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|Released||December 18, 2012|
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|Singles from Finally Rich|
Finally Rich is the debut studio album by American rapper Chief Keef. It was released on December 18, 2012, by Glory Boyz Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album features guest appearances from 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Reese, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Master P, French Montana and Fat Trel.
The album was supported by three successful singles: "I Don't Like", "Love Sosa" and "Hate Bein' Sober". Upon its release, the album was met with generally positive reviews from most music critics. It debuted at number 29 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 50,000 copies in the United States.
Finally Rich was originally planned to be released as a mixtape but was later turned into a full-length album. The album was originally scheduled to be released on November 27, 2012, but it was pushed back until December 18, 2012.
"I Don't Like" featuring Lil Reese, was released as the album's lead single on March 15, 2012. The song has peaked at number 73 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number 15 on the Rap Songs charts. It also appeared on Chief Keef's mixtape Back from the Dead, which was released for free on March 12, 2012. The mixtape was later mastered and made available for purchase on iTunes. On May 1, 2012, rapper and producer Kanye West, made a remix featuring Pusha T, Big Sean and Jadakiss. The remix is featured as the final track on the West's G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, Cruel Summer.
"Love Sosa" was released as the album's second single on October 18, 2012. The song peaked at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number 17 on the Rap Songs charts. The music video for "Love Sosa" was released on October 18, 2012. It was later announced the song "Love Sosa" would be featured on the video game Grand Theft Auto V.
"Hate Bein' Sober" was released as the album's third single on December 13, 2012. The song features a guest appearances from fellow rappers 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. The song peaked on the US Billboard Heatseekers Songs at number 16.
On September 21, 2012, the music video was released for the song "Ballin'". On November 10, 2012, the music video was released for the bonus track "Kobe". On August 15, 2013, the music video was released for "Citgo".
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Finally Rich received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 62, based on 17 reviews, which indicates "Generally favorable reviews". Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times gave the album two and a half stars out of four, saying "Landing a week before the big day, the 17-year-old Chicago thug offers infectious odes to nihilism and tirades against haters that are as simple-minded and catchy as they are brutal. Musically, however, the album shimmers with power, which makes the dozen songs feel even more dangerous". Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune gave the album two stars out of four, saying "Finally Rich" owes plenty to the menacing inner-city narratives of Jeezy, Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane. Keef's innovation, if it can be called that, is to appear even colder than any of his predecessors, devoid of feelings, let alone guilt or remorse." Alex Macpherson of The Guardian gave the album three out of five stars, saying "Ha, ha, ha": 17-year-old Chicago drill rapper Chief Keef's syllables land like lead weights on concrete. Deliberately defining a song titled Laughin' to the Bank by its absence of any mirth is entirely in character for Keef, who wears his perpetual screwface like a badge of pride across Finally Rich and never once lets light in." Neil Martinez-Belkin of XXL gave the album an L, saying "“I Don't Like” still hasn't lost its appeal, and much of his debut carries the same level of replay value. So people will love it. People will hate it. Chief Keef probably doesn't care either way. He's 17, and he's finally rich."
Jesse Fairfax of HipHopDX gave the album three out of five stars, saying "A fair assessment can see his dangerous character as a product of his environment rather than simple glorification of wrongdoing, with Finally Rich creating entertainment out of hopelessness. Having taken off in a short time span while growing into adulthood, immaturity is certainly a big part of his shtick, but most importantly Keef's rise puts a mirror up to devastating socioeconomic conditions all too often swept under the rug." Jayson Greene of Pitchfork gave the album a 7.5 out of 10, saying "Finally Rich benefits from some professional tweaks in the mix, but otherwise leaves Keef's sound untouched. And in addition to succeeding on its own terms, it proves that Keef has a lot of potential—much more than his detractors might have hoped." Jesse Cataldo of Slant Magazine gave the album two stars out of five, saying "Keef's debut, Finally Rich, begins with a breathless tantrum that, with a slight change in subject matter, could reasonably be directed at a parent rather than the audience. This tone of manic, furious immaturity persists throughout, whether he's railing on "bitches" or "snitches" or detailing the outlines of boilerplate affluence to which he robotically aspires."
Jordan Sargent of Spin gave the album an eight out of ten, saying "He may forever be known as the kid whose videos depicted children waving handguns, but you wouldn't know it from his Interscope bow: He's no longer asking for that to be his calling card. Instead, as the torrent of controversy continues to swirl around him, Keef has written an album positioning him as one of rap's most rewarding pop stars." Anupa Mistry of Now gave the album two out of five stars, saying "Maybe the lasting value of Finally Rich won't be found in questioning its moral content (less a glorification of violence and poverty than a lament), but in parsing how we’ve reacted to it, and the differing socio-economic realities that make his music resonant for one demographic and a voyeuristic pleasure for another."
Mike Madden of Consequence of Sound gave the album two and a half stars out of four, saying "If there's one thing we’ve learned about Keef so far, it's that he's done a pretty good job putting his own spin on familiar sounds." Ryan Reed of Paste gave the album a five out of ten, saying "Keef has plenty of raw talent and compelling real-life drama to draw from, and with Young Chop, he's found one of hip-hop's most exciting new production talents." Nick Catucci of Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars, saying "Rapping with his affectless slur and bricklayer's tempo over rolling, mid-speed beats, Keef (who was criticized for mocking a murder victim, his rival, on Twitter) seems unshakably confident but profoundly directionless. The effect is mesmerizing, and a little scary."
David Jeffries of AllMusic gave the album two and a half stars out of five, saying "In the end, it's raw, irresponsible, unforgiving, and often infectious, but the controversial Finally Rich isn't a step forward on any counts. Consider this the guiltiest of pleasures, if considered at all." Kitty Empire of The Observer gave the album three out of five stars, saying "His major label debut, Finally Rich compiles a slew of his tracks that have done the rounds, with a handful of new songs. It's distressing, elementary and samey yet utterly unignorable."
Spin ranked the album at number 14 on their list of the best 40 hip hop albums of 2013. Pitchfork ranked the bonus track "Citgo" at number 56 on their list of the top 100 tracks of 2013. They also ranked the album at number 82 on their list of the best 100 albums of 2010-14.
The album debuted at number 29 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 50,000 copies in the United States. As of March 27, 2013, the album has sold 152,000 copies in the United States. On July 23, 2018, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales in excess of 500,000 copies.
|1.||"Love Sosa"||Young Chop||4:06|
|3.||"I Don't Like" (featuring Lil Reese)||Young Chop||4:55|
|5.||"Hate Bein' Sober" (featuring 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa)||Young Chop||4:40|
|6.||"Kay Kay"||K.E. on the Track||3:07|
|7.||"Laughin' to the Bank"||YGOnDaBeat||3:47|
|8.||"Diamonds" (featuring French Montana)||Young Chop||3:05|
|9.||"Ballin'"||Leek E Leek||3:38|
|10.||"Understand Me" (featuring Young Jeezy)||Casa Di||4:04|
|11.||"3Hunna" (featuring Rick Ross)||Young Chop||3:29|
|12.||"Finally Rich"||Young Chop||4:08|
|15.||"Got Them Bands"||YGOnDaBeat||3:24|
|16.||"Don't Make No Sense" (featuring Master P and Fat Trel)||Lil Keis||4:18|
|17.||"Savage"||Nard & B||3:02|
|18.||"Don't Know Dem"||Young Chop||4:00|
- Writing and production credits are according to the album booklet.
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000|
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
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