When Kanye said “listen to the kids” he wasn’t talking about school curriculums.
As FakeShorDrive reported, a Chicago substitute teacher is in some trouble this week after giving her class a Chief Keef Quiz while filling in at Fiske Elementary School on the city’s southside. Yeah, that’s a real thing.
In a true testament to the state of the Chicago Public School system, which last year saw a record number of school closings under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, school children were grilled not on times tables or American history, but rather on the finer points of Keith Cozart’s life.
This comes about a month after a report came out of another southside school that a student was suspended for refusing to turn off Lil Herb’s Ballin Like I’m Kobe mixtape in class and speaks directly to the kind of influence these artists have on the communities they came from. You have to remember, it’s fairly new that kids from Chicago can enjoy any sort of six degrees from rappers popular on the national scene, so it’s a bit understandable.
The quiz, however? Definitely just another piece of the puzzle of the unique and mystifying life of Chief Keef. The questions on the quiz included:
Where was he placed on house arrest?
Who shot Chief Keef when he was 16?
What Kanye West song was Chief Keef featured on?
At what age did he stop attending school?
What was Chief Keef debut album?
What year was “Bang” release?
While I certainly would have appreciated more hip-hop current events during my time in school, this is pretty ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is how a rapper that is still not old enough to legally drink has used notoriety from pointing a gun at police to become one of the most misunderstood and looked up to artists from his hometown in a generation.
You can like him or not, but there’s no denying the power Keef wields on the young.