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Chief Keef Changed The Music Industry - And It's Time He Gets The Credit He Deserves

By Jabari Evans/The Conversation

Before he was arrested in December 2011, Chief Keef was a 16-year-old budding rap star. He'd released a song, "Bang," which had more than 400,000 views on YouTube, along with a mixtape that he'd recorded in a friend's bedroom. He also had a dedicated Twitter following among Chicago high school students.

The track displayed a rawness unlike anything else that was released at the time, and you couldn't stroll down the streets of Chicago's South Side without hearing "Bang's" lyrics pulsing from the stereos of cars rolling by:

Choppers gettin' let off
Now, they don't want no war
30 clips and them .45's, gotta go back to the sto'
And that Kush gettin' smoked, gotta go back to the sto'
Cock back 'cause there's trouble, my mans gon' blow

Yet he was almost completely unknown outside of Chicago. His Facebook profile had less than 2,000 followers, he claimed his occupation was "smokin' dope" and he still lived with his grandmother.

Continue reading "Chief Keef Changed The Music Industry - And It's Time He Gets The Credit He Deserves" »
Posted on December 11, 2021
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Alt-Country Corner

A Musical Soul Food Library

By Don Jacobson
Boinng! My music dork-o-meter just buried the needle!
Continue reading "A Musical Soul Food Library" »
Posted on March 1, 2010
Chicago In Song

Chicago In Song: Hobo Hub

By Don Jacobson
If you go by popular song lyrics, there is no one in Chicago who is not a drunken, miserable wreck.
Continue reading "Chicago In Song: Hobo Hub" »
Posted on February 1, 2010
Rocklist

Tunes To Remedy Any Existential Crisis

By E.K. Mam
Have a pity party, then get ahold of yourself.
Continue reading "Tunes To Remedy Any Existential Crisis" »
Posted on June 24, 2020
Bin Dive

Dave Dudley: Lonelyville

By Don Jacobson
Where the Nashville Sound met a broken heart and Tom T. Hall.
Continue reading "Dave Dudley: Lonelyville" »
Posted on January 20, 2010

Chief Keef Changed The Music Industry - And It's Time He Gets The Credit He Deserves

By Jabari Evans/The Conversation
Drill music was more than shock value or a new spin on gangsta rap. The scene planted the seeds for hip-hop's ascendancy in music's digital economy.

Posted on December 11, 2021

Britney Spears' Conservatorship Mirrors Reality For Millions With Disabilities

By Emina Cerimovic/Human Rights Watch
An estimated millions of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities are deprived of legal capacity and placed under some form of guardianship.

Posted on November 20, 2021

Justin Bieber Should Speak Out

By Arwa Yousssef/Human Rights Watch
Scheduled for Saudi sportswashing gig.

Posted on November 17, 2021

Madonna vs. Moderna

Compare and Contrast
Like a prayer; better than prayer.

Posted on October 23, 2021

16 Million Americans Learned To Play Guitar In The Last Two Years

By Fender Musical Instruments
Who are they?

Posted on October 11, 2021

Can Making Music Remake The Mind?

By Chris Berdik/The Hechinger Report
NU prof: "Music is the jackpot."

Posted on September 13, 2021

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