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Chief Keef: Troubled fame
Rapper Keith Cozart, better known as Chief Keef, was born to a teenage mother and dropped out of high school to focus on his music with his teenage friend and producer Young Chop, aka Tyree Pittman. A series of mix tapes and club performances built a significant viral following. Soon the major label Interscope -- the home of Dr. Dre and Eminem -- eventually signed him.
In 2011, his life took a turn when he was arrested for pointing a gun at a Chicago police officer and sentenced to 18 months probation. He later served 60 days in jail when he violated probation by firing a rifle in a music video.
In 2012, he found himself in the middle of a murder investigation when aspiring rapper Joseph Coleman, also known as Lil Lojo, was gunned down outside his boyhood home in Englewood. Hours after Coleman's death, Chief Keef sent a taunting tweet about the slain rapper, prompting Chicago police to look into whether their war of words led to the killing. Chief Keef was never charged with any wrongdoing in Coleman's death.
In May 2013, Chief Keef was arrested in Atlanta for smoking marijuana in a hotel room, and was arrested again a week later for going 110 mph on the Edens Expressway in Chicago's northern suburbs.
June 17, 2013