A “beef” between Chicago rapper Chief Keef and the previous tenants of a Minneapolis-area home stemming from online video-gaming has left three women temporarily homeless, according to a report from Channel 9 KMSP, a local Fox affiliate.
20-year-old Keith Cozart, who goes by the stage name “Chief Keef”, sent out a tweet asking for his fans to throw “eggs and sh*t” at a house and subsequently tweeted the address, which is no longer posted.
Unfortunately for Ashley and her two roommates, the people Chief Keef was trying to mess with had already moved out of the house months before. Ashley and her two roommates were forced to leave their house for fear of their own safety after Keef’s fans began showing up to their home. Ashley is now temporarily living out of her car.
While he has not been legally charged with a crime as of the writing of this post, this is the latest in a series of troubling events over the past few years of Chief Keef’s life. Before becoming one of the better known rappers of his generation, Keith Cozart was arrested for heroin manufacturing and sentenced to house arrest. That is when Mr. Cozart became Mr. Keef and began rapping and filming music videos in his home.
After becoming the face of Chicago’s “Drill” music scene with his hit song “I Don’t Like” – remixed by non other than Chicago and rap legend Kanye West and is very NSFW – Keef began to take heat from anti-violence and women groups for the way in which Chief Keef glorified gang life.
His music’s aggressive and “gangster” style was seen by many as having a negative influence on the young people who lived in the Chicago neighborhoods most affected by the rise in the street violence over the last half-decade.
While most of his arrests (of which there are plenty) were due to smoking weed in public and disorderly conduct, prosecutors asked for the state to arrest the rapper for violating his probation by being filmed holding weapons at a gun range. While this led to Chief Keef moving to Los Angeles to avoid prosecution, a feud stemming from the beginning of his career may have been the catalyst for the anti-Keef backlash the artist has experienced in the past few years.
The death of rapper Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman put Chief Keef at the center of another local -and national -controversy. Shortly before the death of Lil JoJo (who was one of Chief Keef’s local rivals), members of Keef’s entourage posted a video threatening and harassing Lil JoJo. Keef didn’t help matters by tweeting that Lil JoJo wanted to “be just like us” with the hashtag #LMAO the day Lil JoJo’s death was announced. While no one has officially charged Keef or his entourage with anything in connection with the case, rumors still fly as to who killed 18-year-old Joseph Coleman.
Chief Keef also made news recently for having a hologram concert to raise money for a member of his entourage who had recently been killed in Indiana shut down prematurely.
While the popular saying states that any publicity is good publicity, that may not be the case with Chief Keef. Whether it was due to his debut album performing poorly or all the negative publicity surrounding the rapper, Interscope Records dropped Keef from the label in late 2014. While he has already signed for a new label and is currently working on a new album, the rapper now makes more news for his legal troubles than for his music. That is something Chief Keef definitely does not like.