Despite all the buzz surrounding his career in 2012, Chief Keef has been dropped by Interscope, a source tells AllHipHop.com.
Since signing to the label, the teen rapper hasn’t been the easiest to work with. In November 2012, shortly after his deal, he was scheduled to shoot a video for the single, “Hate Being Sober,” featuring both 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. While Fif and Wiz made their way to the desert to film their parts, Chief Keef was a no show… surprising 50 Cent in the process.
The source says Keef’s lack of professionalism, and his 2013 and 2014 legal cases are reasons why he’s been dropped.
“Earlier this year, matters began to sour with Chief Keef, his camp and the bosses at Interscope,” writes AHH. “Our source maintains Interscope began to ‘subtly disassociate’ itself from the 19-year-old rapper after he had a series of legal cases sprout up in 2013 and 2014, ranging from lawsuits to drug offenses… A March 2014 shoot out in Chicago, which authorities linked Keef to, allegedly further damaged the relationship with Interscope.
“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,” the report adds. “Keef’’ team tried to have formal meetings but nothing moved… 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.”
Keef signed with Interscope Records in the summer of 2012 for a reported $6 million, three-album deal. When his debut, Finally Rich, dropping that December, it sold 50,000 copies during its first week… and went on to sell somewhere over 150,000 copies to date.
A second album has yet to be scheduled, but his upcoming Back From The Dead 2 mixtape is due out Oct. 31.