Chicago rapper Chief Keef was unceremoniously dropped from Interscope Records last month; just two years after the controversial artist signed with the label in a deal that was reportedly worth $6 million. Keef’s deal caught the public’s attention, not just because of the money involved, but also because of the conditions put forth in the deal. Interscope reserved the right to drop the rapper if his major label debut, Finally Rich failed to sell at least 250,000 units.
Finally Rich, was released December 2012, and has sold roughly 200,000 copies in less than two years.
Rapper Young Chop spoke to Forbez DVD about the label’s decision to let Keef walk; criticizing the label for not giving the rapper a chance to fully meet the requirements of the deal.
“What’s so funny about it [is that] his album sold what the f— its requirements were supposed to be,” he said. “So how did they drop him? He sold 200,000. He recouped. I don’t know what the f— [is] going on over there. His singles did good. Every single he put out did good and topped charts.”
Keef’s two biggest singles “I Don’t Like” and “Love Sosa” both peaked at #15 on the Billboard Rap Charts; neither got higher than #50 on the Billboard Pop Charts.