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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  • Anonymous

    Kollege kidd this article is dumb af, firstly although he may have autism introversion and withdrawal is a sign of trauma and being from the projects and witnessing murder i don’t doubt he has ptsd, secondly aspergers is NOT an intellectual disability or learning disability at all, there are many gifted people who have it. it doesn’t affect cognitive development or cause language delay at all, despite affecting communication and social skills. moderate autism level 2 and onward does.

    Just make sure to do your research before writing an article so laden with unmitigated hubris next time.

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