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December 17, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
*** (out of four) In the span of a year, 17-year-old rapper and Englewood native Chief Keef went from being a kid caught with a gun to a figurehead for all of Chicago's violence. Yet Keef's Interscope debut, "Finally Rich," contrary to what some may expect, is not a collection of songs about gun violence. Keef talks way more about having money and doing drugs and continues to show that he cannot be classified as a one-note artist. His songs are too immediate, not to mention fun to sing along with.
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May 1, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Here's a video from a guy named Brewski. (Yup, Brewski.) In the promo e-mail I got earlier containing this video, he was dubbed "The white Chief Keef. " After reading that, I made this face:   Now, if you'll excuse me, I'd like to address young Brewski and his team: Look, I get it. I get it! You've invested time and money in a rap career bolstered by your bros and well-intended yet misled black guys named Chris whom you played rec league basketball with, and hey, good on you for that.
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November 12, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
2012 has certainly been Chief Keef's year: the 17-year-old Chicago emcee was freed from prison, dropped "Don't Like," was remixed by Kanye, performed at Lolla, tweeted in bad taste over a rival rapper's death, Instagrammed oral sex, signed to a major label and is getting his own Beats by Keef headphones. And he's also going to release a real album with music. That's assuming his "Finally Rich" album from Interscope doesn't get pushed back from its Dec. 18 release date, which has pretty much become the standard for most rap albums anymore.
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April 22, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye
Saint Millie is screwed. OK, maybe that's pushing it. But it only sort of matters that the 22-year-old Oak Park native (born Milton McKinney) is talented and professional and honest in interviews; that he's personable in ways that rappers often aren't. It's more significant that in the years since rap has moved from party jams over looped disco hits to gritty street narratives to material opulence, the pool of rappers has grown into an ocean. Literally thousands of acts are clamoring for the worldwide superstardom awarded to a select few (like recent Chicago breakout stars Chief Keef and Chance the...
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December 13, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
Chief Keef's management said Thursday that it's “unfair” to target individuals hanging posters in the city promoting the rapper's upcoming album. The comments came as the Sun Times reported Wednesday  that police Union Vice President Daniel Gorman said posters promoting the album “Finally Rich,” which debuts next Tuesday, are a “slap in the face” to officers who serve in South Side communities. “It seems as if he's being hailed a hero,” Gorman told the Sun Times, adding that police are searching those responsible for hanging the posters, and that they face...
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September 19, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
All hail the Almighty Pomeranian. Chicago rapper Chief Keef took to Instagram late Wednesday to introduce the world to “Almighty,” his new tiny Pomeranian puppy. Woof Woof Puppies and Boutique, a Southfield, Mich. based breeder , confirmed Thursday morning that the little pile of fluff was indeed purchased by Keef -- whose real name is Keith Cozart -- with the intention of raising it himself. Joanne Sesi, who works at Woof Woof, said she could not divulge too many details about clients, but said the Pomeranian is...
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May 1, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Here's a video from a guy named Brewski. (Yup, Brewski.) In the promo e-mail I got earlier containing this video, he was dubbed "The white Chief Keef. " After reading that, I made this face:   Now, if you'll excuse me, I'd like to address young Brewski and his team: Look, I get it. I get it! You've invested time and money in a rap career bolstered by your bros and well-intended yet misled black guys named Chris whom you played rec league basketball with, and hey, good on you for that.
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November 16, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Chief Keef continues to do Chief Keef things--this time, failing to appear for a music video shoot with Wiz Khalifa and 50 Cent. The video was for "Hate Being Sober," one of the bigger-profile tracks from his upcoming "Finally Rich" album, and, according to Fif's Twitter account, Keef was a no-show with no explanation. "@50cent: @ChiefKeef didn't show up to his own video. I never saw anything like this on the first song. SMSaudio" "50cent: Its not funny @ChiefKeef didn't sell any records yet,they will...
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March 17, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Chicago rapper Chief Keef was arrested in Highland Park on March 5, days before the release of his single "F*** Rehab. "  Keef -- whose real name is Keith Cozart -- was charged with driving under the influence, expired registration, driving while license suspended, and uninsured motor vehicle, according to TribLocal. The report did not identify Cozart, 18, of Northfield, but a Highland Park police spokesperson confirmed it was Cozart who was arrested Monday morning. TMZ was first to report the arrest ...
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August 9, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
Chief Keef and his GBE crew have taken the rap world by storm during the past few months. So much so, in fact, that he was a last-minute addition to the Lollapalooza lineup last weekend. Music fans are in two camps about the Chicago MC. Either he's the end of rap music as we know it (a little dramatic, yeah?) or he's the kickstarter to a renaissance in Chicago-based rap getting national attention. (I'm in the latter camp, with the caveat that musicians still have to work to make good songs.)
