Chief Keef is an American rapper born on August 15, 1995, in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Lolita Carter and Alfonso Mozart. But he was raised mostly by his grandmother since his father was absent and his mother was very young. Learn more about this versatile celebrity’s history and path to greatness as we celebrate his special day!
Keith Farrelle Cozart, better known as Chief Keef, has had a complicated life. In his childhood, he studied at Dulles Elementary School and Banner School, the latter being a school with a therapeutic focus. Regarding his secondary education, he abandoned it at the age of 15. But Chief Keef did not need a school because life itself taught him what he needed to know.
A member of the Black Disciples gang, Chief Keef is very popular in Chicago. His popularity is not only due to his membership in the Chicago-based gang but also for his talent in composing, rhyming, and singing, which he has honed since he was five.
His first step into the world of music was taken during his house arrest in 2011. He had to stay at his grandmother’s house for approximately two months, during which he decided to start sharing tracks on YouTube, where he uploaded drill music, a subgenre of hip-hop he pioneered.
It was then he recorded and released the single ‘I Don’t Like,’ which had a great impact on the Chicago audience. So much so that the famous rapper Kanye West remixed the song, as well as other famous rappers such as Pusha T., Jadakiss, and Big Sean. This catapulted Chief Keef to stardom.
In the following month, Chief Keef received several offers from various labels. But he eventually signed with Interscope Records.
From this contract was born his debut album “Finally Rich,” which featured 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. But his contract with Interscope ended in October 2014, halting several of his projects that were already close to their release dates. Two, though, did come to light: the albums “Big Gucci Sosa” and “Back From the Dead 2.”
After he departed from Interscope, Chief Keef reinvented himself as an artist, and his next albums accounted for it, as his lyrics now had deeper meanings.
Although Chief Keef has previously commented on his intention to retire from the music industry, he continues to do music as an all-around artist, experimenting with new forms and styles.
Chief Keef is already a father of nine. At the age of 16, he had his first child, Kayden Kash Cozart, whom he nicknamed Kay Kay, and the child’s mother served him a request for child support. In November 2013, D.N.A. documents confirmed that he was the father of a 10-month-old child, and he was also ordered to begin paying child support. In September 2014, Chief Keef announced the birth of his third child and first son, Krüe Karter Cozart. He has six other children, all from different mothers.
Since 2010, critics have named Chief Keef the progenitor of the drill subgenre, recognizing the impact of his music on other artists.
Chief Keef drops his breakthrough single, ‘I Don’t Like,’ and it’s loved by fans and fellow artists alike.
The rapper Kanye West, impressed by ‘I Don't Like,’ remixes the song, raising the profile of Chief Keef.
Chief Keef’s successful single sees many record labels vying for his signature, but the rapper chooses to sign with Interscope Records.
Chief Keef scores another hit single, ‘Chrome Heart Tags,’ which ranks 19th on the Billboard Hot 100, the first of his songs to do so.
Why We Love Chief Keef
He doesn’t support violence
Although his lyrics may seem to be about violence, Chief Keef has shown that he doesn’t support it. He created a foundation to combat violence in Chicago.
He’s very creative
Chief Keef, as a young and virtually unknown artist, created an entirely new subgenre in hip-hop. Several record labels were jostling for his signature.
He achieved his dreams
Since he was five years old, he had a clear dream of being a recognized hip-hop artist. As hard as his life was, he achieved his dreams.
5 Surprising Facts
His deal with Interscope Records
For Chief Keef to sign with Interscope, the label agreed to give him his own record label, Glory Boyz Entertainment.
He recorded while under house arrest
Chief Keef recorded ‘I Don’t Like,’ which made him famous, while under house arrest.
He has an extensive criminal record
The rapper has had several troubles with the law: he has been arrested for weapons possession, among many other offenses.
His beef with Katy Perry
Perry made a disapproving tweet about Chief Keef’s ‘I Hate Being Sober,’ and the rapper replied angrily, but the beef was short-lived, as Perry immediately apologized.
His stepbrother was murdered
Chief Keef’s brother Ulysses ‘Chris’ Gissendanner III was shot in the back of the head in January 2013 while visiting his uncle.
Chief Keef FAQs
With Interscope, how much did Chief Keef sign for?
Chief Keef signed with Interscope Records for a reported $6 million — the biggest record deal for any rapper at that time
Was Chief Keef shot at?
Yes, in 2018 someone tried to shoot him while in front of his hotel in New York.
How many children does Chief Keef have?
Chief Keef has nine children from nine different mothers.
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