During an interview with Atlanta radio station V-103, rapper 50 Cent came to the defense of rising rap talent Chief Keef, who is under investigation for the murder of a fellow Chicago rapper.
“I like the idea of Chief Keef,” 50 Cent told V-103. “The same way I like the idea of Soulja Boy because I like the idea of someone having a hit at 16. Keef’s actually my son’s age. Because without the amount of success I had, my son could have potentially been Chief Keef. That’s what Hip-Hop culture is, it allows people come from completely nothing to make it.”
50 Cent believes Chicago emcee Lupe Fiasco was wrong for his remarks about Chief Keef. The rapper, born Curtis Jackson, believed Lupe should have critiqued the culture, not the Chicago emcee.
“The thing Lupe said about Chief Keef, I don’t think he should say that about him,” 50 cent said. “I think he should say it about the actual element, the environment. There’s no way you don’t personalize it when a person is saying ‘you.’ So when he responds by saying he’s going to smack him, cuz you keep attacking me and I’m sitting here and what am I supposed to do from his perspective.”
50 Cent believes a full investigation needs to be completed before everyone pinpoints the murder of Lil JoJo, born Joseph Coleman, on Chief Keef.
“Chicago had 158 homicides this summer. 38 of them was teens,” 50 cent said. “So when they actually gotta go through an investigation to make sure that that’s actually someone affiliated with Chief Keef. You just can’t put that on him cuz the boy made a diss song and he’s out there and he’s active. And you saw all those guns that them boys had in that video. It’s a part of their actual culture within Chicago. Their gang culture has been there forever.”
“If there’s an arrest made because they have done something and it got something to do with that, but other than that, if the kid is active and showing you guns like that how do you put that on him,” 50 Cent said. “It’s not right to assume that.”
50 Cent went on to explain the culture of “beefing” in Hip-Hop saying it began with Tupac and Biggie.
“In Hip-Hop, the reason they started using the term beef is because that came after Biggie and Tupac,” he said. “Then it actually spilled out into the street. But that has always been a part of the culture, so you are always going to have artists challenge each other. Without doing that, we wouldn’t know how great the emcees were. If we can take two weeks to write each song and not have any pressure of having to compete with other artists that are out there I don’t know how the culture would be thriving as it was at some points.”
Englewood resident Lil JoJo was murdered in a hail of gunfire Tuesday night hours following a dispute with a member of Keef’s camp. Coleman allegedly had an ongoing dispute with Chief Keef’s entourage and members of the Black Disciple street gang.
Chief Keefallegedly laughed at news of Coleman’s death on his Twitter account.
“Its Sad Cuz Dat N***a Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO,” he wrote.
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