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April 8, 2014 | Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins
"Chi-raq" is a loaded word, isn't it? The term, made popular by the Chicago rap scene in 2012 (but most likely hit mainstream consciousness in Kanye West's "Black Skinhead") and the name of Nicki Minaj's newest track, is a byproduct of the nation's obsession with Chicago's ridiculously high number of homicides. The term generally produces two reactions: disgust and pride. Outsiders - Chicagoans who don't experience the almost routine murders - are disgusted. They are aghast at exposing this music to the rest of the country.
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March 17, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Chicago rapper Chief Keef was arrested in Highland Park on March 5, days before the release of his single "F*** Rehab. "  Keef -- whose real name is Keith Cozart -- was charged with driving under the influence, expired registration, driving while license suspended, and uninsured motor vehicle, according to TribLocal. The report did not identify Cozart, 18, of Northfield, but a Highland Park police spokesperson confirmed it was Cozart who was arrested Monday morning. TMZ was first to report the arrest , citing...
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March 11, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Do you consider yourself fashionable? A piece on fashion blog The Cut alerted me to a trend circulating through the circle of people whose job it is to tell us about the new hot trends in fashion. According to these folks, a trend called "Normcore" has invaded the cities of Milan, Paris and New York. Basically, it means dressing like Jerry Seinfeld circa: life, or a dad from the south suburbs of Chicago, complete with jorts, socks with sandals, turtlenecks and fleece pullovers.
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February 21, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
All hail the new monarch? On Friday, Lily Allen announced on "The Graham Norton Show" that she was going for broke and naming her next album "Sheezus. " (You know, like the Kanye album? Get it? GET IT? ) Instead of rolling our eyes and calling this the hackiest move since "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," we'd like to offer some alternate she-flavored album titles. (Wow, that sounds, um, intimate. Moving on...) "She Can't Be Stopped," Geto Boys "She The Best," DJ Khaled. " (Also: "She The Best Forever.
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January 14, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
"Bang 3" finally has a release date.  After months of teasing on Twitter, Chicago rapper Chief Keef announced Monday night his mixtape "Bang 3" will be released, appropriately, on March 3. According to his Twitter , a video will also be dropping sometime in February, though it's unclear when.  The tape is a followup to "Bang 2," released last year.  Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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December 19, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
On Dec. 18, 2012, Chief Keef released his major label debut, “Finally Rich.” Its arrival marked the culmination of an unprecedented year for Chicago rappers: Awareness and media coverage exploded; a plethora of major label deals, both rumored and confirmed, were thrown out all over. It's been one year. How is Chicago's rap scene looking now? Short answer: not much different. Save for Keef, not one of the lauded acts - Lil Durk, Lil Reese, King L, Katie Got Bandz, Sasha Go Hard, Tink, Tree and collectives the Treated Crew and #SaveMoney (I...
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April 3, 2013 | Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
So I'm not sure if this is “male gaze” or if I'm old now or if I'm just clutching my pearls but the new Vanessa Hudgens video teaser of her new song "$$$ex" (a song she collaborated on with a group called YLA) has me feeling some weird feelings, people. The video exudes nothing but pure, unbridled raging. It was obviously either filmed while on the set of--or heavily inspired by--Hudgens' recent film “Spring Breakers” (the pink masks in the video are worn by the characters in the film)
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April 17, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Jeah girl, it's like he's living in there now! Highly decorated Olympic swimmer and all-around village idiot Ryan Lochte's new show, "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday, which means only one thing: huge publicity blitz. Ryan talked to Cosmo about his turn-ons (independence) and turn-offs (smoking) when it comes to the ladies. We've got some ideas of our own about Lochte's likes and don't-likes, as Chief Keef would say. LIKES  -- Multiple piercings (where Mom can't see them)
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December 17, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
"Never think that I'm not from Chicago for one second. " In the six months since Kanye West released his sixth album, "Yeezus," he has, of course, said a lot. Yet the above affirmation, said rather pointedly to Jimmy Kimmel in October , stands out among all of the rapper's other quotables. Why? Because a growing movement of locals have shunned the Chicago-raised icon, and the question remains: Is Kanye still a Chicagoan till' Chicago ends? Some would argue no -- he doesn't possess a full-time residence here, rarely comes to town and flaunts an image-conscious outlook far more associated with...
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September 19, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
All hail the Almighty Pomeranian. Chicago rapper Chief Keef took to Instagram late Wednesday to introduce the world to “Almighty,” his new tiny Pomeranian puppy. Woof Woof Puppies and Boutique, a Southfield, Mich. based breeder , confirmed Thursday morning that the little pile of fluff was indeed purchased by Keef -- whose real name is Keith Cozart -- with the intention of raising it himself. Joanne Sesi, who works at Woof Woof, said she could not divulge too many details about clients, but said...
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