Back from the Dead (mixtape)

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Back from the Dead
Mixtape by Chief Keef
Released March 12, 2012
Recorded 2011—2012
Genre Gangsta rap, Drill
Length 38:54
Label Glory Boyz Entertainment
Producer Chief Keef (exec.), Young Chop.
Chief Keef chronology
Back From The Dead
Finally Rich
(2012)Finally Rich2012
Singles from Back from the Dead
  1. "I Don't Know Dem"
    Released: January 25, 2012
  2. "I Don't Like"
    Released: March 11, 2012
  3. "Everyday"
    Released: April 6, 2012
  4. "Monster"
    Released: June 13, 2012

Back from the Dead is a mixtape by American hip hop recording artist Chief Keef. The mixtape was produced by Young Chop and hosted by DJ Victoriouz and DJ Moondawg. It was released on March 12, 2012.[1] A remasterated version hosted by DJ Hustlenomics was released on March 14, 2012 in iTunes. The mixtape features guest appearances from Lil Reese, Soulja Boy, King Louie, SD, Johnny May Cash and Yale Lucciani.[2][3]

"I Don't Like" featuring Lil Reese was first included on the mixtape, and would be released as a single. It peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100, and is included on his debut album Finally Rich. The official remix to "I Don't Like" features Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean & Jadakiss and is included on the GOOD Music collaboration album Cruel Summer. As of October 31, 2014, the mixtape has been downloaded over 683,000 times on DatPiff and certified double platinum.

In February 2014, Keef confirmed via Twitter that the sequel mixtape titled Back from the Dead 2 was in the works with a release date set for sometime in 2014. The mixtape's cover resembles that of the film Dawn of the Dead. The sequel was released on October 31, 2014 and was completely produced by Chief Keef, other than 4 tracks produced by Young Chop, Purps On Da Beat and Ace Bankz. It also has only 2 features with Gucci Mane and Tadoe of Chief Keef's own label Glo Gang.


Critical response[edit]

Jordan Sargent at Pitchfork Media said in a review, "Back From the Dead, his breakthrough mixtape is loud, rough, unrelenting, lurching, and undeniably the child of Waka Flocka Flame and producer Lex Luger's indelible Flockaveli. But if you read the title more literally to mean that Keef is something like a zombie, it's maybe even more appropriate. Surrounded by beats from producer Young Chop that are stuffed with the sound of gunshots and Keef's choice ad-lib, "Bang Bang," he's close to stoic throughout, stalking expressionless through the streets."[4]


The mixtape was named the 11th best mixtape of 2012 by DatPiff. DatPiff also poistioned Lil Reese's certified gold mixtape "Don't Like" hosted by DJ Drama and Don Cannon at 44th on their "50 Best Mixtapes of 2012" list. Both mixtapes were produced by Chicago producer Young Chop and included the hit single, "I Don't Like".

Other responses[edit]

In October and December 2013 Lady Gaga upload a few videos on her Instagram account, in which she is listening to Keef's song "3Hunna" from the mixtape. Later, in an AMA interview she said, "I’ve been listening to a lot of Chief Keef, so I’m kinda into Chicago music right now, I was living there for a while, so we’ve been listening to a lot of his records. I’m a big fan." Keef returned the praise via Twitter shortly thereafter, stating, "I love Lady Gaga For Sayin She Listens to a lot of me and What’s so crazy I was jus Watchin Dis redcarpet shit Like damn dis Girl fine," adding, "Love You Lady Gaga."[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Monster" Keith Cozart, Tyree Pittman Young Chop 3:35
2. "My Niggas" (featuring SD) Cozart, Pittman, Sadiki Thirston Young Chop 3:56
3. "Sosa" Cozart, Pittman Young Chop 3:20
4. "Winnin'" (featuring King Louie) Cozart, Pittman, Louis Johnson Young Chop 3:58
5. "I Don't Like" (featuring Lil Reese) Cozart, Pittman, Tavares Taylor Young Chop 5:21
6. "True Religion Fein" (featuring Yale Lucciani) Cozart, Pittman, Yale Lucciani Young Chop 4:00
7. "Designer" Cozart, Pittman Young Chop 2:22
8. "I Don't Know Dem" Cozart, Pittman Young Chop 4:15
9. "Everyday" Cozart, Pittman Young Chop 3:29
10. "Trust None" (featuring Johnny May Cash) Cozart, Pittman, Johnny May Cash Young Chop 2:48
11. "Save That Shit" Cozart, Pittman Young Chop 2:04
12. "3Hunna (Remix)" (featuring Soulja Boy) Cozart, Pittman, DeAndre Cortez Way Young Chop 3:34
Total length: 38:54