How much is Chief Keef worth?
|Net Worth:||$3 Million|
|Date of Birth:||August 15, 1995|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Chief Keef
Chief Keef, born Keith Farrelle Cozart, is an American rapper and most recently a successful music producer. He rose to prominence in the 2010s when he was just 16 years old and is one of the artists responsible for the creation of the rap sub genre, drill. His music, which was gritty, with detailed gangster rap type lyrics, became popular among high schools students on the south side of Chicago. Though Keef has been highly criticized for his actions in the public eye, his biggest hit, “I Don’t Like” became an internet phenomenon in 2012, which led to the rapper being scooped up by the major label, Insterscope, after a bidding war broke out.
We calculate Chief Keef has a net worth of about $3 million dollars, as of 2020.
How did Chief Keef become a millionaire?
As a lot of rappers sign endorsement deals with brands, which help them gain just as much wealth as their music, unfortunately Chief Keef hasn’t had that opportunity as brands perceive Chief Keef as the personification of the “Chiraq” gangsta rap culture, something that wouldn’t be good for a brand to be associated with. The rapper even refers to himself as “Sosa” which is a reference to the drug dealer in the Al Pacino lead movie, Scarface. However, this hasn’t stopped Keef from being extremely financially successful.
Early on Chief Keef was discovered by Kanye West and together they released a monster hit that was the remix of “I Don’t Like,”. Keef was then torn between record labels as Young Jeezy’s CTE World and Interscope, among others, continued to outbid each other to get the 16 year old on their rosters. Finally, Interscope were able to sign him, but the young rapper was even able to negotiate his way in to getting his very own label imprint, Glory Boyz Entertainment. Keef signed a deal that rappers twice his age can only dream about. He signed a three album deal with a $440,000 advance and all totaled up, was worth $6 million!
After the deal, Keef went on to release the star studded debut album, Finally Rich, which featured 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, and Rick Ross, and that helped the record become certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Why is he so famous?
Before many people outside of Chicago had ever even heard of Chief Keef, he was creating his own style of rap. It originated in the south side of Chicago just as Keef was on the verge of fame. Drill music is known for being violent and gritty with aggressive and fierce subject matter. It is thanks to Keef that the genre found its way in to mainstream music in the early 2010s, as its popularity grew through mostly word of mouth, something that is insanely rare these days.
Most of the rappers who play within this genre are from Chicago, but multiple sub genres have been spawned from drill in different countries. UK drill is the most popular of the sub genres, but Keef has influenced rappers in many other countries too, and though drill isn’t as popular as it used to be, it lives on through commercial artists like Drake who appropriated that type of music.
Keef became somewhat of a protégé to Kanye West, as the fellow Chicago rapper discovered Keef’s urban hit “I Don’t Like” and remixed it, turning it in to a collaboration between rap heavyweights, Pusha T, Jadakiss and Big Sean. Thanks to this exposure, Keef was catapulted in to the rap stratosphere and featured on massively popular rappers’ albums, most notably on Kanye West’s sixth and most polarizing album yet, Yeezus. “Hold My Liquor” was one of the few tracks that fans could agree was great and it became one of the standout hits from the album, as Keef rapped alongside an unordinary collaborator, the indie folk singer, Justin Vernon. Even weirder Keef’s performance on the song was praised by the late Velvet Underground singer, Lou Reed.
The rapper continued collaborating, and one of Keef’s most successful projects to date was the release of Big Gucci Sosa, collaborative mixtape between him and Gucci Mane. From this point on, Keef would be the most productive in his whole career and release fistfuls of mixtapes every year, completely saturating the rap industry. Keef released four mixtapes in the lead up to releasing his third album, Dedication, which was his best performing album since his debut, reaching 97 on the Billboard 200 chart. After the success of Dedication, the rapper could get back to recording with more well-known names again, such as G Herbo, Playboi Carti, and Soulja Boy.
What makes him so successful?
One of the most imperative reasons that has made the rapper so successful and amass the fortune he has is because of how prolific he is. Keef has released released 35 mixtapes since 2011. He is currently only 24 years old and he already has a discography that racks up close to a thousand songs.
Though he was dropped from Interscope in late 2014 due to being involved with guns and gang crime in Chicago, Keef managed to get back on his feet and signed to a different record label, 1017 Records, and he has continued to release albums and mixtapes on his own label, Glo Gang. These included some of his highest charting so far in his career.
Like many artists do, after rapping over beats that have been produced for them for years, they get influenced to produce their own music. And that is exactly what Keef has done. Through trial and error, he is finally starting to see success from this, as his first major production credit came just this year, with the release of Eternal Atake, the sophomore record from Lil Uzi Vert. The record debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one, meaning this is the best performing project that Keef has been involved in to date.
Chief Keef has a net worth of one million dollars. He could be a lot wealthier, but it doesn’t look like the rapper releases music with the intention of making money anymore, as he dumps what seems like hard-drives worth of music online every year for free. A few million might not seem like a lot of money for somebody as famous as Chief Keef, but at only 24 years old he’s got plenty of time to increase that number.