By Carter Maness
Chief Keef, a buzzing rapper from Chicago, is set to boil over into the mainstream hip-hop world very soon. Thanks to a gigantic co-sign from Kanye West, who last week announced he would follow-up the G.O.O.D. Music salvo “Mercy” with a remix to Keef’s “I Don’t Like” featuring Lil Reese, everybody wants to know the deal with this gun-obsessed, one-time house arrested, Lex Luger beat-riding teenager.
Here’s a cheat sheet to get you caught-up.
From: Chicago – Chief Keef has rapidly become a local legend due to his gritty videos, operatic Lex Luger beats, relentless promotion throughout local high schools and arrest for unlawful use of a weapon after a shot (not his!) was fired at a police officer in Chi-town’s Washington Park neighborhood.
Hits: “I Don’t Like,” which is getting an official G.O.O.D. Music remix featuring Kanye West, Pusha T, Jadakiss and Big Sean, has been watched 1,711,000 times on YouTube. “Bang,” with its “Hard In Da Paint” feel, was his breakout and has been watched 1,310,000 times. “3HUNNA” is intense, swagged-out and sits at 1,716,000.
Co-signs and Label Interest: Besides winning the approval of fellow Chicagoan Kanye West, Chief Keef has teased interest from YMCMB honcho Birdman, as well as Soulja Boy’s SODMG click. It’s also rumored that Bad Boy and Def Jam have expressed interest in the young rapper.
Mixtapes: His only official mixtape, Back From The Dead, dropped in March. Bang collects his early work.
Criminal Record: Arrested last December for unlawful use of a weapon, Chief Keef served 30 days of house arrest at his Grandmother’s apartment followed by another 30 days of home confinement.
Future: While everyone anticipates the G.O.O.D. Music “I Don’t Like” remix, Keef has yet to announce plans for an official debut album.