Chicago prosecutors reportedly want to see teenage rap star Chief Keef behind bars after violating his probation earlier this year by visiting a gun range.
According to reports, Keef placed himself into this predicament by totting a gun in an early summer video.
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 has 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)
Recently, Keef caught bad press after getting linked to the fatal shooting of a music rival.
“Let’s be real, I’m always saying, ‘Cut that down, turn that off, that’s too loud’ when he’s doing all that music,” Chief Keef’s grandmother said. “And girls is his thing. Girls, girls, girls. I get sick of all them girls.” All Chief Keef’s bad-boy bluster — and the police investigation into his gang ties regarding Coleman’s murder — “ain’t nothing but bull stuff,” Carter said. “How can he be doing all that gang stuff when he’s always home and when he’s not at home he’s out of town with me or his uncle. . . . And where’s this gang at? In my kitchen? In my basement? Where they at? In my refrigerator where he go all the time?” Carter said, referring her grandson’s regular routine around the house. “Look, I’m granny. That’s what they call me and I didn’t grow up with none of that mess. That don’t go in my god—- house.” (Sun-Times)
Despite the media hype, Chief later went on Twitter to pay homage to the fallen hip-hop artist.
“I appreciate music, so I’m going to focus on that and sign off of Twitter I won’t have anything to say until my album drop 11/27 #R.I.Pjojo,” Chief Keef tweeted September 8th.
“i got a LOTTA sh*t 2 say but this aint da place…my music is. i love chicago & i wanna make this sh*t big for us! tell our story. #300″
“since i was put in a messed up spot i think that i finna sign off this twitter sh*t for awhile or at least til my album drops on 11/27″ (Chief Keef’s Twitter)