Chief Keef has long been a controversial figure in Hip Hop. Sosa made controversial remarks today on Twitter after calling for his followers to wage war on the police.
“We need to kill all Law Enforcement! Y’all down? F**k it! Time to make the world end,” Sosa wrote on Twitter.
Sosa’s relationship with the judicial system has been less than cordial. The Glo Gang boss had his first major run-in with the law in 2011 when he was arrested on weapons charges.
Police responded to a call of shots fired on Dec. 2, 2011 just before noon on the 6100 block of South Indiana, according to DNAinfo.com.
Police confronted Chief Keef as he was walking out of his grandmother’s apartment complex. Chief Keef, who was 16 years old at the time, brandished a loaded “blue-steel handgun” and eluded police for a half-block before being apprehended.
While in pursuit, police fired several shots at Cozart, but missed, according to a police report obtained by DNAinfo.com
Though the rapper, born Keith Cozart, didn’t fire his weapon, he did point his gun at officers- twice.
Cozart reportedly was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a police officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon- all felonies. He was sentenced to home confinement at his grandmother’s house- the same home where the viral “I Don’t Like” music video was shot.
Sosa’s issues with law enforcement continued when the CPD tore down Sosa’s promotional posters that promote his debut album “Finally Rich” citing a violation in the Chicago Municipal Code which states:
No person shall distribute or cause others to distribute, as defined in Section 10-8-325, commercial advertising material by means of posting, sticking, stamping, tacking, painting or otherwise fixing any sign, notice, placard, bill, card, poster, advertisement or other device calculated to attract the attention of the public, to or upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, curb or curbstone, flagstone or any other portion or part of any public way, lamppost, electric light, traffic light, telegraph, telephone or trolley line pole, hydrant, shade tree or tree-box, or upon the piers, columns, trusses, girders, railings, gates or parts of any public bridge or viaduct, or upon any pole box or fixture of the police and fire communications system, except such as may be required by the laws of the state and the ordinances of the city, or on any bus shelter, except that the city may allow the posting of decorative banners in accordance with Section 10-8-340 below.
“It seems as if he’s being hailed a hero,” said Chicago Police union Vice President Daniel Gorman, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. “But it’s a smack in the face to the police officers who are serving the citizens of those communities.”
Rovan “Dro” Manuel, manager of Chief Keef, told Red Eye Chicago he found Gorman’s comments to be “personal.”
“I think they’re targeting Chief Keef a little bit for more reasons than one,” he said. “He’s a spokesperson for Englewood, they had problems way before Chief Keef. When something bad happens they want to put it all on him.”
On June 17, 2013, Sosa was arrested only minutes after leaving a court hearing for a speeding violation. Police nabbed the embattled MC on a month-old trespassing charge.
Police allegedly had machine guns drawn on the rapper upon his arrest.
A security guard from the Parkway Gardens housing complex filed a complaint against Keef for being on the property, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Sosa explained to followers via Twitter why he doesn’t go back to visit his O’Block neighborhood.
Twitter user OBGeezy The General @OB_Geezy asked Sosa, [email protected] Y U Just Ride Pass The Block And Don’t Stop Cum Fem 4 My Bday.”
Keef replied, “Cuz on Odee bro The police said I cant Come outside and If dey see me dey Gone get me everytime No time fad at.”
“But on O Da Feds Watchin me Niggas A Kill U If I said I Gave Rappin Up,” he added.
An O’Block native went more in detail on that arrest incident, proclaiming that police harassed Chief Keef and damaged the “I Ain’t Done Turnin Up” rapper’s prized BMW X6 M during an arrest incident.
In footage that surfaced online, the BD said Keef was in the neighborhood, but police soon arrived and scratched his car his car up before impounding it.
“He was just over here on Dave,” he said. “The police did his car bogus ass hell. They towed his shit, scratched his shit, his seats scarred the bitches up. He ain’t supposed to be in here. The cops did the car bogus.”
Sosa’s issues with police didn’t end there. Sosa made multiple attempts to put on a “Stop The Violence” concert in his hometown.
A fan asked Sosa about a possible show in Chicago, but the Interscope rapper said authorities won’t allow it.
“Police won’t let me,” he said.
Sosa’s stop the violence concert scheduled in June 2014 was cancelled by police citing concerns of violence, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Cicero Police Supt. Bernard Harrison told the Tribune his department feared Sosa’s presence would spark “chaos” and “violence.”
“We have indications from intelligence sources that there were going to be problems and there have been many problems at his concerts in other places,” Harrison told Tribune. “I spoke to the director of the theater myself and asked if he could cancel the concert. He complied with my request.
“It is our belief that the concert has been cancelled,” he continued. “Still, for the night we are preparing extra security. We have to err on the side of caution. We are providing extra officers to work the streets and be in the area of the theater.”
Police again foiled Sosa’s Stop The Violence concert plans this past summer after shutting down his Hologram concert at Craze Fest at the Pavilion at Wolf Lake in Hammond, IN.
Hammond Police Lt. Patrick Vicari told the Chicago Sun Times promoters said Chief Keef would not appear by Hologram.
“Even though I was told no Chief Keef by the promoters, they tried it anyway, so we shut it down. We turned the power off, we’re closing the park down,” Vicari reportedly said.
“Police stopped the show,” said Owen Phillips, spokesman for concert organizer HologramUSA, in an emailed statement to the Sun Times. “20 cops and a bulldozer to silence a hologram.”