Chief Keef Sentenced to 60 Days over Probation Violation

Chief Keef Sentenced to 60 Days over Probation Violation
A Chicago judge has handed Chief Keef a 60-day sentence in a juvenile detention centre over the rapper's probation violation by handling a firearm during a video shoot last summer — an incident that already had the rapper taken into custody earlier this week.

DNA Info reports that Judge Carl Anthony Walker delivered the two-month sentence today (January 17) in juvenile court, calling the rising but controversial rap star "detrimental to the people of Illinois." The violation occurred last June when 17-year-old Keef (born Keith Cozart) visited a gun range in New York with Pitchfork. At the time, he was on probation following a 2011 offence where he pointed a gun at Chicago police officers.

"I beg you please," Keef told the court. "Give me one more chance to show you... I am a very good-hearted person. I have not picked up any more cases... That's not my life anymore."

Prosecutors had turned Cozart's music against him, using Finally Rich track "Love Sosa," replete with gangs-and-guns-centred lyrics and his go-to vocal tick "Bang Bang," to demonstrate that they believed the rapper was unrepentant over his past offences. Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Jullian Brevard added that Keef "thumbed his nose at the court" by bragging about gunplay in his music, and said that no one "put a gun to his head" to get him to shoot a firearm for Pitchfork.

Cozart's lawyer Dennis Berkson argued that his client's actions were "stupid," but said that since the interview took place on a gun range and not the streets, and was at a meeting attended by members of Interscope Records, the move didn't violate the "spirit" of Keef's probation. "This is no different than if he was in a movie," he said.

Prosecutors answered that Keef must answer to a "higher authority ... above Interscope Records."

According to the report, a new Chief Keef song is scheduled to drop tonight.