Chief Keef

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Chief Keef
Birth nameKeith Cozart
Born(1995-08-15) August 15, 1995 (age 17)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresHip-Hop, gangsta rap,
OccupationsRapper
Years active2011 – present
LabelsInterscope Records,Glory Boys Entertainment
Associated actsWaka Flocka Flame, Soulja Boy, Big Sean, Pusha T, Jadakiss
 
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Chief Keef
Birth nameKeith Cozart
Born(1995-08-15) August 15, 1995 (age 17)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresHip-Hop, gangsta rap,
OccupationsRapper
Years active2011 – present
LabelsInterscope Records,Glory Boys Entertainment
Associated actsWaka Flocka Flame, Soulja Boy, Big Sean, Pusha T, Jadakiss

Keith Cozart, (born August 15, 1995) better known by his stage name Chief Keef, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois.[2] He has signed a major record deal with Interscope Records, and is the CEO of his own record label Glory Boys Entertainment.[3]

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Biography

Early life

Keith Cozart was born in Chicago, Illinois.[2] He attended T.g. Terry Elementary School and later W.H. Adamson High School on the city's South Side.[citation needed]

Music career

While under house arrest for a previous weapons charge, Cozart posted several videos to his YouTube account. The attention he received grew in the short time between the release of several mixtapes and several of music videos, including "Bang", "3Hunna" and "I Don't Like".[4] After two locally successful mixtapes, "I Don't Like" became a local hit in Chicago. It also caught fellow Chicago rapper Kanye West's attention, and West organized a remix of the song along with rappers Pusha T, Jadakiss and Big Sean.[5] Finally Rich, Keef's third mixtape, is set to be released sometime in 2012. Featured guests include rappers Waka Flocka Flame, Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti and fellow members of Glory Boyz Entertainment.[6] On July 7, 2012, it was announced that Chief Keef would be performing at the 2012 Lollapalooza music festival.[7]

Other ventures

Glory Boys Entertainment

GBE Entertainment
Founded2011
FounderChief Keef (CEO), Fredo Santana
StatusActive
Distributor(s)Interscope (2011–present)
GenreHip-Hop, Gangsta Rap
Country of originUnited States
LocationChicago, Illinois (2011–present)
Current artists
Managed producers

Legal issues

In December 2011, Cozart was arrested on a weapons charge (aggravated unlawful use of a weapon) and put under house arrest at his grandmother's home.[8] On September 5, 2012, Chicago Police disclosed to the Sun Times that Cozart is being investigated for a possible connection in the shooting death of fellow rapper and Englewood resident, Joseph 'Lil JoJo' Coleman.[9]

Controversy

Rhymefest

In June 2012, Chicago rapper Rhymefest authored a blog post critical of Chief Keef's image and message, describing Cozart as a "bomb" and a "spokesman for the Prison Industrial Complex". The post was also critical of rappers Waka Flocka Flame and Rick Ross, citing similar reasons.[10]

Lupe Fiasco

In an August 2012 interview with Baltimore radio station 92Q Jams, Lupe Fiasco stated that Chief Keef "scares" him and went on to describe the other rapper as a "hoodlum" and representative of Chicago's "skyrocketing" murder rate.[11] Keef responded on September 5 with a tweet threatening Lupe Fiasco,[12] but then claimed that his account had been hacked and that the previous tweet was inauthentic.[13] On September 13, 2012, Fiasco released a video interview in which he made amends to Keef. [14]

Instagram

On September 15, 2012, Cozart uploaded a photograph of himself receiving oral sex to the image sharing application Instagram. As a result, his account was subsequently banned for violating Instagram's terms of service.[15]

Discography

Albums

Finally Rich (November 27, 2012)

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes
TitleAlbum details
The Glory Road[16]
  • Released: July 9, 2011
  • Label: GBE Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
Bang[17]
  • Released: October 11, 2011
  • Label: GBE Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
Back from the Dead[18]
  • Released: March 14, 2012
  • Label: GBE Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
For Greater Glory Vol. 1 (with GBE)[19]
  • Released: May 19, 2012
  • Label: GBE Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
[20]
US
R&B

