(Gossip-Grind) Next To Blow: Keith Wallace
Keith Wallace aka Full Klip, was born and raised in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. Wallace ran the streets as a youth, and the street life quickly caught up with him. He was arrested at the age of 14 on attempted murder charges after he allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint and beat her up at Dania Jai-Alai, and shot a gun at a rival teenager outside Attucks Middle School in Dania Beach. Wallace was tried as an adult, and sentenced to six years in prison.
Wallace was released from prison at the age of 20, and returned to the street life. In 2009, Wallace was linked to a murder, and spent the next three years of his life in jail fighting the charges. In 2012, he was released because of lack of evidence. While locked up, Wallace honed his rap skills, and upon his release, he jumped head first into the rap game. Wallace released a single called I Miss You that was dedicated to the memory of his stepdaughter and his mother, who passed away on the same day. His daughter died as the result of a hit and run accident, and his mother lost her battle with cancer a few hours later.
Like many rappers nowadays Wallace has used the power of social media to promote himself and get his name out there. I myself ran across one of his videos (that he filmed in the driver’s seat of his car using his IPhone) on Facebook and was instantly hooked on his flow, cadence, and voice (sounds like a mixture of Mystikal and Kevin Gates).
From his appearance he looks like any other rapper from South Florida (gold teeth and dreads), but it’s his message that sets him apart from the others, and the fact that he no longer uses profanity in his lyric, and often spends his spare time feeding the homeless meals that he prepares himself. He speaks about unity in black community, loving our women, taking responsibility for our children, and loving God, as opposed to money, cars, and hoes. Keith Wallace is the new breed of conscious rapper, and just another reason why you should never judge a book by it’s cover.