You’re nobody till somebody kills you, the Notorious B.I.G. famously rapped. But nowadays, with hip hop beef (thankfully) moving from the streets to the tweets, a more accurate adage would be: You’re nobody till somebody disses you. And on that measure, Young Chop is certainly somebody.
The young beatmaker produced fellow Chicago native Chief Keef’s viral sensation “I Don’t Like,” but he’s been making even more headlines of late after he boldly criticized Kanye West for remixing the song. Chop said things had been smoothed over with Yeezy soon after, but then, last week, G.O.O.D. Music signee Pusha T, who rhymes on the remix, released “Exodus 23:1,” which appears to take shots at Chop (as well as Drake and Lil Wayne). In an exclusive sit-down with BET.com, Young Chop responded to the new diss and spoke about the upcoming projects his newfound notoriety has led to.
On “Exodus,” Pusha had folks hitting the rewind button when he rapped, "You can keep your beats, n----a / We'd much rather share your bitch, n----a, bitch n----a." Young Chop, for one, has no doubt the line is directed at him.
“My brother woke me up, and he was like, man, Pusha-T dissed you,” Chop says of the first time he heard the song. “I looked it up, and I was like, Damn, this is crazy. I took it as a shot.”
Still, despite some angry-seeming tweets and interviews right after the song leaked, Chop doesn’t seem to be taking it too personally anymore — not only does he like the song, but he says he’d be down to collaborate with G.O.O.D. Music in the future.
“It came out the blue but I like the song,” Chop says. “I’ll still work with them. It ain’t no hard feelings. They just need to stop all the sneak dissing.”
Despite this potential olive branch, Chop insists he’s done trying to smooth things over with them — he’s focusing on building his newfound buzz instead. “I feel like it’s no more talking to them like that,” he says. “I don’t even take to controversy — I just keep working. We got the 77th slot on the Billboard 100 with ‘I Don’t Like,’ so I feel good. That’s my first Billboard appearance.”
To that end, Chop has a slate of new projects lined up. “You know I’m working, man,” he says. “I got the new Gucci [Mane song] ‘Super Cocky.’ Twista reached out too. I’m working on Lil Reece’s Trying to Make Cash mixtape — it’s almost wrapped up. I’m working with King Louie — he just recently got signed to Sony/Epic.”
Chop even has long-term plans to start his own label. “I think I could put a label together,” he says. “I could build an artist like what I did for Keef — how I built him up to this point.”
Considering the noise he’s making, we don’t doubt him. Pay attention, music industry — Pusha T certainly is.
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