Today it has been announced that Chicago wild child Chief Keef, who rose to national prominence back in 2012 with his single “Don’t Like” (which would be remixed by Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music) has been released from his label home of the past few years, Interscope Records.
First reported on AllHipHop, the site says that the label Jimmy Iovine once ran began to distance itself from Keef following his multiple legal cases, his trip to rehab, and other such troubles.
Keef and his people tried to keep the label accountable (once Keef moved to Los Angeles) but Interscope didn’t seem interested in dropping a new album. “Keef’s team tried to have formal meetings but nothing moved,” an anonymous source told AllHipHop. Additionally, there was some left over bad blood stemming from how Chief Keef’s first album was marketed and promoted.
Insiders say friction intensified until there were arguments with higher-ups in Interscope over how Keef’s career was being handled. Shortly thereafter, Keef was quietly released from his contract, sources said.”
Meanwhile, Keef has been on the Twitter today explaining/lamenting, so to speak, his side of the story, including the fact that he was let go a few days prior to the announcement today:
Ain't shit gone stop Jus gets Better and bigger!
— AlmightySo (@ChiefKeef) October 21, 2014
Thoughts? Opinions? Bueller?
UPDATE: Despite Keef’s own words, it looks like he’s not exactly off the label (yet). Says Miss Info:
News flash… Just because you want something to be so… doesn’t mean that it actually is so. Even though Keef has been tweeting that he is off Interscope, and “splitting” up with Jimmy Iovine…reality check, Chief Keef is, as of now, still signed to Interscope. Which also means that he can’t really be selling his upcoming mixtape on iTunes.