Kanye West continues marking his stamp of approval on relatively unknown rappers. The latest is fellow Chicago native, Chief Keef.
Who is Chief Keef, though?
After listening to his buzz records, “3Hunna” and “I Don’t Like,” the 17-year-old is possibly the next Waka Flocka Flame (courtesy of Young Chop’s Lex Luger-inspired infectious beats and Keef’s frequent references to the “trap” lifestyle).
Before becoming an Internet sensation, the Chi-Town native was arrested for an unlawful use of a weapon charge and subsequently spent two months under house arrest and home confinement. His typical story went viral after a video-hosting site posted an unusual video of a fan beaming with excitement that he had been released from jail. Of course, this led many to inquire about the socially awkward teenager.
As his buzz increased, rappers of his lyrical caliber reached out to work with him. Lil’ B remixed his song “Bang” and Soulja Boy hopped on “3Hunna.” Soulja, the poster boy for viral rap stardom, even offered Keef a deal on his SODMG label.
The stark rapper also captured the attention of more revered rappers: Tyler (of Odd Future), Rick Ross and Kanye. ‘Ye, along with Pusha T, Big Sean and Jadakiss, has added to his momentum by remixing his catchy club-banger, “I Don’t Like.”