What I Dislike: Chief Keef
It’s a shame what rap and hip-hop have become. It sounds easy to be yet another voice of a majority who dislike the state of rap but one long look at the industry and you’ll see why that is the case. Gone are the days of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the days of Biggie and Tupac, and more recently, the humble starts of Jay-Z and Nas. In place, listeners of rap must taste the tainted sounds produced from self-anointed artists who glorify violence and crime, what the aforementioned rappers were trying to get away from. Perhaps nobody does this as frequently or prevalently as Keith Cozart, otherwise known as Chief Keef.
Cozart, who grew up in a rough South-Chicago neighborhood, which is constantly engulfed in gang violence and commonly referred to as “Chiraq”, seemed to be just another advocator of gang-based rap music and after numerous arrests before the age of 18, he decided to become a rapper himself. After gaining success for his songs “I Don’t Like” and “Love Sosa” through videos of him partying in his house with his gang during his house arrest going viral, Cozart blew up everywhere. His songs took over the radio, the clubs, social media, and every artist in the rap industry wanted to collaborate with the then 17 year-old.
While this could have been a feel-good story of how an artist escaped rough beginnings through music, it panned out to be anything. Following more arrests and troubles with the law, Cozart simply decided to embrace the gangster image everyone had of him. And that’s what’s ruining a much loved genre of mine. When men decide that talking about drive-by’s and shooting up someone’s house and sniffing cocaine off a stripper’s ass is depicted as being real music, that’s when you know rap and society have lost the plot.
Cozart does nothing to improve the image of rap and while its not personally his fault that it has gotten this way, he is one of the faces of the problem. Now, there’s no problem with showing off wealth and enjoying it like the way Jay-Z or P Diddy do, but there is a problem when you show $50,000 in cash stacked next to numerous automatic weapons that look like they are befitting for a small militia. And in an already violent Chiraq, what good is Cozart doing for his community? For the youth? All he does is personally poison his own community, then make rap songs with a distorted bass glorifying that poison he spreads, and then makes profits and fans off of it.
Bottom line: Rap music is f****** when artists like Chief Keef run it.
I Don’t Like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g5ZF6DUrHI
Love Sosa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWyHZNBz6FE