Chief Keef crossed a major milestone earlier this month when he announced that he'd signed a deal with Interscope Records, but not all of the rapper's peers are breaking out the champagne. In a pointed essay published today on the blog Analog Girl In A Digital World, fellow Chicago emcee Rhymefest denounces Keef's music for promoting senseless violence and criticizes Interscope and radio stations for promoting him.
"Chief Keef is a 'Bomb'," the essay begins. "He represents the senseless savagery that white people see when the news speaks of Chicago violence. A Bomb has no responsibility or blame, it does what it was created to do; DESTROY! Notice, no one is talking about the real culprits, the Bomb maker or the pilot who is deploying this deadly force (Labels, Radio Stations). It’s easier to blame the bomb. Bombs are not chosen for their individual talents, they are tools used for collateral damage."
Fest goes on to condemn the 17-year-old rapper as a "spokesman for the prison industrial complex," a tag he similarly applies to Rick Ross and Waka Flocka Flame.
The veteran rapper and one-time mayoral candidate preemptively dismisses the counter-argument that Keef is setting himself up to have a better life and successful career.
"This could only be described as an opportunity for this young man if he was recieving artist development, responsible mentorship and counseling for his obvious trauma," he declares.
Instead of promoting Keef and his ilk, Rhymefest argues that more attention should be paid to artists who do good, such as Killer Mike, Lupe Fiasco, Brother Ali and himself.
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