G-Unit leader 50 Cent has revealed how close Chief Keef came to losing his recording contract with Interscope Records after his public disputes with Lupe Fiasco and slain rapper Lil JoJo.
According to Fif, Interscope nearly came close to pulling the trigger on his career.
“There was some energy there in the [Interscope] building, they was actually thinking about dropping him,” 50 said in an interview. “I was like, ‘D*mn you can’t just like drop him.’ That’s what hip-hop culture is. It’s an opportunity for you to make it from anywhere. If you from the bottom right now you could listen to this music that comes on, write something and put them cards back they gave you and deal yourself some new ones.” (Hot 97)
A few days prior, Fif tried to decipher the now-defunct feud between Keef and Fiasco.
attempted to piece out the problems between Keef and Lupe. “The things that Lupe said about Chief Keef, I don’t think he said it about him,” Fif said in an interview. “I think he said it about the actual element, the environment. But there’s no way you don’t personalize when a person is saying, you, talking about you. So when he responds by saying he’s going to smack him or whatever it’s because you keep attacking me and I’m sitting here and you attacking me and what am I supposed to do? [This is] from his perspective and Chicago had 158 homicides this summer. 38 of them were teens. They got to go through an investigation to make sure that was actually someone affiliated with Chief Keef. You can’t just put that on him ’cause the boy made a diss song and he’s out there. He’s out there and active and you saw all those guns the boy had in that [recently pulled Pitchfork] video.” (“The Ryan Cameron Show”)
Earlier in the week, Keef’s grandmother stepped forward to discredit his perceived criminal connections.
“Let’s be real, I’m always saying, ‘Cut that down, turn that off, that’s too loud’ when he’s doing all that music,” Carter said. “And girls is his thing. Girls, girls, girls. I get sick of all them girls.” All Chief Keef’s bad-boy bluster — and the police investigation into his gang ties regarding Coleman’s murder — “ain’t nothing but bull stuff,” Carter said. “How can he be doing all that gang stuff when he’s always home and when he’s not at home he’s out of town with me or his uncle. . . . And where’s this gang at? In my kitchen? In my basement? Where they at? In my refrigerator where he go all the time?” Carter said, referring her grandson’s regular routine around the house. “Look, I’m granny. That’s what they call me and I didn’t grow up with none of that mess. That don’t go in my god—- house.” (Sun-Times)
Last weekend, the teenage rapper sent out his condolences to the family of slain rapper Lil JoJo.
“I appreciate music, so I’m going to focus on that and sign off of Twitter I won’t have anything to say until my album drop 11/27 #R.I.Pjojo,” Chief Keef tweeted September 8th.
“i got a LOTTA sh*t 2 say but this aint da place…my music is. i love chicago & i wanna make this sh*t big for us! tell our story. #300″
“since i was put in a messed up spot i think that i finna sign off this twitter sh*t for awhile or at least til my album drops on 11/27″
“album comin 11/27..maybe sooner. fredo gbe mixtape comin soon 2.” (Chief Keef’s Twitter)
Chief Keef officially signed his Interscope Records deal earlier this summer.
Check out 50 Cent’s interview below: