Rovan “Dro” Manuel wants to clear the public perception of his client Chief Keef. He says Keef is getting a bad rap for nothing.
The biggest misconception about Keef, he said, is that he is a “bad person.”
“He’s not the first to put reality-based lyrics as far as like talking about what’s going on in the inner-city for real,” Manuel told Best of Both Offices. “I think that it’s kinda messed up that they wanna blame him for all the murders, all the crime and all this other stuff that’s going on in the Chicago. Keef is a minor. You can look back 18 years in the same neighborhoods where he was growing up and see that they were doing the same damn thing, know what I mean?”
The Interscope artist was sentenced to 60 Days in a juvenile detention center for violating his probation.
Judge Carl Anthony Walker said Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, would have to serve two months in Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, IL.
Chief Keef has been on downward spiral ever since violating several clauses in his probation.
Chief Keef reportedly broke down in tears several times during his court preceding pleading with the judge to not send him to juvenile detention, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
However, Judge Walker reportedly said he would not tolerate the teen’s “blatant violations of the court’s order.”
Judge Walker ordered Chief Keef into custody for his role in operating a firearm during an interview with Pitchfork Media in June 2012. Walker ordered the online music publication to turn over “the entire unedited version” of Chicago rapper Chief Keef holding a rifle at a gun range.
In the video, Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, can be seen shooting the weapon inside the gun range.
Chief Keef was placed on an 18-month probation for pointing a loaded handgun at a Chicago police officer in 2011.
Police responded to a call of shots fired on Dec. 2, 2011 just before noon on the 6100 block of South Indiana, according to DNAinfo.com.
Police confronted Chief Keef as he was walking out of his grandmother’s apartment complex. Chief Keef, who was 16 years old at the time, brandished a loaded “blue-steel handgun” and eluded police for a half-block before being apprehended.
While in pursuit, police fires several shots at Cozart, but missed, according to a police report obtained by DNAinfo.com.
Though the rapper, born Keith Cozart, didn’t fire his weapon, he did point his gun at officers- twice.
Cozart reportedly was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a police officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon- all felonies.
He was sentenced to home confinement at his grandmother’s house- the same home where the viral “I Don’t Like” music video was shot.
The “I Don’t Like” rapper has been under intense scrutiny by Chicago prosecutors for two alleged violations on his probation.
In addition to the online video, The Interscope Recording artist failed to earn his GED by an August deadline. The rapper also was found associating with Black Disciple gang members after police responded to a call of gang disturbance in the 6300 block of South King Drive, according to the Sun Times.
Chief Keef’s probation prohibits him from having any guns or illegal drugs or associating with gang members.
“He is still blowing off this court. He is still doing what he wants to do,” Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Julian Brevard said in a Nov. 2 court hearing, according to the Sun Times.
His “whole image is that he is a tough guy,” he added.
Chief Keef posted defiant messages on Nov. 2 to his Twitter account, according to the Sun Times.
“Prosecutors want me back in jail?! I aint going!!!! … IM out here tryin to get this money & they wanna stop me from shining!!!” he wrote.
Judge Carl Anthony Walker ruled he wouldn’t lock up the 17-year-old rapper before a Nov. 20 hearing. Though he acknowledge Chief Keef should be placed on “electronic home monitoring.”
Chief Keef reportedly left court pumping his fists in a display of victory. According to the Sun Times, he told a reporter before his court proceeding that it would be “a piece of cake.”
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