Chief Keef's manager Dro Manuel spoke in defense of the young Chicago rapper during a recent interview with The Best of Both Offices. He expressed his opinions on how unfair it is to blame the violence in Chicago on Chief Keef, and that Chicago has been messed up long before Keef came into the spotlight, but no one really tries to do anything about the violence occurring in its inner-city streets.
"He's not the first to put reality-based lyrics [in his music], as far as like talking about what's going on in the inner-city for real. I think that it's kinda messed up that they wanna blame him for all the murders, all the crime and all this other stuff that's going on in Chicago.
"Chicago hasn't paid attention to Englewood [Chief Keef's neighborhood] since they thought they were getting the Olympics. That's when they brought it out to the public like, 'there's all these murders happening in Englewood everyday,' and that kinda backfired on them...after that, they haven't brought it back up until Chief Keef. And all of the other rappers that come from Chicago, they know that. They act like they don't know that, but they know that. These problems have gone on here for a long time."
He was asked if he placed some of the blame on Pitchfork for getting Keef locked up for 2 months for violating his probation after he did an interview with them at a gun range where he was filmed shooting guns at paper targets.
"Pitchfork and whoever set that interview up, not saying any names, but yeah. I think so."
He added, however, that despite this pretty big bump in the road for Keef and his career, he is more than confident that Keef will emerge from the detention center as a changed man and alter his way of life and lyrics.
"I got a message from him that he's had a wake-up call. This is a wake-up call for him. I think he's gonna come out a different person. I think he's gonna come out with some new music, a new attitude..."