Southern rapper Waka Flocka Flame recently spoke on the mixed reactions some people have with hip-hop newcomer Chief Keef and why everyone should respect the Chicago teen.
In Flocka’s perspective, too many people are quick to judge without giving Keef a chance to show his full potential.
“I feel like he’s being more so labeled. He’s a 17-year-old kid. Now, I get to see how people judge me and what I’ve seen and I couldn’t see. Instead of helping a kid, they bash a kid. Adults are supposed to teach, not punish. If you see him doing the wrong things, give him the opportunity to learn instead of bashing him. So I just feel like they overdo it. They make a kid look like a villain.” (“Nite Cap W/ Peter Bailey”)
Last summer, fellow Chi-Town rapper Lupe Fiasco admitted Chief scared him.
“I don’t know too much about Rockie Fresh — Chief Keef scares me. Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents, specifically in Chicago,” Lupe said when asked for his take on Chi-Town newcomers. “And I don’t speak this about any other city because I’m not from there. But like my family lives in Chicago. So my nephews, my cousins, my friends, and my peoples they all in those hoods that he represents. When you drive through Chicago the hoodlums, I don’t want to call Chief Keef a hoodlum, but ‘the’ hoodlums, the gangsters, and the ones you see killing each other — the murder rate in Chicago is skyrocketing and you see who’s doing it and perpetrating it, they all look like Chief Keef.” (#Rap Attack)
Weeks prior, Chicago rapper Rhymefest defended inking a blog post criticizing major labels targeting artists like Keef.
“I meant to say what I said. It’s really not about Chief Keef as much as it is about exploitation. It’s no coincidence that one of the most violent periods Chicago has ever seen, that this is what represents us musically. This is what represents us as a people. We have a history here of Curtis Mayfield, Kanye West — and so then when we get to senseless violence, the prison industrial complex is real,” Fest explained in an interview. “I don’t have anything against any particular kind of music. My problem is the imbalance of the music that we get. So if all of the diet of the music that you get is kill kill kill and we’re going to glorify that, then that’s what we are conditioning our shorties and they’ll never end. They’ll do it, they’ll sing about it, they’ll rap about it and that’ll be it.” (WGCI)
Chief caught heat earlier this month when reports surfaced about local police pulling down promotional posters for his new Finally Rich album.
Chicago Police plan to cite whoever is putting up posters on public property in the Englewood area promoting the 17-year-old’s new album, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Chicago Police union Vice President Daniel Gorman told the newspaper that Chief Keef — whose real name is Keith Cozart — is being “hailed as a hero,” and called the posters a “smack in the face” to the officers in the area. (NBC Chicago)
Check out Waka Flocka Flame’s interview: