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Long before Chief Keef (born Keith Cozart) was certainly one of the most common teenage rappers in America and the youngest major label mind in history, he was a legend among kids on the South Side of Chicago, a gritty set of areas that most recently made the news because of its amazing rise in murder rate (up 38% in 2012 alone). On December 4, 2011, at age 16, Keef was shot at by police and arrested for unlawful use of a weapon and eventually placed directly under house arrest, at his grandmother's house, for monthly. On the day he was launched, the world outside of Chicago got their first taste of Keef's presence: a viral movie called 'It's Something Amiss With This Lil Boy: Freaks Out When He Finds Out His Favorite Rapper 'Chief Keef' Gets Out of Jail.''
In the video, a teen shouts and performs in delight for about four and a half-minute about Chief Keef's launch, pressing YouTube comments like 'Who the hell is Chief Keef'? But many people knew exactly who the hell Chief Keef was because he'd been doing something virtually unheard of in the World Wide Web age: becoming vastly popular through local word of mouth.
Even though Keef herself stopped attending school at age 15, his music gained prominence within the Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest school district in the nation with over 400,000 students. Keef's YouTube video for 'Bang,' a song off of the mixtape Bang he launched in 2011, gained of a million views before Keef had any awareness outside of his home city, spurred by young listeners who found the atmosphere in Keef's sound and the message in his lyrics to become resonant in their particular lives. rapper shirts
Keef's music, mostly comprised of simple homemade line and drum tracks punctuated by his menacing, nihilistic lyrics, seems like another evolutionary part of the kind of tracks by Lex Luger and Waka Flocka Flame. But more importantly, his music properly and honestly reflects the frustration, hopelessness and violence, as well as occasions of victory and joy, of the environments that Keef and hundreds of thousands of other poor and working-class young ones live in all over the world. On 'Bang,' Keef raps with punchy, syncopated supply, 'That smoke's got me gone, can hear it within the air/we on top like some stairs, do not provide a f**k, I be goin' to hell.'
Very nearly three months after Chief Keef premiered from your home confinement at the start of 2012, 22-year-old San Francisco Bay Area rapper Lil B (another unsigned phenom) hopped on a remix of 'Bang,' and a week after that, Soulja Boy did the same thing for Keef's '3Hunna.' However the moment that offered the absolute most exposure to Keef to the world outside of Chicago was, ironically, the result of another Chicago rapper: Kanye West. On March 12, Keef released his next mixtape, Straight back from the Dead, featuring the song 'I Do not Like,' a single therefore large that it became Keef's calling card, and on May 1, Kanye West released a remix of 'I Do not Like' featuring himself, Chief Keef, Pusha T, Jadakiss and Big Sean. No body in the rap world may question, 'Who the hell is Chief Keef'? after that.
Keef's devoted fanbase in Chicago was built on the support of local fans and via a network of likeminded rappers like Keef's cousin Fredo Santana, SD, Lil Durk and Lil Reese, along with producers like Young Chop and DJ Kenn. DJ Kenn, who was literally flourished the street by Chief Keef's dad after visiting Chicago from Japan, explain's Keef's appeal this way: 'First-time I found the studio, I didn't
Rap supporters waited impatiently for months until, fittingly, the largest signing windfall came to Chief Keef on June 16, 2012. On that day, Keef told MTV that he'd signed to Interscope (and signed a publishing deal with Dr. Dre) after being openly pursued by brands like T.I.'s Fantastic Hustle Records, Waka Flocka Flame's Stone Team Monopoly and Birdman & Lil Wayne's Small Money Activity. Keef's historical deal included an Interscope mark for his group (Glory Boyz Entertainment), their own type of Beats by Doctor. Dre headphones called a biopic about his life, and Beats by Keef.
Now, with the buzz bordering his signing behind him, Keef is shifting to his next step: another his debut album and mixtape. The mix-tape, Finally Rich, which arrives later this year, will discover Keef followed closely by a few of the largest rappers available, including Young Jeezy and Waka Flocka Flame. His presently untitled debut album, is planned to drop by the finish of 2012, and it'll cap off one of the most wonderful stories in hip hop: In one year, 17-year-old Chief Keef went from being on house arrest at his grandma's house to being a national rap superstar, all years before he's old enough to purchase a drink.