Pitchfork pulls Chief Keef ‘Selector’ episode, releases statement | Music News

Pitchfork magazine has decided to remove the episode of its popular “Selector” freestyle series featuring Chicago rapper Chief Keef and set in a gun range, citing the city’s terrifying levels of gun violence and the ongoing investigation surrounding the murder of Lil’ JoJo, a fellow Chicago rapper with whom Keef had recent quarrels.

In a statement posted on Pitchfork.com, Editor-In-Chief Mark Richardson called the episode “insensitive and irresponsible.”

“Pitchfork’s roots are in Chicago and many of our employees and several contributors live in the city. The horror of the gun violence that has plagued our hometown is something we all take very seriously,” he wrote. “Many people have pointed out that this episode could be seen as trivializing gun violence, and we feel they have a good point.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that police are currently investigating whether Keef had any involvement in the slaying of 18-year-old Lil’ JoJo, born Joseph Coleman. The inquiry was sparked by antagonizing tweets sent from Keef’s account just hours after the murder.

Richardson says this most recent development was the final factor in Pitchfork’s decision.

“Given recent news regarding the shooting of Chicago rapper Lil’ Jojo and the investigation of people involved in Chicago’s rap scene, this seems like the right time to express our regrets regarding that episode. We apologize for this mistake and have removed the video from our archives.”