Chief Keef
Finally Rich


1.0
awful

Review

by Nathan Flynn CONTRIBUTOR (68 Reviews)
January 6th, 2013 | 152 replies | 8,296 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album: that's that shit I don't like

The title of Chief Keef’s freshman album implies something pre-determined. It speaks volumes about the 17-year-old’s attitude; it’s not that he, a lower-class teenager from the South Side of Chicago is rich, it’s that he’s finally rich- that this was always going to happen and it taking 17 years required too much patience. It’s an unorthodox attitude to have: his frequent run-ins with the law, including time spent under house arrest for weapons possession while under contract with Interscope, give the impression that he’s a loose cannon whose time spent in the trap has twisted him- an impression that certainly isn’t helped by songs like “Hate Being Sober.” From the outside, he appears to be the exact type of kid you wouldn’t want to be associated with but the implication of the title is that this was always going to happen.

'Finally Rich' shows off a kid who seems to have had everything come to him easily. The album’s opening line, “These bitches love Sosa,” is only the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps as a result of trying to conform to gangsta rap tropes, or maybe because all teenagers are fascinated by money and women, 'Finally Rich' does little more than flaunt Chief Keef’s wealth, upbringing and stable of women. However, beyond that, there’s little substance. The entire album seems to be an act of posturing: Chief goes to great lengths trying to prove that he has had no adversity to overcome and that he’s flawless. It’s not exactly desirable to hear a cocky kid describe his assets for 45 minutes especially when there’s no impact of having these things. Chief Keef has a lot of money but apparently very few assets and one can only hear about stacks of money so many times before it starts getting stale.

However, lyrical substance rarely needs to be included in the discussion of an album like this. When considering an artist like Waka Flocka Flame, one is distracted by his energy and the beats to the point where the lyrics are inconsequential. 'Finally Rich' should be an experience that indulges the listener with the many pleasures of Chief Keef’s life while providing them with cheap entertainment. The result is the opposite of the intent: the prevalent repetition grinds to the point where even some of the best songs- “Love Sosa,” “Kay Kay”- are rendered nearly unlistenable and the worst of the lot aren’t even worth listening to all the way through. The distractions that keep Flocka relevant are nowhere to be found on 'Finally Rich.' The beats are dominated by aggressive snare rolls and claps that all blend together with the exception of the scattered “bang bangs” or other catchphrases that are egregiously dropped in the background. The imitation Lex Lugers who produced clearly misplaced their cymbal kits and 808’s because both elements- trademarks of the trap beat- are noticeably absent. Chief Keef himself sounds as if he has gravel stuffed in his cheeks and he just swallowed a bottle of Nyquil. His marblemouthed flow is partly to blame for the quality of the beats- it seems that Chief can’t rap fast enough to handle an up-tempo beat.

'Finally Rich' is routine in every way. The homogeneous soundscapes run together to create the impression that the album is one long song and Chief Keef’s one-note rapping and lack of inflection certainly doesn’t help to break the monotony. Even the guest appearances are drab- Young Jeezy sounds bored to be on such a lazy beat, French Montana is barely noticeable and Rick Ross fails to excite on “3hunna.” The hooks are often longer than Chief’s useless verses and rarely even verge on catchy. Overall, 'Finally Rich' sounds like a ‘Bricksquad from the suburbs’ style parody that a couple friends could throw together over the weekend. It’s an album that was obviously made by a spoiled teenager, which ultimately proves to be the only pre-determined quality of the album. Chief Keef may believe he deserves to be rich, but the album shows he also doesn’t feel he needs to work to earn his keep.



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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This review started as a counterpoint to the other one. Then I realized it's even worse than I thought
it would be.

Originally posted at http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/ as per usual

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Hep Kat
January 6th 2013



13999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol

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Buzzkillr
January 6th 2013



1510 Comments


good review. only typo I could find: "Young Jeezy sounds bored to be one such a lazy beat"

and is it me, or is the phrase "Finally Rich' should be that indulges the listener with the many pleasures of Chief Keef’s life while providing them with cheap entertainment." missing something?

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Yeah I accidentally a word. Thanks dude.

theacademy
January 6th 2013



27669 Comments


what do cirq think about this

Hep Kat
January 6th 2013



13999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cirq have good taste in rape music and ushoelee likes gud rapers n cheef keef is a pree good raper so cirq prolly like

davidwicked
January 6th 2013



3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The appeal to me, is his not giving a fuck attitude that each of us have deep inside of us. I think the album let's us let it out

That's just me, I definitely see how someone could dislike this

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

How so?

ThePac
January 6th 2013



219 Comments


good review...fucking hate this guy

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2013



3005 Comments


Nice review, have a pos. If you'd like more detailed criticism let me know, but for now this looks good. Chief Keef is pretty damn stupid from what I've heard of his music, and I won't be checking this out. Doubtful it's actually a 1 though...

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I'd love the criticism. I'm trying to transition styles a little bit so anything you think I could do better please let me know either here or on FB

Recspecs
January 6th 2013



9809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

HATE BEIN SOBAAA

Hep Kat
January 6th 2013



13999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is at least a 2 on the strength of i don't like alone

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2013



4334 Comments


I haven't heard this and I dont really plan to just because it really ins't my kind of music, but your review was well-written. Good work, Nathan, have a POS.

cirq
January 6th 2013



9257 Comments


these bitches love sosa

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2013



17114 Comments


shit like this is a guilty pleasure for me.

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slipnslide
January 6th 2013



2640 Comments


After listening to a few songs in the past couple minutes, I would just like to say what a nice young man Chief Keef seems to be!

1 like=1 respect

auberginedreams
January 6th 2013



5981 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this is one of the worst things i've ever heard. it's not even catchy, there's no redeeming value at all.

Recspecs
January 6th 2013



9809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"this is one of the worst things i've ever heard. it's not even catchy, there's no redeeming value at all."

You're an idiot.

auberginedreams
January 6th 2013



5981 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

okay.



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