Chief Keef plans on baptism after juvenile detention, rooftop pastor says
BY FRANK MAIN AND BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporters February 15, 2013 2:30PM
Chief Keef Cook County juvenile court, October 17, 2012 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times
Updated: March 17, 2013 6:42PM
Chief Keef is going to take the plunge into Christianity, a Chicago minister said Friday.
The Rev. Corey Brooks, known as the “rooftop pastor,” said he plans to baptize the 17-year-old rapper when he’s released from juvenile detention.
Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, is serving a 60-day sentence for violating his juvenile probation.
He was on probation for pointing a gun at Chicago Police officers.
“I’m going to baptize him,” Brooks said.
Brooks said he has visited Keef at the state juvenile detention facility in west suburban St. Charles.
“I think people forget he is 17 years old,” Brooks said. “He is not a bad kid.”
Brooks said the young entertainer “has had a chance to think. He is an entertainer, that is how he sees himself. But at the same time, he has a God-consciousness. He is not some terror who is wreaking havoc.”
The pastor said he plans to baptize Keef at his non-denominational New Beginnings Church in the Woodlawn neighborhood.
Brooks, who briefly flirted with running for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s vacant congressional seat, is best-known for camping on the roof of an abandoned South Side motel last year to raise money to demolish the building.
In January, a Cook County judge sentenced a tearful Keef to 60 days in juvenile detention for violating probation on a gun conviction when he wielded a firearm in a music video.
Keef gained notoriety last year for a gloating tweet sent from his account after the slaying of a rival Chicago rapper.
In addition to his troubles in juvenile court, the rapper is facing a child-support lawsuit from a girl who alleges he fathered a child with her.