Chief Keef Details How Interscope Won A Bidding War To Sign Him
In an interview with ThisIs50.com, Chief Keef explains how he landed at Interscope and how 50 Cent and G-Unit influenced him.
Chief Keef currently has the number 50 song on Billboard magazine’s R&B/Hip Hop chart with “I Don’t Like.” In addition to a spike in radio play and an unofficial G.O.O.D. Music remix of the song he saw an intense bidding war for his services begin as his track and video went viral. How did Interscope ultimately win when Cash Money, Grand Hustle and Young Jeezy’s CTE imprint were all rumored to be vying for Keef’s services?
“I was talking with Larry Jackson…first he came to my old house in Michigan,” Chief Keef explained during an interview with ThisIs50. “Then he came to my new house, so I talked to him both times. We had agreed to make it happen, but other labels were coming too though.”
And while Chief Keef previously explained how important it was to be on the same label as Eminem, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre, he talked further about 50’s influence.
“I ain’t met 50 Cent yet, but I used to listen to him all the time,” Keef added. “G-Unit…Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, what? I ain’t gonna lie, I lost my mama’s G-Unit CD and I ain’t even wanna go back in the house. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even lose it. I cracked her [Beg For Mercy] CD, and I did not wanna go back in the house and tell her that.”
If reports of Keef getting a publishing deal under Dr. Dre are true, he may be able to change the fact that he hasn’t met 50 Cent. The latter’s final obligation to Interscope will be released under the Aftermath/Shady imprint. The full ThisIs50 interview, which also includes a freestyle and Chief Keef rehashing the minor rift between Young Chop and G.O.O.D. Music can be found below.