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More Sh!t Chief Keef Don't Like

In a career that began with a YouTube video corralling millions of views, young Chicago rapper Chief Keef has recently skyrocketed to fame.

In a matter of months, Chief Keef's most popular song, "Don't Like" was remixed by Kanye West, while he was on house arrest for a gun charge. Chief Keef has also been signed to a major record deal, and investigated for the murder of a rival rapper - all to the backdrop of increasing gun violence in Chicago and heightened media controversy.

Yet, as poet-educator Kevin Coval writes, "Every institution in Chicago fails Black youth. Segregated and systematically inequitable, Chicago is a town where white kids exist in an increasingly idyllic new urban utopia, and Black and Latino kids weave and dodge through a war zone.

"The largest specter in the spectacle and circus that surrounds the city, Chief Keef has become its poster boy and scapegoat. He is a young man who looks and sounds like thousands of young people in Chicago - reared in a culture of nihilism, death, and capitalism.

"He is a young man who sings the demented measures and results of white supremacy, the legacy and maintenance of grand inequity. Chief Keef sings a tortured and tormented Chicago song. It is a song we need to listen to carefully."


Def Poet Kevin Coval, Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, Dissects the Controversy Surrounding Rapper Chief Keef in More Sh!t Chief Keef Don't Like: A Meditation on Youth, Violence, and the Legacy of Racism in Chicago.

Release Party on Friday, Oct. 19th, at 7 pm, Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Fl.


Read excerpts "Hipster Blogs Wave Their True Colors" and "Why Chief Keef Don't Like Fake Gucci."

Listen to free audio download of "Chicago (Keef)" produced by Saba of Pivot.


Kevin Coval is the author of numerous poetry collections and chapbooks, including the American Library Association Book-of-the-Year finalist Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica and most recently, L-vis Lives! Racemusic Poems, described as a "stunning, and very personal, piece of literary work that should be required reading in every high school in America" by Impose magazine.

In his early twenties, Coval founded Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, now one of the largest youth gatherings on the planet, recently the subject of an award-winning documentary of the same name. Coval currently serves as Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, the non-profit home of Louder Than a Bomb, and numerous other youth writing and hip hop programs.

He is a native of Chicago and teaches at the School of the Art Institute and is a frequent contributor to WBEZ: Chicago Public Radio. His next work is Schtick: Jewish Assimilation and Its Discontents, forthcoming from Haymarket Books in April 2013.


See also:
* Rhymefest vs. Chief Keef
* Lupe Fiasco: Chief Keef Scares Me


Comments welcome.


Posted on October 15, 2012

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