Sosa is finally free. Controversial Chicago teen rapper Chief Keef was released from a juvenile detention center yesterday (March 14). The “Don’t Like” rapper served two months for a parole violation. An ill-conceived interview with Pitchfork that was held at a gun range is what sent Keef back to the kiddie bing.
The Chicago Tribune reports:
Some two dozen relatives and supporters snapped photos with their cellphones Thursday as South Side rapper Chief Keef walked out of the Cook County Juvenile Justice Center after completing a 60-day sentence for violating his probation for a gun conviction. The 17-year-old rap sensation was taken into custody Jan. 15 after a juvenile court judge ruled that Chief Keef had violated his probation by firing a rifle at a gun range during an on-camera promotion for his music last summer.
Will Keef get baptized as planned now that he’s a free man, though? Even his grandmother isn’t so sure. “Keith talked to me sideways about it,” Margaret Carter, Keef’s grandmother, told DNAInfo Chicago on Wednesday (March 13). “That’s his old neighborhood pastor. There’s no telling what he told Corey, and if he’ll do something different. But Keith’s little sister says she wants to go with him. And my oldest son says he wants to get baptized again, too. … We’ll see what Sunday brings us.” DNAInfo also reports that Keef is no longer on probation. Check out photos of Keef leaving juvie and his first pics after getting back his freedom in the gallery.
Pitchfork Media will turnover its video interview with Chief Keef at a gun range, the Chicago Tribune reports. By participating in the interview, Keef may have violated the terms of his probation, which bars him from getting his paws on guns. Lawyers for Pitchfork rejected the ruling on grounds that giving the clip to authorities is a violation of First Amendment rights. Nonetheless, Judge Carl Anthony Walker ordered that the recording must be turned in by next Wednesday (Dec. 12), in order to give prosecutors time to build their case. The interview was shot over the summer for Pitchfork’s “Selector” series and shows the teen with a firearm. Prosecutors will argue that he violated his probation by holding the weapon. Keef, born Keith Cozart, has been unable to escape legal trouble since landing on Hip-Hop‘s radar. Over the summer, he was investigated in the murder of rapper Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman, with whom he had beef. Coleman’s mother, Robin Russell, believes that the teen father didn’t actually shoot her son, but paid someone to do so. During an appearance on BET’s Don’t’ Sleep, Russell said that she was in fear for her life, since her son’s death. A hearing on his probation violation has been scheduled for Dec. 17, one day before his Finally Rich debut drops. If convicted, Keef could face jail time.