By Carter Maness
With his much-anticipated Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 set to drop September 25, Lupe Fiasco was asked to comment on the rise of fellow Chicago rapper Chief Keef. Lupe, not holding back, said he was scared of the culture that Keef represents.
Citing Chicago’s exploding murder rate in 2012, Fiasco connects rappers like Keef to the destructive gang culture that has turned city’s impoverished neighborhoods into war zones. “Chief Keef scares me,” he said in an interview with Baltimore’s 92Q. “Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents…The murder rate in Chicago is skyrocketing and you see who’s doing it and perpetrating it, they all look like Chief Keef.”
While Keef’s biggest hit “I Don’t Like” received a huge co-sign earlier this year when Chi native Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music crew unleashed a vicious remix. Fiasco isn’t on board whatsoever. To Lupe, he doesn’t want his extended family and people that he loves to be influenced by gang culture nor come into its crossfire by accident. “‘When it comes to the point that, you know, that kids who are doing the killings, and they’re kids 13 to 19-years-old, and you can replicate that in New Orleans, you can replicate that in Oakland. All the kids look the same,” Fiasco said.
Essentially, Lupe feels rappers like Keef are bad role models. “When you’re at high schools speaking to students, telling ‘em how to survive the summer and you turn on the radio and you hear that? You like, ‘Aw nah,’” he concluded.