By Rob Markman
Things could’ve turned out different for 50 Cent, but when faced against the odds the G-Unit juggernaut grew to be an unstoppable force in rap.
First there was the abrasive "How To Rob," his 1999 single which managed to ruffle the feathers of a number of big names in hip-hop. Then there was a bubbling beef with Murda Inc. and the 2000 shooting where he was hit nine times. When the music industry deemed Fif too dangerous and backed off of the rising star, the Southside Jamaica, Queens MC took matters into his own hands with an unstoppable run on the underground mixtape scene. With the 2003 release of his classic debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’ 50 cemented his unforgettable career.
Chief Keef, with all of his legal woes has been branded as a liability by many, like 50 once was, but with the right strategy can Keef change his street mystique into rap immortality?
On Tuesday Keef was taken into police custody after a judge ruled that he had violated his probation by handling a firearm in a video interview last year. On Thursday the “I Don’t Like” rapper will face sentencing and after he and his team will have to decide how to pick up the pieces. Maybe they could look toward 50 as an example, after all he has expressed his affinity for the youngster on numerous occasions.
"With Chief Keef, it's unfortunate to hear that he's actually locked up," Fif told MTV News on Wednesday. "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."
In November Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent and Chief Keef were scheduled to shoot a music video for Keef’s "I Hate Bein’ Sober" in the Las Vegas desert, but Keef was a no-show. The move didn’t sit well with Fif who openly criticized Sosa on Twitter, but he still spoke fondly of Keef and even went as far as to compare him to his own son.
Fif and Keef hasn’t spoken since the day of the failed shoot three months ago, but now may be a good time for Keef to reach out for a bit of advice. "I haven't been in communications with him following that, and I wish him the best," 50 said before talking about the power of Keef. "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."
Whatever becomes of their relationship, 50 believes that more up and coming rappers should follow Chief Keef’s DIY model. "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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