After gaining some local fans in Chicago in late 2011, Chief Keef's buzz went viral this year thanks to some videos and his March mixtape, Back From The Dead. Included on that mixtape was the record "I Don't Like," featuring Lil Reese, whose official video has nearly 11.5 million views after five months. It currently sits at No. 31 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

What really helped Keef's name spread past the Chi and into the hip-hop and mainstream masses, it seems, though, was when Kanye West, along with Pusha T, Big Sean and Jadakiss, remixed the dread-locked rapper's energetic breakout in May. The unofficial upload for the "I Don't Like (Remix)" has surpassed its original in views on YouTube, sitting at nearly 12.5 million in three and a half months.

Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)