Rhymefest calls Chief Keef, other rappers ‘tools’ being used to destroy; urges support for artists promoting the ‘good’ | Music News

While many in the rap universe including fans, labels and fellow artists were being swept up by hurricane Chief Keef, not everyone watching saw a star in the making. As a guest blogger on educator Donnie Smith’s Analog Girl In a Digital World blog, MC and Keef’s fellow Chicagoan Rhymefest said the 17-year-old MC is simply a tool in a much larger and very destructive system.

“Chief Keef is a ‘Bomb,’ he represents the senseless savagery that white people see when the news speaks of Chicago violence,” ‘Fest writes, referring to the saddening and shockingly high levels of gun violence in his hometown. “A Bomb has no responsibility or blame, it does what it was created to do; DESTROY!”

“Bombs are not chosen for their individual talents, they are tools used for collateral damage,” he goes on to say.

‘Fest writes that Keef and other mainstream stars like Rick Ross and Waka Flocka Flame are simply being used to further decay the minds of young black men and suggests that rappers of this ilk are promotional tools for America’s Prison Industrial Complex.

“Many prisons are privately owned with stock being traded on the open market. If these corporations were to do commercials, jingles and promotions who would they hire? You got it, most of the mainstream rappers we salivate over,” he says.

But it’s not about Keef, Ross or Waka — the “Bombs” — ‘Fest says; it’s about those in control of the bombs who really couldn’t care less about them.

“Notice, no one is talking about the real culprits, the Bomb maker or the pilot who is deploying this deadly force (Labels, Radio Stations). Its easier to blame the bomb,” he writes. “Major Record labels always put million dollar life insurance policies on artists of this nature so that they get paid one way or the other. My suggestion to the rest of us who would love to see the mushroom cloud from this explosion, BE CAUTIOUS! The affects from this type of Bomb can last for centuries. Let’s stop giving our intellectual power resources and admiration to destructive forces while ignoring and starving out the good that is being done, sung and rapped about.”

In the hours since his blog was posted, ‘Fest has been fielding a series of questions on Twitter and retweeting several reactions to his opinion. One thing he repeatedly makes clear is that his blog was not meant to be a diss to Chief Keef:

Rapper Saigon, who found himself at the center of a bit of controversy recently after comments he made during an interview with Hip-Hop site SOHH, voiced his support for ‘Fest’s opinion:

Rhymefest, nee Che Smith, is an MC, activist and former Aldermanic candidate in Chicago’s 20th Ward. In 2005, he won a Best Rap Song Grammy for co-writing Kanye West‘s hit single “Jesus Walks.”

Read his blog in full here.

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