More Shit Chief Keef Don't Like
Poet-educator Kevin Coval dissects the controversy surrounding young Chicago rapper Cheef Keef. As he writes in his Preface
Every institution in Chicago fails Black youth. Segregated and systematically inequitable, Chicago is a town where white kids exist in an increasingly idyllic new urban utopia, and Black and Latino kids weave and dodge through a war zone. The largest specter in the spectacle and circus that surrounds the city, Chief Keef has become its poster boy and scapegoat. He is a young man who looks and sounds like thousands of young people in Chicago—reared in a culture of nihilism, death, and capitalism. He is a young man who sings the demented measures and results of white supremacy, the legacy and maintenance of grand inequity. Chief Keef sings a tortured and tormented Chicago song. It is a song we need to listen to carefully.
Read an excerpt, "Hipster Blogs Wave Their True Colors" on Ruby Hornet.
Hear Kevin discuss the book on Windy City Underground
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