Joining the steady stream of talent from Chicago which has given us stars like Kanye West, Lil Bibby and Lupe Fiasco, is Chief Keef, a fast-rising rapper making a name for himself on the music scene.
Born Keith Farrelle Cozart, Chief Keef is a mixtape artist, rapper and record producer. He was born on August 15, 1995, in Chicago. He attended Dulles Elementary School and the Banner School, a therapeutic day school. Keef dropped out of Dyett High School at age 15. He began active rap in 2011 after dropping out of school. Unsurprisingly, his first and immediate fan base was from his neighborhood and schoolmates. In December 2011, Keef had the first of his very many brushes with local law enforcement when he was arrested for firing illegal firearms.
He was consequently placed under house arrest at his grandmother’s house for 30 days, followed by another 30 days of home confinement. While under house arrest, Chief Keef kept putting out content on YouTube, the more music he put out, the more popular he seemed to become. His Mix tapes – Bang, Back From the Dead, and music videos, including “I Don’t Like” became instant hits across Chicago’s Airwaves.
By the time his house arrest was over, a video of young kids’ hysterical celebrations at Keef’s release broke the internet. All these culminated in skyrocketing his popular appeal among youths to a whole new level. His popularity didn’t go unnoticed among Chicago’s big hitters, star rapper Kanye West was the next to fall in love with Keef’s style, releasing a remix of Chief Keef’s hit I Don’t like It with rappers Pusha T, Jadakiss and Big Sean.
Keef released his debut studio album ‘Finally Rich’ in December 2012 and featured songs in collaboration with successful names such as Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa and 50 Cent. In January 2013, Keef finally signed a deal with Interscope Records worth $6,000,000 over a three album layout, as well as an additional $440,000 in advance, to set up his own record label Glory Boyz Entertainment.
In mid-2013, Keef was featured on a track in Kanye West’s album ‘Yeezus’ in the song Hold my Liquor and his part in it was immensely praised by Kanye himself.
Bang 3, Part 1 was released in the year 2015 and this was successful too. He released the continued version of this album the very same year and it was named Bang 3, Part 2. On February 18, 2015, Keef released Sorry 4 the Weight, a 20-track mixtape
In March 2016, Chief Keef announced via his twitter handle that he was retiring from rap. For a 21-year-old artist at the time, it was a strange decision. However, in January 2017, Keef released a 17-track mixtape Two Zero One Seven. He went ahead to release four more mixtapes in the lead up to the release of his third album, Dedication, on December 1, 2017.
Putting into consideration his lucrative contract with Interscope Records, and his performance fees, his net worth is put at $4 million
Chief Keef’s Baby Mama and Kids
For someone so young, Chief Keef has had a rough time with commitments and fatherhood. At 16, he had a daughter named Kayden Kash Cozart in 2011. He and his baby mama have had numerous child support rows along the way. Two years later, another baby mama surfaced claiming Keef to be the father of her daughter; DNA documents later revealed that Keef was actually the father. She was named Kimora Sosha Kozart.
In September 2014, Keef announced the birth of his third child, and first son, Krüe Karter Cozart and stirred controversy when he named his son after the record label he had just signed for. He named him Sno Filmon Dot Com Cozart. The middle name, Filmon Dot Com, is in reference to FilmOn Entertainment, owned by billionaire Alki David who issued a press statement to the effect that Chief Keef and his newest baby mama have agreed to name the newborn Sno FilmOn Dot Com Cozart in order to promote the release of the album Bang 3.
Chief Keef’s Mom
Chief Keef’s mother is Lolita Carter. Keef never had a relationship with his father, leaving his upbringing to his mother and grandmother. At the age of five, while living with his grandma, Keith would use his mother’s karaoke machine and blank tapes to record his rap and record.
For someone her age, Lolita is always in the news for all the controversial reasons. Her clashes have been with rappers, most of which are his son’s age. In an interview, Chicago rapper FBG Cashout claimed to have had sexual relations with Lolita. There’s been authentication to the claim though.
Keef has a well-built physique and stands at 1.83 meters