Chicago rap newcomer Chief Keef has finally laid the bidding wars to rest by inking a new record deal with mega label Interscope.
Keef credits the careers of rap stars 50 Cent and Eminem for influencing his decision to join Interscope.
Chief Keef already told you what he don’t like, but Interscope Records, that’s that sh– he do like. On Saturday (June 16) just hours before he took the stage at Birthday Bash with T.I. the Chicago upstart inked a deal with Jimmy Iovine‘s label and gave RapFix the exclusive. “I’ve been talkin’ to a lot of labels, but I just noticed that Interscope got people like 50, Eminem,” Keef told us after he got off stage performing his breakout track, “I Don’t Like.” The teenage spitter also revealed that he signed a publishing deal with Dr. Dre. Keef was recruited by a few labels including Cash Money and T.I.’s Grand Hustle. (RapFix)
Additional reports claim Chief’s deal includes movies and his own Beats headphones.
I spoke with the GBE crew and their management, Uncle Ro Mgmt, headed up by Dro, this morning to get some of the specifics of the deal. Although a dollar amount was not discussed, know that it was in the millions. Along with the solo deal, Keef was given his own label deal for his GBE imprint, which will be headed up by Keef, his manager Dro and his cousin Fredo Santana — likely making Chief Keef the youngest label owner in all of music. Keef also agreed to a multi-movie film deal through Interscope’s motion picture division, so look for Keef’s story to hit the silver screen in the future. The first movie is already in the works, and I should have some additional details on that soon. The icing on the cake, however, is Keef’s own line of Beats By Dre headphones, aptly titled “Beats By Keef.” The deal with Interscope has been in the works over the past few months, but Keef officially inked last night. With these three properties now belonging to Keef, it appears a new mogul has been born. Congrats to GBE. Keef and Dro on this monumental situation. (Fake Shore Drive)
Recently, Cash Money Records boss Birdman said he wanted him on the label.
Birdman revealed that he is, in fact, working on adding Chief Keef to the ever-expanding roster at Cash Money. “I like him, he kinda reminds me of us,” Birdman told host Sway Calloway, referencing his all-star YMCMB team. “[He’s] out the streets, I think he’s swagged up and I’m definitely talking to his people and I’d like to see if we can make it pop, see if I can see if I can get him to be down with the team.” (MTV)
Last month, G.O.O.D. Music’s Kanye West remixed Keef’s “I Don’t Like” anthem.
After resurrecting his GOOD Fridays motif with “Mercy” last month, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. crew are at it again, this time remixing Chicago rapper Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like.” The track, which features Keef, West, Big Sean, Pusha T and Jadakiss, hit the Web on Tuesday night (May 1). Pusha T and Big Sean both go hard-ish over the militant beat, but this one belongs to West, who says of the media, “They wanna find me not breathing, like they found Mike!” NYC veteran Jadakiss makes for a welcome surprise, swapping out 2 Chainz, who appears alongside West, Sean and Pusha on “Mercy.” (Billboard)
Check out the “I Don’t Like” remix below: