Tag Archives: Chief Keef

YOU AIN’T GRINDIN’ TILL YOU TIRED

There are a lot of things to love about Starlito’s newest tape (like the realest relationship-rap song in recent memory), but one reference in particular caught my attention on first listen.

Starlio – I Get Tired

The Game – My Life (feat. Lil’ Wayne)

When “My Life” came out it quickly became my go-to Exhibit A for defending auto-tune to all those mid ’00s haters who still took their rap cues from Jay-Z and hungrily grasped at any opportunity to dismiss an innovation or new direction in rap.  I liked T-Pain a lot too but that was a hopeless position to take toward anyone who I’d be having this debate with, but Wayne’s auto-tune use was harder to dismiss, especially on such an emotionally deep and vulnerable song.  Cher (or, more accurately, one of Cher’s producers) introduced it to the world, T-Pain built an entire style on it and made it a household name, but I think Wayne deserves a lot of credit for paving the way for a less-gimmicky and more expressive use of the infamous Auto-Tune.  It’s his work that set the stage for Future, Chief Keef, and Young Thug to make some of the most interesting emotionally powerful music of the past decade, and I think “My Life” is a prime and often overlooked example of this.  This reaches beyond rap too, if Wayne hadn’t taken Auto-Tune’s use as an expressive tool to the next level and it had simply out of fashion when T-Pain did, would Bon Iver have made “Woods“?  Doubtful.

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HIGHER THAN JACK AND THE BEAN

This track gets into some seriously weird “Bazaar Model” territory before Tyga buzzkills the whole vibe with his conventionality.

Chief Keef – Now & Later (feat. Tyga)

Lil’ B – Bazaar Model

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WAIT

Chief Keef – Wait

Chief Keef – Wait

Chief Keef – Wait

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THE FIELD

 The Field – Violence, Hip Hop, & Hope for Chicago

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LUH MA SQUA

Rap pronunciation is getting pushed to the limit.

Chief Keef – They Know

Metro Zu – Dey Shunnin’

Future – My

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I HEARD YOU LIKE BELTS

Remember when I found that Nas/Tyler the Creator interview and I was all crazy about famous people interviewing each other instead of being interviewed by journalist-types?  Well this is that idea but implemented in the most poorly thought out direction possible.  It is still VERY much worth watching though, I feel like it’s a pretty great microcosmic representation of just how diverse rap music is.  If you don’t know who these dudes are, you might wanna listen to a song from each of them before getting into the interview, because it really highlights the absurdity of putting these two dudes together in a forced conversation.

Childish Gambino – Heartbeat

Chief Keef – I Don’t Like

Ok, you ready for this?

Chief Keef x Childish Gambino – Back & Forth

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TRYNA HIT THE NEXT PLATEAU

Somehow Chicago went from the city that has the fastest rappers with the fewest pauses possible to being the city with the slowest rappers with the most pauses possible.

1991 – 1998:

Tung Twista – Hokus Pokus

Crucial Conflict – Showdown

Do or Die – Just Ballin’

2012:

Yale Lucciani – Hit Da Block

Chief Keef – 3Hunna

Lil’ Reese – Us

Let’s see, this DRIVE SLOW blog started in 2011… coincidence….?  I see you, Chicago.

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