Early in his music career, Keef's song "I Don't Like" became a local hit in Chicago, which was described by a local party promoter, as "the perfect Chicago song because 'niggas just hate everything out here.'" While 2013 proved to be a relatively quiet year, in terms of his music output, Keef began the year by signing with Interscope Records, as a separate deal promised his own label imprint, Glory Boyz Entertainment (GBE).
Keef's contributions to the track were praised by musician Lou Reed, with Reed stating, "'Hold My Liquor' is just heartbreaking, and particularly coming from where it's coming from – listen to that incredibly poignant hook from a tough guy like Chief Keef, wow." Keef began experimenting with the production of his music in 2014, which Meaghan Garvey of The Fader noted as being fitting for Keef, as the rapper has "always been more concerned with vibe than meaning, and production is his most efficient tool to create a mood without getting bogged down by pesky syntax." During the month, Keef stated that his former lean addiction and bad mixing contributed to the lack of quality music on his two mixtape projects Bang Pt.
His increasing popularity led to him being the subject of a brief bidding war among labels.
Ultimately, Keef signed a major record deal with Interscope Records and later signed with 1017 Brick Squad.
In December, Keef fired gunshots from a Pontiac Grand Prix in Chicago's Washington Park neighborhood.
Police showed up at the scene and the incident resulted in Keef being arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
Keef's hologram was able to plea for peace in Chicago, stating, "Stop the violence, stop nonsense, stop the killing.
Let the kids grow up," before performing "I Don't Like".
David Drake of Pitchfork Media, stated, "For his first steps into rapper-producer territory, he shows promise—though it's tough to imagine most of these beats working outside the context of a Chief Keef album, as they are primed to frame his vocals." Rolling Stone ranked the mixtape 25th on its list of the 40 best rap albums of 2014, with the publication commenting, "The bleak world from which he came still shapes his sound; it's a bleak and lonely record, with few guests and a darkly psychedelic shape formed by drugs and likely PTSD.
2 and Almighty So and that he was also disappointed in both projects.
In March, Keef released the first official single from Bang 3 entitled "Fuck Rehab" featuring his fellow Glo Gang artist and cousin Mario "Blood Money" Hess, which marked Hess's final appearance on a song before his death on April 9, 2014.
Keef believed that his move to Los Angeles benefited him; in an interview with Billboard, Keef stated "I got away from all the unnecessary trouble. A.] than in Chicago, because I got in so much trouble. A policeman stopped to question the rapper, who dropped the coat, flashed a handgun and ran away.
Officers chased then 16-year-old Keef, who turned around several times and pointed the gun at them.
Keef was consequently placed under house arrest at his grandmother's house for 30 days, followed by another 30 days of home confinement.