5. Chief Keef Laughs at Lil Jojo's Death
Date: September 5
17-year-old Chief Keef has been the talk of 2012, not just for his catchy mumblings that pass as songs, but because he's shrouded himself in this cloak of invincibility, so scary because it's so true. Aside from the usual gang signs and gun-flashing, he Instagram'd a photo of himself getting head; he shirked the rules of his probation, firing off guns with the guys from Pitchfork; he made 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa wait for him at his video shoot, only to miss it altogether.
His current hit is called "Hate Being Sober," a shocking statement for someone so young and so over life. But it's not all heroics: in September of this year, 16-year-old Lil Jojo was gunned down, having traded words with Keef's friend and recording partner Lil Reese. Keef's response? "hahahahahhahahahahahahahaahhAAHAHAHAHA. #RichNiggaShit," then "Its Sad Cuz Dat Nigga Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO."
The dead boy's mother has openly claimed that Chief Keef paid to have her son killed; Keef signed a hefty contract to Interscope Records earlier this year. (After his words prompted a massive backlash, Keef would later act as if his Twitter account was hacked, apologizing before sending out a flurry of positive-though-empty aphorisms.)
It's tough to moralize over a young kid who couldn't give less of a fuck about morals, but it makes one wonder about the future, his and ours. Lil Jojo's future, unfortunately, has already been decided.