by Leor Galil
While the prosecution couldn't make a case for Keef's alleged new residency, folks outside the courtroom had fun with the story. Early Wednesday morning Northbrook Public Library's Twitter account had a message about the MC's rumored new residence:
Welcome to the neighborhood @ChiefKeef! Northbrook is a wonderful community! We have your new album on order...
According to virtual services librarian Cathleen Doyle the message's intent was to promote the library's CD collection. Although that tweet and a follow-up correcting rumors of Keef's address did link to the library's music selections, the messages were eventually removed; however here are screen shots of the original tweets.
Those Twitter notes are gone, but Keef's recent major-label debut, Finally Rich, will soon be available to borrow from Northbrook Public Library; the lightning-rod MC's CD is in the process of being added to the music collection. Finally Rich might appear to be an odd, perhaps even unwelcome, addition to the stacks, but librarian Andy Kim had his reasons for adding the album to the collection. "He is a local artist and it is his debut album, and in some music circles he's considered somewhat of a rising star," Kim says.
Kim is one of the primary music selectors at Northbrook Public Library, and he's pretty dedicated to gathering albums that can inform a body of great depth. "We like to have a cultural and historical significance to our collection as well," Kim says. Finally Rich is certainly culturally and historically significant—considering Keef helped bring national attention to the local hip-hop scene—and while the rapper's negative reputation may keep his album out of other libraries, Kim thought it was important enough to include it in Northbrook's selection anyway. "We know that not every public library in this area may want to take a chance on purchasing this disc," he says.
The librarians at Northbrook pinpoint albums to add to its circulation by following a collection-development policy (the same one they use for the book selection) and by reviewing specialty sources—in the case of music those sources are magazines such as Billboard and sites such as Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound. "If there are reviews available, I'll read reviews, as many as I can, before I place an order," Kim says. "And run through as many websites as I can to see if it's something that can circulate due to popularity." According to Fake Shore Drive Finally Rich sold 50,000 copies its first week, which fits the "popularity" definition.
According to Kim there are already two hold requests for Finally Rich. While he recognizes Keef's popularity, Kim isn't much of a fan; he was only familiar with "I Don't Like," and the tune didn't rank terribly high for Kim. "On a scale of one through ten, [it's] maybe a five or six," he says. "It didn't really catch my ear."