The rap and media world has been atwitter, figuratively and literally, in the wake of controversy over Chief Keef’s insinuations and reactions concerning the murder of a fellow Chicago rapper. Keef’s Windy City forbear Lupe Fiasco had some holistic thoughts on the matter, which he offered in a Baltimore radio interview (via Chicago Magazine):

It’s just so visceral when I seen [Keef], he looks just like Chicago, like my nephew. He could be any kid on the street, and to hear the things he raps about, comparing it to reading the newspaper and there were 22 shootings this weekend… it scares me… I understand where he’s coming from, I understand his struggle, and I’m not at him, I’m at where he came from, and places like that still exist, and they incubate that mentality.

Chief Keef responded to this surprisingly sympathetic (maybe too sympathetic) analysis with characteristic brutality, via Twitter:

Lupe fiasco a hoe ass nigga And wen I see him I’ma smack him like da lil bitch he is

Apparently, however, Fiasco has had enough of the nonsense and has apparently retired. From Huffington Post:

[Keef’s] message appears to have shaken up Fiasco [who tweeted]

i have spoken peace only 2 receive vitriol and malice in return. My brother seeks destruction my sister seeks attention paths to nothingness

i’d die for them…but they’d probably spit on my grave…i still will die for them…just bury me in a place far from their reach…Amin

This album will probably be my last…its been a pleasure to have all my fans provide so much love an inspiration for me and my family but my heart is broken and i see no comfort further along this path only more pain. I cannot participate any longer in this… lupe fiasco ends here…

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