Recently, posters promoting the major label debut of Chicago rapper Chief Keef have been plastered on city property and in public spaces around the city's Englewood neighborhood, and they've caught the eye of more than just the neighbors.
Chicago police have spied the posters around the South Side neighborhood, and on roadside billboards along stretches near 56th and Racine, according to the Sun-Times. Now that the promos are up, cops are ready to take the poster hangers down and say whoever erected them will face citations should they return to replace them.
According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (10-8-320, Posting bills), the Chief Keef album promo posters would be considered "commercial advertising matter." If caught, the individuals who installed the posters could face fines of $200 and $1,000.
Police insist they aren't singling Keef out, though Thursday, the Red Eye reported Keef's management called the police's actions "unfair."
Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, has been living in California the past several months while he completes his debut album for Interscope Records. The teen will be back in Chicago the day after its Dec. 17 release for a hearing related to a potential violation of his 18-month probation.
Cozart earned the probation after he allegedly pointed a gun at a police officer and may have broken the terms of his agreement when he videotaped at a gun range for an interview with Pitchfork. A judge ruled last week that the music website needed to hand over its raw footage of the segment.