Chicago rapper Chief Keef is receiving some local support courtesy of a retail store rallying behind him during his 60-day juvenile detention sentence with “Free Sosa” clothing.
Chicago’s Exclusive Communications manager said the pro-Keef retail items are to help spark attention and show support for the rapper’s positive contributions.
“I do not support the gang stuff, but I support Chief Keef,” said Steve W., manager of Exclusive Communications, an electronics shop at 857 W. 87th St., who declined to give his last name. “We support all artists. We were messing with [Chief Keef’s] music long before all this other stuff happened.” Steve, 29, added that Chief Keef’s music has inspired others to follow their dreams and put their talents to good use. “[Auburn Gresham] is a dangerous area and a lot of crime happens around here, but to see people like Chief Keef go from a nobody to a somebody is motivation for a whole lot of people,” he said. “He has opened a lot of doors for people and that’s good especially for ‘shorties’ living around here.” Since it opened in 2006, Steve said Exclusive has always been a one-stop shop place loaded with deals for everyone. The retailer sells hoodies, gym shoes, watches, t-shirts, coats, hats, jackets and other items. (DNA Info)
Fellow Chi-Town rapper King Louie is also fully behind the “Free Sosa” movement.
Chicago rapper King Louie, whose real name is Louis Johnson, said he also supports Chief Keef, one of a number of many talents who are making their mark on the national stage. “Everybody should come down here and buy a ‘Free Sosa’ shirt. Much love to my man Chief Keef. I got mad love for him and look forward to him getting out so we can work together,” said King Louie, who was hanging behind the counter at the store Thursday. (DNA Info)
Around mid-January, Keef received a 60-day juvenile detention sentence for violating his probation.
It’s official: 17-year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef is heading to jail over violating the terms of his parole. According to DNAinfo Chicago, Keef — whose real name is Keith Cozart — was sentenced to 60 days of juvenile detentionfor his probation violation in St. Charles, Ill., on Wednesday. Idris “Peeda Pan” Abdul Wahid, part of Cozart’s management team, told Complex that, “overall, I think it’s the best decision to satisfy everybody.” (Huffington Post)
The rapper was placed into police custody earlier the same month for holding a weapon during an interview.
Just weeks after releasing his debut album, “Finally Rich,” South Side rapper Chief Keef was taken in handcuffs from juvenile court Tuesday after a Cook County judge ordered him held in custody. Judge Carl Anthony Walker ruled that Chief Keef had violated his probation for a 2011 gun conviction by holding a rifle at a gun range in New York while a video was being shot last summer. (Chicago Tribune)
Check out some recent Chief Keef footage: