Chicago rapper Chief Keef is officially back and it seems the Glo Gang gangsta rapper sounds much more focused on his third studio album, The Dedication, available now from RBC Records.
Keef’s career started off huge, with his chart-topping debut album, Finally Rich, and in the years that followed he had continued successes with mixtapes, collaborations, and guest appearances. By the time his sophomore album, Bang 3, came out in 2015, he was already having a pretty good run having worked with Kanye West, Swae Lee, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman and Lil Durk. But for some reason, in 2016, he took a brief hiatus before making a guest appearance on Machine Gun Kelly’s “Young Man,” and earlier this year he appeared on “17 with a 38” by Maryland rapper IDK.
His latest studio album is a very introspective take that sets the pace for drill rap in the midwest. The album opens with “Ticket” a trap-heavy track all about violence and money, spending money on drugs, strip clubs, fancy cars, and designer clothes. “Keke Palmer,” named after the actress/musician of the same name, is all about sex. It’s also a callback to online rumors about her involvement in a relationship with one of Keef’s cohorts.
The lead single, “Mailbox” was first released back in September and is a subtle trap banger about moving drugs and all the shit that comes with it. Naturally… it’s followed by the track “Cook,” a song literally all about smoking dope, a crime that he was convicted of at the age of 15. But, the drug culture is clearly an issue all over the country, not just the southside of Chicago, because it is so cheap and available.
Glory Boyz Entertainment (GBE) rapper Tadoe jumps in on the trap anthem “Bad” a gangster rap anthem all about how they roll in Chiraq. Keef sort of “mansplains” to listeners how “pack” refers to “pot” and how he doesn’t like throwing around his number to every woman he’s slept with.
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie jumps on the track “Glory Bridge,” an obvious name for the collaboration track, combining the Glory Boyz label with the Highbridge rapper, which really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense considering the song is really more about fellation and wearing fresh kicks than where either come from. Regardless the song is a surprisingly trap heavy beat from HBTL producer, Ness.
But a few of the songs are just really clever, like “Less Speed,” which is all about putting on the breaks when things seem to be moving too fast, “Told Ya” which is basically just two-and-a-half minutes of gloating, and the mumble rap collaboration “Come On Now” featuring Lil Yachty.
Overall the album is just as gritty and real as we expected with the Chiraq drill rapper.
RATING: 3.5 / 5
STREAM: CHIEF KEEF – ‘DEDICATION’