Bang bang no more!
Chief Keef been making headlines lately and not for his positivity.
The teenage rapper is currently under investigation by the Chicago Police Department, who are reviewing his Twitter comments after Brick Squad rival Lil Jojo was murdered earlier this week.
Besides murder investigations, the “3hunna” rapper also made headlines for his Twitter beef with fellow Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco, which he says was not him, but a “hacker.”
Earlier this summer, Pitchfork signed on Chief Keef for their “Selector” series where artists are interviewed in unusual and unconventional places.
After Chief Keef’s recent run-in with Twitter beefs and the death of rival rappers, Pitchfork has come under fire for their interview with the “Bang Bang” rapper at a gun range.
Since then, Pitchfork decided to pull the interview and release a retraction statement about their decision to be socially responsible.
“Selector” is a Pitchfork.tv show in which we interview rappers and watch them freestyle over beats. We often try to conduct these shows in unusual locations, and several months ago we interviewed Chief Keef at a gun range in New York City. This concept was rushed and never should have happened. We’re proud of the “Selector” series as a whole and its production will continue, but this particular episode was insensitive and irresponsible.
Pitchfork’s roots are in Chicago and many of our employees and several contributors live in the city. The horror of the gun violence that has plagued our hometown is something we all take very seriously. Many people have pointed out that this episode could be seen as trivializing gun violence, and we feel they have a good point.
Given recent news regarding the shooting of Chicago rapper Lil Jojo and the investigation of people involved in Chicago’s rap scene, this seems like the right time to express our regrets regarding that episode. We apologize for this mistake and have removed the video from our archives.
We definitely support their decision. Big ups to Pitchfork for being socially responsible.
Check out their complete retraction here.