A blogger for Chicago's NBC affiliate berates Chief Keef's "Finally Rich" in the wake of the Sandy Hope shootings and calls his music a "minstrel show".
Amidst all the violence in Chicago over the past year, Chief Keef has fallen under criticism as someone who celebrates this gun-happy violent behavior. His debut album with Interscope hit stores on Tuesday and an NBC blogger is catching some criticism of his own for his description of Keef's music as a "minstrel show".
The blogger, Edward McClelland posted an op-ed piece on Chicago's NBC 5 website this morning, and said he chose not to purchase Finally Rich because of the events befalling Sandy Hook, with the horrific shooting of young children and teachers. In his article he brings up the violence in Connecticut as a reason swaying him from buying any of Keef's infectious records and then adds,"I also don't want to pay $14 for the minstrel show of listening to a real live South Side thug."
Perhaps the writer did not understand the severe negative connotations this statement makes for African American performers, but regardless it was in poor taste. Read an excerpt of his column below via HHW.
"[F]rom what I've heard of it, is pretty lunkheaded: simplistic rhymes, primitive beats. But it's also a window into the world that has made Chicago the murder capital of America, and that piqued my curiosity…Since last week's murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, though, I haven't had the stomach for any violent entertainment…I also don't want to pay $14 for the minstrel show of listening to a real live South Side thug. I don't want to support a scene that makes gangbanging a resume builder for music success."