Could aspiring teenage rapper Chief Keef be heading back to jail over a freestyle session he did from a New York City gun range for Pitchfork, the Chicago-based music website?
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday that Cook County prosecutors recommended Keef, real name: Keith Cozart, be put in juvenile detention for allegedly violating the terms of his probation because he handled a rifle in the Pitchfork feature and did not earn his GED by a previously agreed-upon deadline.
But Judge Carl Anthony Walker said that Keef, 17, "should be placed on electronic home monitoring" though not locked up prior to a Nov. 20 hearing, according to the Sun-Times. The teen is still in the midst of serving his 18-month probation for pointing a gun at a Chicago police officer and is currently living in Los Angeles.
Prosecutors had argued that such a detention would be for Keef's own safety, as the rapper could be targeted due to a rivalry he had with fellow up-and-coming rapper Joseph Coleman, stage name: "Lil JoJo," who was gunned down in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood early last month.
No arrests have been made in Coleman's slaying and police are currently investigating whether there is a link between tweets that Keef posted shortly after the 18-year-old's death and an ongoing feud between rival gangs in the area. Keef claimed that a hacking of his Twitter account was to blame for the public taunts.
Shortly after the controversy erupted, Pitchfork retracted the Keef "Selector" interview and its editor-in-chief said the feature "never should have happened." (While taken off Pitchfork's website, the NSFW video can still be viewed elsewhere.)
Last week, the top aide of influential hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons said that he wanted to speak with the up-and-coming, Interscope-signed rapper and encourage him to be a more positive force.