A Chicago judge has demanded that Pitchfork surrender its video footage of Windy City rapper Chief Keef brandishing a firearm at a New York gun range, says the Chicago Sun-Times. The music site retracted their “Selector” interview with the fast-rising young star upon realizing the clip’s bad taste in light of the gun violence plaguing Chicago’s rap community.
But the 17-year-old MC born Keith Cozart was on an 18-month probation at the time for allegedly pointing a gun at a city police officer. The video made headlines again when it became clear that its very existence was evidence that he had violated his sentence, which included, as SPIN’s Marc Hogan explained: no guns, no illegal drugs, and no associating with gang members.
The Sun-Times also explains that Keef violated his probation by “failing to obtain a GED by a court deadline,” and that Pitchfork’s footage will be used by prosecutors aiming to send him back to jail at a December 17 hearing. That’s sure to be a bittersweet week for Keef, as his major label debut comes out the very next day. It’s title, Finally Rich, may not be the self-fulfilling prophecy he hopes it to be.
Revisit our June profile of Keef and his crew: Chicago Rap Blazes Up From the Streets
Chief Keef, Finally Rich track list:
1. “Love Sosa” feat. Olack
3. “I Don’t Like” feat. Lil Reese
4. “No Tomorrow”
5. “Hate Being Sober” feat. 50 Cent & Wiz Khalifa
6. “Kay Kay”
7. “Laughin’ to the Bank”
8. “Diamonds” feat. French Montana
10. “Understand Me” feat. Young Jeezy
11. “3Hunna” feat. Rick Ross
12. “Finally Rich”