The Chicago MC best known as Chief Keef is renowned for his blasé deadpan and salacious controversy. At only 16, the rapper burst onto the hip hop scene with a series of mixtapes and a 2012 major label debut, Finally Rich. Icy pop rap fueled by drugged-down atmospheres and a gnarly flow, the album was as infectious as it was ominous. You got the sense there was an unspoken violence bubbling just beneath the surface. The last few years have been comparatively unremarkable for Keef, filled with mixtapes that feel like afterthoughts. But the last 12 months have been transformational. A string of high caliber releases both official and unofficial have revealed a wiser, funnier and evolved talent. He still swerves between beats like he’s half asleep behind the wheel, effortlessly navigating bars other rappers might stumble through. His skills remain so innate and undeniable, you can’t help but wonder why contemporary mumble rap has yet to catch up. No question, Chief Keef is renewed and ready to remake the game all over again.