Chief Keef has built a budding rap career off bullying raps and the real-life drama that often inspires his music and accompanying videos. Unfortunately for the teenage breakout, the same air of danger has landed Keef in jail on Tuesday (January 15).
The “I Don’t Like” rapper, born Keith Cozart, was taken into police custody after a judge ruled that he violated his probation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The ruling comes just a month after the teenaged Keef released his major-label debut Finally Rich on December 18 and a year after he was sentenced to 18 month-probation for pointing a gun at a Chicago police officer.
Last June in an online video interview with Pitchfork, Keef visited a gun range and was seen handling a firearm. The video has since been retracted, but on Tuesday Judge Carl Anthony Walker said that Keef showed a “willful disregard” for the court and he is now being held until Thursday when he will face sentencing. Keef’s attorney Dennis Berkson defended the rapper arguing that the video was strictly for promotional purposes and that he was on private property, but he couldn’t not sway the judge.
Keef, who was present at the hearing didn’t testify nor did he address the judge during the two-hour hearing.
After he broke through in March 2012 with the gun-waving music video for his standout single “I Don’t Like,” Chief Keef took the rap world by storm. Labels lined-up to sign him and artists flocked to collaborate with him. Kanye West would famously remix “I Don’t Like” and use the reworked version as a track on G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer compilation. Yet for all of his building rap fame, Keef also got into a bit of trouble including a brief Twitter beef with Lupe Fiasco and then saw his name come up after the murder of rival rapper Lil Jo Jo.
“Chief Keef is a young boy from Chicago that came through the struggle,” he told MTV News in third person back in August. “He’s got his own style. He ain’t like everybody else. He talks about what’s real. He been through hell and back.”
Whether or not he can bounce back from this however, remains to be seen.
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