They say age is just a number, but I don’t think it is. Age can be used as a reference marker for people to make assumptions, or relate moments to how old someone is. The reason I bring this up is because age is relevant in explaining this artist’s early success. Perhaps the most viral rapper to spring forward from Chicago’s drill-music era is Chief Keef. Back in 2012, at only the tender age of 16, Chief Keef fed the streets with his debut album Finally Rich to critical acclaim from the streets. In his case, being 16 was foundational in how he was perceived by other artists in Hip-Hop, but also the fanbase he was catering to. Being the same age as Keef, this album was the most-played amongst my teenage friends and was heard at every function. As the case for other young rappers to gain clout in such a short amount of time, Keef had to grind out a couple of mixtapes for the internet to understand who he was, and the type of music he made. It wasn’t until a certain Chicago legend, and genius, took notice of his abrasive-track “I Don’t Like” and featured it on his label’s compilation album.