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Should Interscope Drop Chief Keef?

Submitted by on September 7, 2012 – 8:41 pm4 Comments
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Ever since Chief Keef emerged on the scene thanks to Kanye West‘s remix of his song “I Don’t Like,” the 17-year-old Chicago rapper has caused a storm of controversy. From his troubled past issues with guns, gangs, and the police, which he still celebrates through his music, to the ridiculous signing bonus Interscope awarded him to join the label, it has become increasingly evident that Chief Keef is one of the most polarizing names in hip hop today.

But no event proved this more than the events surrounding the death of rival teenage rapper Lil JoJo earlier this week. JoJo (real name: Joseph Coleman) was gunned down on Tuesday night in Chicago. Shortly after news hit that the teenager was slain, a message came from Chief Keef’s Twitter account saying, “Its Sad Cuz Dat N—– Jojo Wanted to Be Jus Like Us #LMAO.” and another tweet laughing seconds prior set off a firestorm on the internet as social media and multiple websites came alive with vigor against the young rapper seemingly mocking a rival’s death on a public forum.

What made matters worse is that Lil JoJo had recently been caught on video engaging in a verbal altercation with Keef affiliate Lil Reese only days before his death. In the video, which has since been taken down, someone can be heard yelling “Imma kill you!” at JoJo. This isn’t to say that Keef was directly involved, but it is in poor taste for anyone to celebrate the death of another. Especially when you consider how young Keef is.

Later on, Keef claimed his Twitter account was hacked after he was embroiled in a back and forth with Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco. However, Keef never denied that he sent the JoJo tweets. This has led to authorities in Chicago looking for Chief Keef to question the young man. It has been widely rumored that both Keef and Jojo were involved in rival gangs and the violence between the two factions led to JoJo’s death.

So, the question is: will Interscople will continue to support this controversial kid who clearly is in need of some mentoring, or will they sever their ties with him and end their attempt to make him a rap star. It’s obvious that the message that Keef brings to the table is a violent one. Considering that Chicago has seen a drastic uptick in homicides over the past year, one has to wonder why Interscope signed an artist like this to begin with.

Now he’s a liability.

What do you think should happen to Chief Keef?

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