News: Chief Keef Catches Bad Press On ABC News Special [Video]
Monday, Oct 22, 2012 11:15AM
Chicago's Chief Keef cannot steer clear from bad press as of late, now getting featured in an ABC News "Hidden America: Don't Shot I Want To Grow Up" special on violence.
In the special, attention is placed on gang violence and, specifically, Keef's possible connection to music rival Lil Jojo's recent slaying.
The 17-year-old controversial rapper from Chicago's South side, who spits beats about a murderous thug life, has had his career explode in the past year. His Youtube videos and an endorsement from 50 Cent helped catapult him to rap stardom. Keef now reportedly has a $3 million record deal with Interscope Records. Another South Side teen rapper looking for his big break was Joseph "Lil Jojo" Coleman. The 18-year-old aspiring rapper allegedly tried to start an online feud with Keef. Jojo's first rap, "3HunnaK," was reportedly a diss at Keef. It remixed Keef's hit song, "3Hunna" -- 300 is a reference to the street gang, Black Disciples -- while it promoted BDK, which stands for Black Disciple Killers. The "K" in "3HunnaK" also stands for "killer." (ABC News)
The feature also pointed out Keef's reaction to Jojo's fatal shooting.
Jojo's video shows the young rapper and others pointing handguns at the camera, holding a stack of cash and having an array of bullets on a table. The video has over 400,000 views on Youtube. On Sept. 4, Jojo was shot and killed in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood while riding on the back of a friend's bicycle after tweeting his location. Shortly after he was gunned down, a tweet from Keef's account said, "Its Sad Cuz Dat N---- Jojo Wanted to Be Jus Like Us #LMAO," the online slang for "laughing my a-- off." The mocking tweet sparked wide outrage online, even from Keef's 275,000 followers. Keef followed up with a series of apologetic tweets, saying he had nothing to do with Jojo's killing and his account had been hacked. "I didn't know him but he young jus like me. i can assure everyone that i had nothin 2 do with this tragedy tho. my twitter acct was hacked," Keef tweeted on Sept. 5. (ABC News)
To add insult to injury, Keef could be going back to jail in the near future over a reported probation violation.
With the 17-year-old rapper listening, Cook County prosecutors outlined why they think the Interscope Records artist should be returned to juvenile detention. The rapper, whose real name is Keith Cozart, is serving 18 months of probation for pointing a gun at a Chicago cop. He was also found delinquent on two other felonies. Prosecutors argued he violated the probation by having a gun in a video posted online. They pointed to a recorded media interview the rapper did in June at a gun range in New York, where he can be seen with a gun. That's a probation violation, prosecutors argued, because his probation bans him from having any guns or illegal drugs or associating with gang members. (Sun Times)
Rather than make an immediate decision, a judge scheduled another court hearing.
Cook County prosecutors say that because Keef can be seen with a gun in the Pitchfork video, he is violating probation conditions that prohibit him from having any firearms or illegal drugs or associating with gang members. Prosecutors also pointed to Keef's failure to earn a GED before a deadline set by his probation, and a September 30th incident when Chicago police found Keef with members of the Black Disciple gang while responding to a call of gang disturbance. Keef has another hearing scheduled for November 20th. (Rolling Stone)
Check out a portion of the ABC News coverage below: