Chief Keef, aka Sosa, aka Keith Cozart, the 17-year-old rapper from Chicago, Ill., was arrested on Jan. 15. As reported at the Chicago Sun-Times, Cozart was taken into custody for probation violation after a video surfaced of him shooting a gun at a New York gun range as part a promotion.
Last January, the rapper was sentenced to 18 months probation for pointing a gun at Chicago Police officers. Said Judge Carl Anthony Walker, "There is a clear record of a disregard for the court’s authority."
Predictably, fans have hopped on Twitter in support of the "Finally Rich" rapper with hashtags like #freechiefkeef and #freesosa.
"Dear prosecutors we trade you soulja boy for Sosa #FreeChiefKeef." - Dat Beaner Brayan
Gangsta rap, a genre of hip-hop, is highlighted by inner-city life, violence, guns, drugs, crime, money and death. Popular gangsta rappers include Ice T., N.W.A., Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. Chief Keef is considered a gangsta rapper. Not only is he from the crime riddled Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, his lyrics represent where he grew up.
"Choppers get let off (let off)
Now they don't want no war (they don't)
30 clips and them 4'5s gotta go back to that store
And that kush getting smoked gotta go back to the store
Cock back at the store, my man's gone blow
So they ass better get low
Or get hit
Gangsta rappers generally come from the ghetto, or the "hood," and they are unapologetic in their songs or their lyrics. Given Sosa's background, is it any surprise that a gangsta rapper would add "jail" to his CV? As gangsta rapper 50 Cent famously rapped to rappers he claimed call themselves gangstas but have never lived the lifestyle:
"You say you a gangsta, but you never pop nuttin'
We say you a wanksta, and you need to stop frontin'
You go to the dealership, but you never cop nuttin'
You been hustling a long time, and you ain't got nuttin'"
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