Today In Hip-Hop: Chief Keef Turns 18

On this day, August 15, in hip-hop history…

Chief Keef

Hip-hop’s underaged newsmaker, Chief Keef, has finally come of age, today. Chicago’s own Chief Keef turned 18, today!

For a rapper whose career is barely a year old, Chief Keef has accomplished a lot in the last and has become one of hip-hop’s most visible personalities. Chief Keef released his debut album, Finally Rich, last December to mostly positive reviews if lukewarm sales. Meanwhile, he’s worked with a gaggle of hip-hop’s elite including Kanye West, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy.

Keef has also been a lightning rod of controversy, not only for the nihilistic bent of his music but his frequent troubles with the law. He’s often been unfortunately labeled as “the poster boy” for the rising murder rate in Chicago as his music and attitude makes him an easy target for social critics.

Despite the controversy, Keef has still managed to make himself one of the hottest rappers in the game, garnering an organic fan base of loyal fans and dropping breakout singles like “Love Sosa” and “I Don’t Like” which was eventually remixed by Kanye West for his Cruel Summer compilation last year.

Happy Birthday, Chief Keef!