Lil B is a huge supporter of Glo Gang frontman Chief Keef. The “Wonton Soup” rapper regards Sosa as today’s Hip Hop game changer
“My young n*gga @ChiefKeef changed the game on yall – Lil B,” he wrote.
Sosa appreciated Lil B’s words, writing, “Hell yeah shhhhhh!”
Chief Keef is perhaps this generation’s most compelling artist in an era where Hip Hop is shifting to a more alternative sound. Outside of Hip Hop, he is a social phenomenon.
This O’Block kid inadvertently brought attention to urban South Side Chicago’s grave socioeconomic conditions where poverty and violence is everyday life.
Not to mention, he singlehandedly made “thot” the world’s new favorite word.
Many Americans were blinded to the Chief Keefs of the world. The Hip Hop industry chose to instead give fans safer images of Kanye West and Common as representatives of Chicago.
Sosa even knows he’s something special. In an IG post captioned “#BlackLegends,” he stands alongside prominent African Americans figures, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Barack Obama. The American flag, though faint, can also be seen in the photo’s background.
Chief Keef, born Keith Cozart, represents millions of American urban youths Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X gave their lives for.
And it is this image of Keef that shows that poverty, generational racism and a failed education system continues to leave many urban black children neglected in this country.
Though Chief Keef wasn’t born during the Civil Rights Era, there were millions of black and Latino children who were struggling to survive in America during that time period just as he is in the present.
Despite Chief Keef’s rap lyrics being nothing short of violent and profane, it is his truth, as well as thousands of teens just like him.
Chief Keef hails from the Parkway Gardens in the crime-ridden Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, an area heavily embedded with a strong gang presence.
The “I Don’t Like” rapper once acknowledged that many people don’t make it out of his community.
“…I Come From Oblock A Hood Mfs Barely Make It out Of,” he wrote.
Chicago, dubbed “ChIraq” by residents for its high rate of violence, has long been plagued by a disproportionately high homicide rate.
Chicago, according to statistics, has a higher homicide rate than Kabul, Afghanistan.
In 2012 alone, the city recorded 506 murders. There were 421 homicides recorded in 2013.
In Chicago, the homicide rate is disproportionately higher amongst its minority residents. There have been 2,045 homicides since Jan. 1, 2007 amongst the African American demographic, according to Red Eye Chicago.
Chicago has long recorded devastating numbers over the past two decades.
Chicago recorded its highest peak of homicides in 1992 with 943 murders, according to statistics compiled by the Chicago Police Department.
Since 1991, there have been close to 15,000 murders in Chicago to date.
Peeda Pan, manager of Glo Gang, broke down the reason behind Sosa’s growing popularity in episode one of Noisey’s “Chiraq” documentary.
“The reason why this has become so big is because it came at a time when the music game needed something organic,” he continued. “I think that when people were seeing those videos, they can see the authenticity behind the s**t. This is the real deal it’s nothing fabricated about this. Especially for Keef at the time, being 15 years old and you’re looking at the videos and you’re seeing all kinds of n****s with guns and weed smoking and the s**t was just like ‘damn.’ Especially for people who have nothing to do with that kind of lifestyle. That really took a lot of people by…they just fed into it.”
Pan said there’s no telling what Sosa’s fate would’ve been if he had not been signed, citing the O’Block native’s rough upbringing.
“A neighborhood where Keef’s from Washington Park, that whole area, is rough. What you’re seeing, what you’re witnessing, you’re seeing someone trying to break out of a cage,” he explained. “You have to best… there’s nothing else when you’re coming from a situation like that other than I’ma sell drugs, I’ma get big in the dope game.
“There’s a lot of going on here. It’s only happening here. I think you can only get a Chief Keef from Chicago.”
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