Is Chief Keef the First Autistic Rapper?

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Chicago emcee Chief Keef is blowing up the airwaves with his hit single “I Don’t Like.” Keef’s talents even caused a much-publicized bidding war amongst various record labels. The rapper, born Keith Cozart, eventually landed on Interscope Records.

But little do most Hip-Hop fans know, Keef suffers from a mental disorder known as Asperger’s syndrome.

Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that causes difficulty with social interaction. The mental disorder is characterized by a lack of nonverbal communication skills, limited empathy with peers and clumsiness. Individuals diagnosed with the disorder have much difficulty with linguistic and cognitive development.

This disorder makes it very difficult for Keef to articulate himself in interviews. The Englewood resident keeps his responses very short.

Despite the disorder, Keef has managed to become one of the hottest rappers currently out on the underground rap scene. Keef’s “Don’t Like” single reached number 20 on the U.S. R&B Billboard charts and 15 on the U.S. Rap charts.

The rapper may potentially face legal woes for a shooting of a fellow Chicago rapper. The Chicago Sun Times reported the rapper is being investigated for a possible connection in the shooting death of 18-year-old Joseph “Lil Jo Jo” Coleman.

Keef sent out an insensitive tweet following the murder of Coleman who was shot several times in the back.

“It’s Sad Cuz Dat N***a Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO,” he wrote.

Does Chief Keef have the potential to be the most famous rapper with autism? Sound off below.

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95 Responses to Is Chief Keef the First Autistic Rapper?

  1. Caleb says:

    I thought 90% of rappers were autistic :P

    • Anonymous says:

      no, rappers today have learning disabilities but ol school rappers like pac, big, pun, scarface, big l, slick rick, pharoach monch,mobb deep, just to name a few had substance. today’s rappers are a bunch of ignoramus’

      • Franky says:

        yea hip hop is full of retards with low IQs. nothing new here

        • bebe says:

          you are ignorant. you shouldn’t speak that way about any human being. at the end of the day, keef has more money and women than you can ever dream of so keep your negative comments to yourself #pow

          • mikey rokks says:

            Lol hop off keefs nuts doe. I liked your comment & was with you until you said kief got more money & woman… those are the only two things every n*gga dreams of havin.

          • bebe says:

            I never said those were the things that every n*gga dreams of having. This is something that most Americans dream of having. I’m saying that even with his condition, he is in fact living the American “Dream.” u mad?

        • Anonymous says:

          F*ck you mean most rapper need to think like Kendrick Lamar or meek mills even kanye west

        • Jeff says:

          Dude wtf this man doesn’t have a low iq bro most people with aspergers have even got a higher iq than most people and not only that tho as an example Lil Wayne has finished school at the highest level

          im not saying this because i like them or anything which i actually don’t really but you just need to learn a bit of respect dude

      • Anonymous says:

        You want to talk crap saying all these rappers have learning disabilities and stuff when you can’t even spell…. Or use a word correctly for that matter. You need a reality check! #Swerve

      • James says:

        Go commit suicide you sad [expletive]gor

    • pill says:

      stfu wit yo hatin ass

    • Anonymous says:

      You are a complete ignorant, arrogant, idiotic looser. You need to watch your mouth!!! I have a beautiful 4 year old boy that is on the Autism spectrum. There are different levels of it. They are smarter than the majority “typical” people. I am blessed, would never want to change anything about my child. What u or any other jerk eat, don’t make….. You know the rest!

    • Mo says:

      After reading all the negative comments, I can really see that common since in not so common anymore. You people that want to talk really have no lives, it’s the truth. If you must resort to putting down people for trying to make their life better then you have a lot of growing up to do even though you’re adults.

    • Fuck ur gran says:

      Stop being a [expletive]got go f*** ur dead gran

  2. johnny boy says:

    i always knew something was wrong with this n*gga

  3. atl born n raised says:

    what about 50 tyson lmao

  4. lala says:

    i thought something was off with him when he does interviews but he can’t help it. its a condition. he is still successful

  5. Chi Town's Wildest says:


  6. Kammi says:

    Ok, that explains it

  7. Diamondzzz says:

    Ooooh dem bois need 2 put a shirt on in that video. bird chests r not sexy #ijs

  8. michael patterson says:

    this guy is a danger. i see it

  9. Pratt says:

    this isn’t anything new. all rappers are freaking retarded. i can’t understand a damn word they are saying.

  10. Piper says:

    ol mental azz n*gga prolly collect ssi checks

  11. nino says:

    hahahahahahaha it makes alot of sense. that n*gga can’t talk for sh*t

  12. Jim Jones says:

    him n 50 tyson are cuzins lolololol

  13. nate m. says:

    all monkeys at autistic. no surpise here

  14. dabruhz says:

    hahahahahaha that explains it

  15. JK Growling says:

    Forget the haters. what does his disability have to do with his talent. even with autism, he is making more money than more than ha;f of you haters. he is laughing at you haters all the way to the bank

  16. Stanley says:

    ok so who is this kid?

  17. cedric says:

    doesn’t surprise me. record companies sign these dumb asses to corrupt the youth. not saying that his condition makes him a dumb ass, I’m just saying that it gives you an example of the people that get deals.

  18. Abbey says:

    most people with autism are natural born geniuses. This could be the reason why he is so gifted in his craft of music. It just goes to show that medical conditions or disabilities can’t stop you from achieving your goals

  19. Quan says:

    i guess that explains his sh*tty azz elementary lyrics

  20. disco guy says:

    hip hop is full of crack babies

  21. #300 Nigga says:

    My nicca still hardest nicca doin this sh*t rite now. All yall haters can eat a dicc on Folkz

  22. Shante says:

    Did he really kill that boy doe???

