Chief Keef’s forthcoming album, Bang 3, finally has a release date. The sophomore project will arrive June 10.
Larry Jackson, an A&R rep at Interscope Records, announced the news in an Instagram post over the weekend. “My adopted son [Keef] is trying to meltdown my phone on a Sunday. Enough with the pranks! I’ve got a knuckle sandwich for you when I see ya. Bang 3 is officially coming on 6/10. Stop askin’ about it, pleaseeee!” wrote Jackson.
Bang 3 was initially slated to be a mixtape, but as recording progressed, the decision was made to turn it into an album. The LP will feature some of Keef’s collaborations with fellow Chicagoan Kanye West.
“Kanye will definitely be on Keef’s album,” said the rapper’s manager Peeda Pan to XXL in February. “[‘Ye] reached out, and it’s great for someone like Kanye from Chicago and where he stands in the game to be able to reach out to that younger generation of Chicago and for them to be able to work.”
West reportedly saw some of himself in Keef and brought him over to Paris to record music. “There’s just certain things you and that person will have in common and you can identify with that person’s upbringing and their struggle,” Pan continued. “So I think Kanye sees a lot of Keef’s rebelliousness in himself and he identifies with it.”
Chief Keef’s debut album, Finally Rich, was released toward the end of 2012 and sold 50,000 copies in its debut week. His career since then has been marred by legal issues, including his recent detainment by Illinois police over his suspected involvement in a shooting that occurred outside his manager’s home.