Mega producer Swizz Beatz recently discussed the gun control debate and why people need to lay off pointing their fingers at rap newcomer Chief Keef for contributing to Chicago’s violence.
In Swizzy’s perspective, there is not enough effort being made for troubled youth in America.
“I think it’s bigger than him. Chief Keef is just a name people can relate to because he’s in the entertainment business. But, I think the real reason is the youth, period, with nowhere to go, no plans, and they’re just resorting to living however they want to live. You go to a different country and they don’t have no support, no food, it’s the same thing. It’s just that we’re knowing about it more because there’s a celebrity name involved, but I wouldn’t even put that on him. This has been going on for years. They shut down the whole Cabrini-Green a long time ago. This been happening. But the key thing is how is it going to stop happening? Is it arts? Is it music? That’s the thing to figure out.” (Global Grind)
Fellow hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame recently gave his take on Chief Keef’s publicized legal woes.
“People like me, I could just show him the bigger picture like, ‘You ain’t gotta hold no gun in no interview. It’s bigger than that, you’re already there. Get your people out,’ ” Waka said in an interview. “That goes to show people don’t care about the situation they just gonna laugh at the lifestyle. … That Chief Keef situation; that just showed me how people can just disrespect you and accept you at the same time. That’s a kid at the end of the day. I feel like that’s me when I first started rapping, people judged me. It’s just that they judge you because they don’t understand you. Instead of judging the kid and just bashing him down, why not reach an arm out and help him.” (MTV)
Reports of Keef’s 60-day juvenile detention sentence emerged last Thursday (January 17).
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 got placed into police custody earlier this 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)