by Maria Lloyd
Rap newcomer Chief Keef- who just inked a major deal with Interscope records- is taking the rap industry by storm with his hit titled “I Don’t Like”. Although he’s only sixteen, his lyrics essentially perpetuate the experiences of a life of crime. Chief Keef, a Chicago native, received overwhelming support from Kanye West, but Rhymefest is not too thrilled. Here’s what he had to say:
Chief Keef is a “Bomb”, 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). Its easier to blame the bomb. Bombs are not chosen for their individual talents, they are tools used for collateral damage.
To think of the persona of Chief Keef as a person would be the first mistake, he will more then likely come and go without us knowing much of anything about his personal pains, struggles, great loves and ambitions beyond rap. He is a spokesman for the Prison Industrial Complex. Every corporation is expected to grow at least 4% each quarter, many prisons are privately owned with stock being traded on the open market.
If these corporations were to do commercials, jingles and promotions who would they hire? You got it, most of the main stream rappers we salivate over like Rick Ross the former correctional officer turned Drug Lord Boss rapper. Waka Flocka Flame gang bang “GO HARD IN THE PAINT” and Chief Keef the newest lottery pick in the “Get paid to destroy young minds, like we destroyed yours” Sweepstakes.
There have been many a discussion, especially on YourBlackWorld.com, about the dangerous affects of rap lyrics and what they’re doing to young, black men. I agree with Rhymefest. I just wonder if he plans to lead a larger stand against the “bombs” the industry is creating. Rap and R&B are becoming less and less becoming to “respectable” African Americans. I wonder if the industries stand a chance of regaining their true essence and purpose that they served in the 80′s and 90′s. I guess only time will tell.