Published Sep 06, 2012While his career is on an upward trajectory thanks to his viral street anthem "I Don't Like" and recent deal with Interscope Records, Chicago rapper Chief Keef is now facing a different kind of attention from the Chicago police department.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Keef (born Keith Cozart) is being investigated for the possible connection to the murder of 18-year-old rival rapper Joseph "JoJo" Coleman, who was gunned down in what was reportedly a drive-by shooting in Chicago on Tuesday (September 4).
JoJo recently released two diss tracks aimed at Keef's crew (specifically the rapper Lil Reese) in "3hunnak" and "I Got Dat Sack." The video for the former also included shots of the rapper showing off his gun collection and referencing his affiliation with the Brick Squad gang.
Before his death, JoJo uploaded a video (see below) that saw him drive up to Lil Reese and shout out "Brick Squad," to which Reese appears to reply "I'm going to kill you." Hours later, JoJo was found dead.
Rather callously, Chief Keef responded to the news of JoJo's passing with some jokes on Twitter, writing, "Its Sad Cuz Dat Nigga Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO" and "Niggas dry snitching #ShhhhhhhhBrickboyz."
Many of Keef's tweets also include the hashtag "#300," which is a reference to the Chicago gang Black Disciples.
Lil Reese, meanwhile, tweeted, "Damn I just wke up 2da jojo shit fuck Em…."
Keef's manager, Rovan Manuel, told the Sun-Times he didn't think the tweets meant "anything personally." He added Keef had a beef with JoJo only because "that kid made songs like Keef."
"A lot of the stuff Keef does, that's just cause he's a kid," Manuel said. "People forget that he's a kid, a teenager … and kids make mistakes. He makes mistakes the hard way."
For now, Chicago police are investigating whether Coleman had any gang affiliations, and whether Keef or his crew are connected to gangs or Coleman's murder, according to the report.