Chief Keef’s Influence On Rap Music


Keith Farrelle Cozart, known by his stage name Chief Keef is a famous rapper. He was born on August 15 1995 in south-side Chicago. He started rapping at the age of five, using his mothers karaoke machine to record his music. At the age of fifteen, he dropped out of Dyett High School. I 2011, Chief Keef started gaining local attention in Chicago streets. In 2012, Chief Keef introduced Chicago “Drill” music by dropping a song called, “I Don’t Like.” A few months later, Kanye West remixed the song with Pusha T, Jadakiss, and Big Sean.

The Chicago sound has spread around the world, mostly popular in places like the United Kingdom and New York. Keef has a distinct flow and pronunciation, and his style can be compared to today’s mumble rappers. He was first signed to Interscope, but he was dropped by the label due to his facing legal issues. Later, Gucci Mane’s 1017 label signed him. Rappers like Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Juice WRLD, Tay-K, Lil Pump, 21 Savage, Tekashi 6ix9ine, and even Kanye West have admitted the influence of Chief Keef on their music.