since the youngster left him high and dry. “I haven’t been in communications with him following that, and I wish him the best,” 50 said before remarking on the rap rookie’s potential. “Chief Keef, I think he has something, obviously. Even within the system, no one has done anything for Chief Keef. He’s still just this raw music, raw talent, because he shot all of these music videos in the living room.”
The music mogul hopes more young rap talent will follow in Chief Keef’s footsteps. His breakout music video for “I Don’t Like” was crudely shot in a non-descript home, but made enough of an impact to earn Sosa more than 20 million YouTube views and a lucrative recording contract with Interscope.
“He hasn’t had a music video that cost more than $4,000, so that should indicate to other young talent out there that they can do it with the means they have around them,” he said. “Their telephone can serve as the actual video camera if you record the right in-studio performances. There are limitless opportunities out here now.”
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