By Rob Markman
In his music Chief Keef is raw, unfiltered and straight to the point. His brash rap delivery is part of his musical appeal, but on Thursday (January 17) the 17-year old breakout star made a teary-eyed plea to a judge before he was sentenced to 60 days in juvenile detention for a probation violation. A big departure from the Keef we see in his music videoes.
“I am a very good-hearted person,” Keef said to Judge Carl Anthony with tears in his eyes, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. “I am sorry for anything that I have done wrong. … Give me a chance.”
On Tuesday, Judge Anthony ruled that Keef showed a “willful disregard” for the court when he appeared in a video holding a firearm while conducting an interview at a gun range with popular music site Pitchfork last June. Since the news broke his fans have taken to Twitter using the hashtag #FreeSosa in support of the rap star who dropped his debut album Finally Rich in December.
Keef’s probation stems from an incident last year where he pointed a gun at a police officer. Instead of letting his legal troubles get the best of him Chief Keef hit the big time when the amateurish video for his breakout single “I Don’t Like” hit the Internet in March 2012. The clip has since racked up over 20 million views and launched Keef into the forefront of rap with collaborations with Kanye West, Rick Ross and 50 Cent.
“With Chief Keef, it’s unfortunate to hear that he’s actually locked up,” Fif told MTV News on Wednesday. “I feel bad, because I feel like I knew that was gonna happen. I knew what continues to happen afterwards if you let it spiral out of control.”
Another Keef supporter Waka Flocka Flame, urged the public to support the troubled rap star rather than shun him.
“That Chief Keef situation; that just showed me how people can just disrespect you and accept you at the same time. That’s a kid at the end of the day. I feel like that’s me when I first started rapping, people judged me,” Waka told MTV News today. “It’s just that they judge you because they don’t understand you. Instead of judging the kid and just bashing him down, why not reach an arm out and help him.”
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