Pros: Already a star in Chicago, Keef’s embraced by the streets, the kids and the critics—at only 16.
Cons: Can he stay out of jail?
Essential Listening: Bang!
Relatively unknown outside of high schools and pockets of the Southside, Chief Keef didn't catch the media's attention until a video of an adolescent boy losing his mind as he celebrated Keef's release from jail landed on WorldstarHipHop in January. At that moment the world was introduced to a 16-year-old who was already considered a star in his neighborhood—and we were late.
Keef's viral hit "Bang" was already an anthem for teens across the city (with 400K YouTube views), but once the blogosphere caught wind, the clip shot to over 750,000 views. Shortly thereafter Lil B jumped on the remix, and Soulja Boy contributed a verse to another of Keef's hits, "3Hunna."
With alleged interest from Bad Boy, Def Jam and a host of other labels, it's been rumored that Keef has affiliated himself with Soulja Boy's SODMG click. Love him or hate him, Keef’s unapologetic gang and gun talk has made him the most polarizing figure in Chicago hip-hop.