It's hard to believe it's been less than a year since 17-year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef released the inescapable breakthrough "I Don't Like," arguably the hip hop hit of the year. Thanks to remixes by just about every MC with a pulse and one Keef-related controversy after another, the teenage rapper's national profile far exceeds any other rapper under 18 (except, perhaps, for that little girl who rapped "Super Bass" on Ellen). In a nine-month period, Keef scored a major label deal, earned his own line of Beats by Dre headphones and nearly caused Lupe Fiasco to retire. Must be that Midwest work ethic.
Now, the hip hop protégé can add another feather to his dreads: A debut LP boasting a slew of top-shelf guest spots. Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, Rick Ross and Young Jeezy all appear on Finally Rich, which is slated to drop December 18 (Just in time to buy mom a copy for Christmas!) Best of all, Wiz and Fif both appear on the same track, tantalizingly titled "Hate Bein' Sober." We can now add "sobriety" to the growing list of "sh-t he don't like".
So as long as Keef doesn't end up back behind bars for that gun range interview (his court date is still coming up), the rest of 2012 is looking damn good for this South Side kid.