Finally Rich (Complete Edition) – [Chief Keef]

I don’t like to make generalizations too often because they can be misinterpreted quite often, but I would be lying if I said that Chief Keef wasn’t the most influential artist in the current generation of music. He created a sound that was unlike anyone else, he took the world by storm with it, and he completely changed the game, but what’s even wilder about this is the fact that he was only a teenager. I mean, he dropped Finally Rich over 10 years ago when he was just 17, and it would go on to be critically acclaimed as one of the greatest rap albums of all time, a label that I certainly won’t disagree with.

It changed the landscape of music and is still cited by household names as one of their biggest influences, but what I think is truly glorious about this project is the fact that it seems like every single hip-hop fan has a story to coincide with the album. For me personally, despite the fact that I already owned it, my family bought a car from a police auction probably 6 years ago or so. When we got it home, the first thing I did was hit the eject button to see if the previous owner left behind any music. Lo and behold, Finally Rich popped out of the CD player, and my constant love for this effort was rejuvenated all over again, becoming an instant staple in my CD collection once again.

That’s just my story, but if you ask anyone else that’s even slightly interested in rap music, there’s a very good chance that they have an unforgettable experience with the project of their own. I say all of this because to celebrate the album’s 10-year anniversary, Sosa decided to release Finally Rich (Complete Edition), a new version of the instant classic that adds 7 previously unreleased tracks to the already perfect album. While I think that it is impossible to improve something that’s already flawless, I do love the fact that these new cuts give us another chance to revisit the effort with an alternate ending, continuing the project’s legacy in a way that I never knew existed.

Each song fits in perfectly with Keef’s innovative sound that was brought to life a decade ago, and while I can see why these didn’t quite make the final cut, I think they’re an amazing way to revisit the project and fall in love with it all over again. For day 1 Chief Keefe fans, you’ve probably already heard the complete edition, but if for some reason you haven’t, I couldn’t encourage you more to drop everything and tune in immediately to reopen one of the most significant and iconic albums of all time.