Chief Keef
Finally Rich


1.5
very poor

Review

by Brendan Schroer USER (184 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2012 | 140 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There's a difference between repetition and ear sodomy. This is ear sodomy.

When it comes to the poppy side of hip-hop, there's usually no mistaking how it will sound or appeal to the general public; light synthesized beats, a tendency to stick to the verse/chorus/refrain song structure, and a bevy of other popular rappers and singers to guest on a record. Seems simple, right? Well, Chicago newcomer Chief Keef seems to think so, as his debut album Finally Rich gets that formula down just right... and simultaneously falls flat on its face. Believe me, I like hip-hop as much as the next guy (hell, even poppier hip-hop, as Eminem's Recovery had proven), but listening to the same structure for 12 tracks straight get exceptionally tedious. While other hip-hop artists might use different styles or rapping techniques to keep their records fresh, Finally Rich manages to get a grand total of three tones in its arsenal: cocky, "misunderstood," and partying. These lyrical themes are mixed in with some of the most unengaging and even grating bread-and-butter hip-hop music of this year.

A number of the problems with the record come right back to the rapper himself. While his flow is decent, his style isn't all that interesting; we've heard this type of guy before on any other hip-hop release, usually with more distinctive rapping. In addition, the production is really cheap and plastic, further damaging any chance he might have to distinguish himself from the crowd. The music, on the other hand, is an absolute joke. The beats are simplistic beyond belief, and while minimalism can work well in hip-hop records, this is no Nas or DJ Premier; it's all bottom-of-the-barrel artificial trash. The echoed and repeated vocal lines don't help either, especially when those vocal lines usually happen to be extremely immature profanity-laced statements such as "F*ck, nigga, that's the sh*t I don't like" from "I Don't Like." The xylophone-sounding synths in the aforementioned song only add to the mix of both hilarity and annoyance, while the slow groove behind it just plods on and on without any real discipline.

The other songs follow in the same vein, with "Laughin' to the Bank" possibly being the worst. The sample of laughter is absolutely atrocious, and will leave you eager to stab yourself with a pitchfork; the beats surrounding the laughter are akin to Soundcloud dubstep samples and manage not to impress in the slightest. The main laughter sample sounds just as robotic as the glossy production values, and Keef's rapping is still very bland and uninteresting. It's odd to note that "Hate Bein' Sober," featuring 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa of all people, is actually one of the only highlights in this mess. The C-minor synth kicking off the song is very fun and breezy, while the beats are tastefully done; 50 Cent finally makes a guest appearance to root for with fluid rapping and decent lyricism, while the song shows more overall restraint for Keef.

As you could probably imagine, however, a few decent moments here and there really aren't enough to save a 12-track album. Despite its few shining moments, Finally Rich doesn't have anything to show that's new or different. It simply sounds like any other mainstream hip-hop record, but with moments so grating that it sounds as though they were schematic on Keef's part. Honestly, just pass on this one.



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This album: that's that shit I don't like...


Comments:Add a Comment 
auberginedreams
December 22nd 2012


6066 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

why would you listen to this in the first place lol.

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breakingthefragile
December 22nd 2012


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

When I first heard "Laughin' to the Bank" off of this, I couldn't stop laughing at the really bored and random parts of him laughing in the track, and when I think about it, it's like a reflective thing: I'm laughing at him laughing at me not laughing to the bank like he is apparently even though his sales are shit from what I gather.

demigod!
December 22nd 2012


45006 Comments


his name is pretty dope i guess. he spelt kief wrong though.

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breakingthefragile
December 22nd 2012


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

He spelled queef wrong though*

Casablanca
December 22nd 2012


262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yea, this was good. Even taking mainstream gangsta rap into account, this is uninspired but also fun
for what it's meant to me. Young Chop is amazing though


GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2012


6188 Comments


pos'd for the rating

Cygnatti
December 22nd 2012


21896 Comments


this guy sucks

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2012


3494 Comments


Doubtful I'll be checking this out

elephantREVOLUTION
December 22nd 2012


2784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

haven't listened to this yet but i'm not expecting much

demigod!
December 22nd 2012


45006 Comments


i bet this is AOTY, Necro is just fooling us so he can have it to himself

Raccoonology
December 22nd 2012


25 Comments


yall listening to ignorant dumb shit expecting it to be some conscious ATLiens type music. calm down.

Buzzkillr
December 22nd 2012


1541 Comments


"i don't like" is sorta fun to listen to but the rest of his music is shit. laughing at the bank is fucking hilarious tho.

HAW! HAW! HAW!

breakingthefragile
December 22nd 2012


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

BAD MUSIC NIGGAAAAAA THAT'S THAT SHIT I DON'T LIKE!

WeepingBanana
December 22nd 2012


10208 Comments


oh man just listened to Love Sosa

the song itself is repetitive as fuck

Buzzkillr
December 22nd 2012


1541 Comments


Like "The Message" before it, "I Don't Like" is a unrelenting portrait of the young black man pushed to his edge by poverty. But where Melle Mel remained optimistic-- or at least self-aware-- about the world crumbling around him, Keef speaks for a generation that's become completely numb to the decay. There's no explicit commentary in "I Don't Like", no build or release of pain or aggression, just dead-eyed threats and an endless haunting flatness. Producer Young Chop's beat is little more than a two bar melody looped ad infinitum as Keef and rhyme partner Lil Reese rarely break their scowls or their stunted ten-syllable cadence. They don't even muster up enough emotion to hate. They simply don't like. And frankly, that's a lot more frightening.

EyeForAnEye
December 22nd 2012


1702 Comments


This is the kid who posted a picture of a 13 yearold girl sucking his dick on instagram, right?

That automatically gives it a 5.

Buzzkillr
December 22nd 2012


1541 Comments


"^ Damn, that's a pretty intense interpretation of it"

that's from pitchfork, lol. pretty ridiculous interpretation of you ask me

demigod!
December 22nd 2012


45006 Comments


pitchfork is the definition of ridiculous interpertations

i mean they give good kid mad city AOTY come on!

EyeForAnEye
December 22nd 2012


1702 Comments


Fuck pitchfork.

oltnabrick
December 22nd 2012


31303 Comments


This is amazing...

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