Whether it’s Chief Keef’s feud with Lupe Fiasco or the recent death of Chicago rapper Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman and the Tweets from Keef that followed, the Chicago rapper hasn’t been placed in the greatest of lights lately. But a fellow rapper recently came to the Chicago teen’s defense during an interview this week with V103’s Ryan Cameron.
50 Cent’s commentary on Keef began with the rapper commending the “I Don’t Like” star for reaching mainstream success at such a young age and being able to do it from scratch.
“I like the idea of Chief Keef,” 50 Cent revealed. “The same way I like the idea of Soulja Boy cause I like the idea of someone having a hit at sixteen. He’s actually my son’s age. So without the success that I’ve had, my son could have potentially been Chief Keef…When I look at their situations and I go, ‘Wow, that’s what Hip-Hop culture [does] it allows people to come from completely nothing to make it.’”
Later in the interview, 50 Cent addressed the ongoing debacle between Keef and fellow rapper Lupe Fiasco. While Fifty did state that he believed Lupe was referring to a culture and not specifically Keef, he didn’t blame the rapper for reacting the way in which he did.
“The things that Lupe said about Chief Keef I don’t think he said that about him. I think he said it about the actual element, the environment,” said Fifty in a video posted on RapRadar.com. “There’s no way that you don’t personalize it when a person is saying you, talking about you. So when he responded by saying he’s gonna smack him or whatever it’s just cause you keep attacking me. And I’m sitting here, you attacking me, and what am I supposed to do?”
Lastly, the Queens rapper commented on the recent death of Lil JoJo and explained that in a city with so much violence it would take much more than a few diss songs to link Chief Keef or anyone in his crew to the death of the 18-year-old rapper.
“Chicago had 158 homicides this summer, 38 of them was teens,” the rapper explained. “So when they gotta go through an investigation to make sure that that’s actually someone affiliated with Chief Keef. You can’t just put that on ‘em because the boy made a diss song and he out there. If he’s out there and he’s active and you saw all those guns the boys had in that video. It shows that it’s an actual part of their culture.”