Chief Keef jailed for probation violation after Pitchfork videoBy Ru Johnson | January 17th, 2013 | 3 comments
In a surprise to no one, troubled Chicago rapper Chief Keef has been jailed for probation violation following a Pitchfork video showing him with a gun, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Keef is most famous for rapping about a litany of things he “don’t like,” in a song called “I Don’t Like.” Last April, Keef (real name Keith Cozart) was shown in a documentary filmed by Pitchfork Magazine holding a firearm at a gun range in New York. At the time Chief Keef was on probation for pointing a gun at a Chicago police officer, and the clip with Pitchfork was a violation of his probation. The video has since been removed from Pitchfork’s website.
This is the latest in a string of troubles for the young rapper who showed promise after signing to Interscope Records, with a co-sign from 50 Cent. Every rapper from Lil Wayne to TI offered up a remix of his hit “I Don’t Like,” propelling Chief Keef to greater fame before the release of his debut “Finally Rich”. Released last quarter, the reviews were split down the middle, with many critics saying he lacks the true breadth of experience he attempted to portray on the album.
The Chicago Sun Times reports Chief Keef was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and will have a sentencing hearing tomorrow. His attorney argues Keef was making a “publicity film,” but the judge found the 17-year old in violation of his probation.
Ru Johnson is an arts and culture music writer living in Denver. You can follow her on Twitter here.