Chicago teen gang rapper Chief Keef has dropped his first album since being dropped by his label. His $6 million deal with Interscope collapsed a few months ago, because Keef was “too gangster,” according to the LA Weekly. Nobody is his first LP as an indie artist.
We’ve been fans of Keef and crew for awhile now. His earlier sound–classic Chiraq Drill–was straight forward like punk music. He’s now messing with Auto-Tune and stranger, loopier production. In fact, the 19-year-old is producing a lot of his own stuff. The new album, on first listen, is menacing and uniquely ghetto–dare I say–gothic. It’s an even darker sound than the popping, yelling old Keef of “I Don’t Like” and “Love Sosa” era. Lyrically, he’s getting more verbose while still making a lot of nonsense.
The timing couldn’t be better for FRANK151. Their latest edition is a Chapter 59:FRANKSOSA, a collar with Keef. The release party is Saturday and detailed below. Keef moved west to Los Angeles earlier this year because Chicago was getting too hot: him and his team was dealing with endless arrests, murders, shootings.
The new record has features from Kanye West, Future and Tadoe. Listen here: