Chicago rapper Chief Keef‘s grandmother has stepped up to defend him in light of murder connection reports after he allegedly mocked the fatal shooting of hip-hop rival Lil JoJo last week.
According to Margaret “Granny” Carter, Keef’s rap persona is far from his actual self.
“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,” Carter 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)
She also said Keef has used his overnight fame to help persuade his cousins to disassociate themselves from potential violence.
In fact, Carter said Chief Keef used his new rap star status to steer his older cousins away from a thug’s life. “He says, ‘You don’t have to do what you doing,’ ” Carter said. “And they say, ‘My little cousin pulled me out of the street.’ ” What rap fans hear in Chief Keef’s songs is what he sees around him — not what he does, she said. And Granny says she’s always been tough on her grandson, who she said got kicked out of school for saying “something stupid.” “I be on his a– all the time. I’m on his a– now,” she said. “I tell him, ‘Things will not go right if you don’t do it right.'” (Sun-Times)
Over the weekend, the teenage rapper sent out his condolences to the family of slain rapper Lil JoJo.
“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″
“album comin 11/27..maybe sooner. fredo gbe mixtape comin soon 2.” (Chief Keef’s Twitter)
Lil JoJo lost his life to gun violence last week in Chicago.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Lil JoJo, 18, whose real name is Joseph Coleman, was gunned down at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday on a street in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. He had been engaged in a running war of words with several rival rappers, among them Chief Keef, who is 17. But Mr. Coleman also had been feuding with a local street gang, the Black Disciples, and the police were investigating whether his death was connected to that dispute, the Sun-Times reported, quoting the police. Hours after the murder, a message appeared on Chief Keef’s Twitter account that appeared to make light of Mr. Coleman’s death. The message drew angry responses from many of Chief Keef’s followers on Twitter. He later sent a message suggesting that his account had been hacked. (New York Times)