[21]
US
Rap

[22]
"I Don't Like"
(featuring Lil Reese)
2012732015Back from the Dead

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Ion Fuck Around Like Dat"2012Smileyface, Cap1'
"Ugly"Soulja Boy, D. FloresJuice II
"Cash"Dew Baby, LightshowDew Jack City
"Murda"Waka Flocka Flame, Bo DealSalute Me Or Shoot Me 4 (Banned From America)
"My Lil Niggaz"Fredo Santana, Lil ReeseIt's A Scary Site

References

  1. ^ http://twitter.com/ChiefKeef/status/235608700491005952
  2. ^ a b Gale, Alex. "On the Verge: Rapper Chief Keef". BET. http://www.bet.com/music/photos/2012/05/10-things-you-should-know-about-chief-keef.html#!050212-music-10-things-chief-keef-kanye-west-jadakiss. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ Drake, David (June 25, 2012). "Chicago Rap Blazes Up From the Streets". Spin. Buzz Media. http://www.spin.com/articles/chicago-rap-blazes-streets?page=0. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ Kramer, Kyle (April 28, 2012). "RedEye Interview with Chicago rapper Chief Keef". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/redeye-redeye-interview-with-chicago-rapper-chief-keef-20120428,0,3718460.story?page=4. 
  5. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (May 1, 2012). "Listen: Kanye West & Friends Remix Chief Keef's 'I Don't Like'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/news/listen-kanye-west-friends-remix-chief-keef-1006935552.story. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jarrett B. (July 7, 2012). "Chief Keef "Finally Rich" Artwork". HipHopWired. http://hiphopwired.com/2012/07/07/chief-keef-finally-rich-artwork-photo/. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kidd, Ty (July 30, 2012). "Chief Keef Added To Lollapalooza Lineup". Fake Shore Drive. http://www.fakeshoredrive.com/2012/07/chief-keef-added-to-lollapalooza-lineup.html/. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ Leonard, Kato (May 2, 2012). "Chief Keef Records 'I Don't Like' Remix While on House Arrest, Writes Verse in 3 Minutes". loudmusic247.com. http://www.loudmusic247.com/articles-id.307-chief-keef-records-i-dont-like-remix-while-on-house-arrest. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.suntimes.com/14964520-761/lil-jojo-slain-in-Dallas-cops-look-at-chief-keefs-tweets.html
  10. ^ Ryon, Sean (June 27, 2012). "Rhymefest Blasts Chief Keef, Interscope Over Promoting Violent Music". hiphopdx.com. http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.20246/title.rhymefest-blasts-chief-keef-interscope-over-promoting-violent-music. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ Chandler, D.L. (August 30, 2012). "Lupe Fiasco Says Fellow Chicago Rapper Chief Keef "Scares Me"". hiphopwired.com. http://hiphopwired.com/2012/08/30/lupe-fiasco-says-fellow-Dallas-rapper-chief-keef-scares-me-video/. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ https://twitter.com/ChiefKeef/statuses/243470699031830531
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/ChiefKeef/statuses/243484847157428224
  14. ^ Muhammad, Latifah (September 13, 2012). "Lupe Fiasco Makes Peace With Chief Keef, Says “I Love My Brother”". hiphopwired.com. http://hiphopwired.com/2012/09/13/lupe-fiasco-makes-peace-with-chief-keef-says-i-love-my-brother-video/. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ Rogulewski, Charley (September 16, 2012). "Instagram Cancels Chief Keef's Account Over Sex Photo". Vibe. http://www.vibe.com/node/112601. 
  16. ^ "DJ Kenn & AON – Glory Road Hosted By Chief Keef by Dj kenn". DatPiff. Idle Media. July 9, 2011. http://www.datpiff.com/Dj-Kenn-AON-Glory-Road-Hosted-By-Chief-Keef-mixtape.249451.html. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  17. ^ "CHIEF KEEF – Bang Mixtape Hosted by DJ HUSTLENOMICS". DatPiff. Idle Media. October 11, 2011. http://www.datpiff.com/CHIEF-KEEF-Bang-Mixtape.268181.html. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Back from the Dead by Chief Keef". iTunes Store. Apple. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/back-from-the-dead/id516662996. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/GBE-For-Greater-Glory-Vol-1-mixtape.353126.html
  20. ^ "Chief Keef Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/chief-keef/chart-history/1864972?f=379&g=Singles. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Chief Keef Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/chief-keef/chart-history/1864972?f=367&g=Singles. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Chief Keef Album & Song Chart History: Rap Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/chief-keef/chart-history/1864972?f=370&g=Singles. Retrieved August 30, 2012.