Lord Jamar speaks on violence in Chicago, says "we need more voices to counteract the Chief Keefs of the world."
With Chicago rapper Chief Keef’s lengthy list of arrests this year, fellow artist Lord Jamar was asked to give his thoughts on the teen emcee and his troubles with the law during a recent interview with Vlad TV. After being questioned about Keef, Jamar revealed that he wasn’t terribly familiar with the rapper outside of his record “Don’t Like” and his various arrests.
Despite his lack of familiarity with Keef, the Brand Nubian emcee did offer a few words of advice for the Windy City rapper.
“I just seen his name is in the headlines a lot,” said Jamar. “You know what I mean? Like I’m always seeing some sort of Chief Keef—like on WorldStar and on your joint. I’m always seeing ‘Chief Keef got arrested for this’ or ‘Chief Keef, Chief Keef.’ It’s always ‘Chief Keef, child support. Chief Keef.’ It’s always like some negative shit that I’m seeing with the brother. I know he had the one song that I know about. ‘That’s that shit I don’t like.’ Yeah, I was fuckin with that…But I don’t really know enough about him as an artist and all that to really speak on him. I would just say ‘You young and all that. You have an opportunity to make some money for yourself and try to better your family and all that. Why fuck it up by just wildin’ out?’”
Lord Jamar also shared his thoughts on the ongoing violence in Chicago and brought attention to the fact that bouts of violence have been present in other cities as well. He went on to question why the people in Chicago who “counteract the Chief Keefs of the world” are rarely mentioned.
“All that shit that’s going on in Chicago like that’s crazy. But it’s going on not just in Chicago,” said the rapper. “You got mad shit going on in Newark, right here. You know what I mean? Like mad murders and shit like that. So, it’s like there has to be that contrast. You see what I’m saying? Like, if he represents that and all the wild shit that’s going on Chicago, well, I know damn well it’s youth out there that’s trying to counteract what’s going on in Chicago. We’re not hearing people like that…You got plenty of grassroots people out in Chicago. Chicago is a place that a lot of revolutionaries came from. You dig what I’m saying? But these people are not being heard right now. You know what I mean? And so, we need more voices to counteract the Chief Keefs of the world. Because they just crying out for help.”
Over the past few months, Lord Jamar has garnered attention over comments he made about Macklemore, Yelawolf, and white rappers in general. In a past interview with Vlad TV, he referred to white rappers as “guests in the house of Hip Hop” and criticized Macklemore for his push for equal rights.
Chief Keef also made headlines a number of times this year primarily due to a handful of legal issues. In October of this year, he began a 20-day jail sentence, which reportedly stemmed from his use of marijuana. In addition to his most recent sentence, Keef was arrested a number of other times this year for missing a child support hearing, trespassing, and other charges.