The New Troublemakers

Meet the freaks, geeks and future superstars who are stirring things up in 2013
new troublemakers chief keef
Jessica Lehrman

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Chief Keef

Chief Keef has been hailed both as hip-hop’s next big thing – he's been namechecked by Jay-Z, among others, and was recently in Paris to record a track for Kanye’s next LP – and criticized as a symbol of everything that’s wrong in young, black America. "He scares me," Lupe Fiasco said. "Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents." Responds Keef: "I really don’t give a fuck," he says. "People don’t know what’s going on underneath." Does he want them to? "Nope. I really don’t give a fuck." "People need to see what's going on in our urban communities," says Idris Abdul Wahid, a member of Keef's management team, about gang-fueled chaos that Keef came up in. "These young guys damn near raised themselves. They're like the Lost Boys."

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