Chief Keef Has Your Attention, For All The Wrong Reasons

When Lupe Fiasco was asked about Chief Keef in a recent interview, he said point blank that he was “afraid” of Keef’s generation. The one that absorbs nihilism with the kind of pep found in a football locker room on a Friday night. Keef’s recent actions on Twitter following the death of rival Chicago rapper Lil JoJo only adds to Lupe’s beliefs and the rest of America’s belief that Chicago is consistently gaining headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Last night, Lil JoJo (real name Joseph Coleman) lost his life in a hail of gunfire. Earlier in the day, the 18-year-old was videotaped riding around Chicago and encountering Lil Reese, a known Chief Keef associate and taunting him. Reese responds emphatically, “I’m gonna kill you.” (Ed. note: The video has since been removed from YouTube).

Naturally, Keef’s only recourse was to turn to Twitter to speak on the matter and instead of admitting there was a tragedy, he mocked it.

Greg Whitt of The Smoking Section commented on the matter earlier, taking the stance of when will the senselessness be done with. The thing about Keef’s tweets and the system at large isn’t as black & white as the murder statistics will make you believe. Remember, Pitchfork had an interview with the young rapper inside of a Chicago gun range, either for authenticity or for sheer mocking, whichever you prefer. With the news now in a 24-hour cycle, stories like this will be ballooned to national proportions and the eyes surrounding the Chi constantly beaming. The worst part about this matter is that Reese’s ignorance on camera could possibly lead to a murder charge or at least a conspiracy charge placed on him if the authorities get involved.

Gangsta rap has been embed in rap since the 80s, the realities of a “kill or be killed mentality” that placated the 80s of Black America and have continued on for the better part of three decades now. The city may go up in smoke and the only people who will care that there is no city are its inhabitants who will simply pack up, move to another area and continue on.

If Chief Keef’s rise from hyper-realisitc rap wound up giving us Lil Mouse, who was just enabled by Lil Wayne for his Dedication 4 mixtape, then the trail of tears will continue flowing. The more we continue to blast entertainers and those given power only to misuse them, the rarer they seem to even care.

All because it’s washed under the sun and the main reason for defense? “But at least he’s gettin’ money.”

Brando

EIC of Day & A Dream, Brando has written for such publications as About, DJ Booth, Refined Hype & the Houston Press. Wrestling enthusiast, sneaker addict, sports junkie and lover of chocolate cake. Follow him on Twitter: @_brandoc

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