Patrick Bateman: Do you like Chief Keef?
Paul Allen: He’s OK.
Patrick Bateman: His early work was a little too uncharismatic for my tastes, but when Finally Rich came out in ‘12, I think he really came into his own, commercially and artistically. The whole album offers infectious odes to nihilism and tirades against haters that are as simple-minded and catchy as they are brutal. Musically, however, the album shimmers with power, which makes the dozen songs feel even more dangerous. He’s been compared to the menacing inner-city narratives of Jeezy, Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane, but I think Keef has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
Paul Allen: Hey Halberstram.
Patrick Bateman: Yes, Allen?
Paul Allen: Why are there copies of XXL and Complex all over the place, d-do you have a dog? A little chow or something?
Patrick Bateman: No, Allen.
Paul Allen: Is that a rain coat?
Patrick Bateman: Yes it is! In ‘14, Keef released this, Bang Part 3, his most accomplished mixtape. I think his undisputed masterpiece is “War”, a song so catchy, most people probably don’t listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it’s not just about the pleasures of conflict, and the importance of dominance, it’s also a personal statement about Chief Keef himself.
Patrick Bateman: Hey Paul!
Patrick Bateman: TRY GETTING A RESERVATION AT DORSIA NOW, YOU FUCKING STUPID BASTARD! YOU, FUCKING BASTARD!
A very informative and worthwhile read.
Into the Fray | Marc Streitenfeld | The Grey