Should Interscope Records Drop Chief Keef?
Chief Keef continues to face backlash for several tweets that caused an uproar this week. The first tweet involved his commentary on the death of a young Chicago teen named Joseph Cameron, aka Lil JoJo. Several days ago, Lil JoJo, who had a beef with Chief Keef’s associate, Lil Reese, was murdered while riding a bike on the South Side of Chicago.
Chief Keef responded to his death by tweeting, “It’s sad cuz that n—a wanted to be jus like us #LMAO.”
He also found himself in a beef with Lupe Fiasco after tweeting “Lupe Fiasco a h– a– n—a and when I see him Ima smack him like da lil b–h he is #300.”
This was apparently in response to Lupe Fiasco saying that the culture Chief Keef represents scares him.
Lupe eventually reached out to Chief Keef and the young rapper later said his Twitter account was hacked.
But now that Chief Keef and his affiliates are being investigated for Lil JoJo’s murder, the story is getting national attention. Angry individuals are calling for Chief Keef to be dropped from Interscope Records by Jimmy Iovine.
Indeed, Chief Keef’s music represents a culture that subscribes to senseless violence, sex and drug use. Anyone who follows hip-hop has heard those themes within the music for years. But the effects are more evident than ever.
Chief Keef and many other poor black teens in Chicago are suffering from severe trauma. They come from homes where the fathers are absent, mothers are strung out on crack or heroin and their closest role models are black men in their 20s and 30s who have carved out a living through illegal activity.
Chief Keef’s story is rooted in a city that witnessed the murder of 38 teens in two months. At this point, it really doesn’t matter if Chief Keef is dropped from Interscope or if he goes on to release five albums.
Because if he is dropped by Interscope, there will be another label willing to sign another rapper who can tell a similar story.
The saddest part is that the record label will fund a rapper’s dysfunction by giving him a deal, but will the label provide counseling for that teen who is obviously in need?
Share your thoughts. Should Chief Keef be dropped by Interscope, or is his music unfairly getting a bad rap?