  23. Peachez says:

    Autism or not he still dope

  24. Anonymous says:

    That explains it..

  25. parker says:

    this n*gga used his social security checks to pay for his videos lmfao!!!!!!!

  26. messy boi wonder says:

    man*gga keef still go hard af on my granny

  27. Amy says:

    omg is that flavor flave

  28. Mike killa says:

    f***ing eh! XD

  29. d swag says:

    i knew something was off with this cat

  30. triple f life says:

    no surprise here but he still dope

  31. skate on ice says:

    chief don’t give a f*** what you haters gotta say cuz he laughing all the way to the bank

    • TJDOPPEBOYY says:


  32. georgette says:

    who cares. he’s still paid so pow

  33. elway says:

    chief be goin in

  34. big squad says:

    yea this n*gga be havin some of the worst interviews known to man

  35. kress cold says:

    Everyone has their flaws. Don’t judge him by his misfortune but his gift. he makes hot music. that’s all that matters

  36. Tiffany Donald says:

    There a lot of ignorant people on this thread. People need to grow up like right now

  37. Paul Wall Grill says:

    Breakfast Club crew did a great job with interview. Being the professionals they are, they handled it pretty well given his condition.

  38. Brittany says:

    Aww poor baby

  39. Mariah says:

    Goes to show that a mental disorder cannot limit anyone. he has a hit song out right now. sky is the limit

  40. Symone says:

    Wow, who would’ve known

  41. Tyra says:

    I think it makes perfect sense. I shall stop judging that boy now lol

  42. Clint says:

    I have a family member w/ autism so it is not really something laugh at. Chief Keef still sucks tho..

  43. Emily says:

    Chief Keef is awesome

  44. mikey rokks says:

    Aye, no jab at his autism condition, that’s nothin to make fun of; but lyrically speakin, his music ain’t got much substance. Won’t be talkin bout him 2013, bet.

  45. Doubt he’s autistic or has Asperger’s; he wouldn’t be able to fit in well with a gang for long as autistic folks don’t do the group thing very well, IIRC.

    Might have some anxiety issues dealing with reporters and having to watch what he says for a change of pace.

  46. Byron says:

    lil n*gga rich though, much respect

  47. amos says:

    so n*ggas still love sosa

  48. debra says:

    I don’t believe it. I mean he may sound like an idiot. but I don’t think it’s true

  49. Will says:

    makes sense o_O

  50. stfu stupid says:

    yah actin like this n*ggas mentally challenged or juss not functional at all. its called constructive criticism. he might be autistic but that doesn’t stop him from bein in a gang, smokin tree, poppin bottles, f***in b***hes, drivin foreign cars , & this n*gga even got a baby. that seems very functional tah me. ain’t nuffin wrong wit him. my cousin is autistic & he is tha funniest n*gga alive yah actin like autistic people really retarded. but no bullsh*t, chief beats bang but his libes is wack af & half yah n*ggas on his d**k & wanna be him. so tah some this upp, anybody can be famous.

  51. tired of this mess says:

    i dont like it,, he is yet another pawn being used to continue the onslaught of ignorance for our youth. Please consider there is knowledge within our community, there is power and intrisic genius in our community, but the more people that are put on the airwaves to say absolutely nothing, there is no benefit to the listeners.. what will they learn from this music,,, stuff that he does not like, except again the women are exploited and weed is smoked.. great song.. autistic or not..

  52. Anonymous says:

    he got the 18yr old killed the laughed about it on Twitter. That’s sick…I kinda hope he ends up getting locked up

  53. donny says:


  54. Patrick B says:

    Psych! this MF sucks ass

  55. Andrew W says:

    He’s never gona be the most famous rapper ever.
    he’s gona blow off like Waka Flocka and Co

  56. Dre says:

    Ya ma niga keef keep doing ya thing # 300

  57. Yep says:

    Represents the youth of america, so frightening yet so true.

  58. Jerry says:

    To be honest, I’m autistic and I do not want to be associated with this moron. Real hip hop is not on the radio, and Chief Keef makes garbage rap, if you can even call it that.

  59. Anonymous says:

    When I first heard chief keef first thing I wondered if he has aspergers no lie, not as insult I just knew because I have it myself. So I googled and what do u know. This kid has all the characteristics . he is in a diffetent world. Sadly asperger individuals have an above average intelligence because they give off obsessive focus and interest (look up any genius u may know) it is not a disability were just different but lack expression and communication but u can acquire it if u commit on self growth. I think this kid is just blinded and brainwashed by his ego nd the media also enslaved to express himself by anxiety and what others may think. He is still young but he’s going down s very dangerous road for someone with the syndrome and what he chooses to sorround himself because aspies are peaceful and visionaries by nature. Don’t judge the kid and don’t be ignorance towards aspergers do ur research and you’ll find many interesting stuff..

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  61. mikebob says:

    Leave keef alone dont speak about him like that so what hes got asbuger I respet him and i f*** with him all you n*ggas are jelluz of him coz hes got more money than u n*ggas wonna be like him

  62. 207mal says:

    N*ggas make jokes about broke n*ggas everyday then soon as its to one of y’all sh*tty rappers y’all think n*ggas hating because they got money smh lol get tf out of here with that #Ignorance at it’s best

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