Superstar rapper 50 Cent defends Chief Keef
BY MARK KONKOL email@example.com September 12, 2012 8:22PM
Updated: October 15, 2012 9:44AM
Yo, Chief Keef — Fiddy’s got your back.
Superstar rapper 50 Cent — or Fiddy for short — took to the airwaves this week to defend the Chicago teen gangster rap sensation who Tweeted his way into the police investigation of South Side rap rival, Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman.
“They got to go through an investigation to make sure that was actually someone affiliated with Chief Keef,” 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, told an Atlanta radio station. “You can’t just put that on him because the boy [Coleman] put out a diss song and he out there and active and you saw all the guns those boys had in [Coleman’s] video.”
Last week, Lil JoJo was slain in a drive-by shooting in Englewood, about a block from where Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s family members were killed in 2008. Chicago police continue to investigate possible connections between social media posts by Chief Keef and his rap associates, an ongoing Englewood gang conflict and the murder.
Hours after Lil JoJo’s murder, Chief Keef’s Twitter account carried a message that included the hashtag “#LMAO” mocking his rival’s death. LMAO stands for laughing my ass off.
No suspects were in custody Wednesday.
Lil JoJo, an 18-year-old without a record deal, had hoped to get rich by attacking rival South Side gangster rappers who he considered frauds — including Chief Keef, Lil Durk and Lil Reese.
Lil JoJo’s first song, “3HunnaK” was an attack on Lil Durk — and also called out that Black Disciples, a violent street gang Chief Keef has claimed allegiance to in some of his songs and Tweets.
In the “3HunnaK” video, which received nearly 900,000 hits on YouTube, Lil JoJo and others are seen holding what appear to be automatic weapons.
50 Cent told CBS Radio host Ryan Cameron that Chief Keef, his fellow Interscope Records artist, is getting treated unfairly.
“If there’s an arrest made because they done something, then you can say that got something to do with that boy,” 50 Cent said. “But other than that if [Lil JoJo] is active [in a gang] and showing guns like that how do you put that on him? How do you assume that?”
Keef’s lawyer told the Sun-Times that 50 Cent and other entertainers have offered Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, support, encouragement and any help he needs. Chief Keef is currently recording his first album, which is set to debut in late November.
50 Cent, who starred in the recently released movie “Freelancers” with Oscar-winners Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker, said he’s glad a kid like Chief Keef is out there.
“I like the idea of someone having a hit at 16. Keef is actually my son’s age,” he said during the radio interview. “So without the success I had, my son could have potentially been Chief Keef. When I look at the situation I go, ‘Wow, that’s what hip-hop culture is. It allows people who come from completely nothing to make it.’”
Despite signing a record deal, Chief Keef still lives at his grandmother’s house in Chicago, the same place that he recently served a two-month sentence on house arrest for pointing a gun at a cop.
50 Cent said Lil JoJo’s murder — and all those guns in his video — is a violent reflection of the city they’re from.
“It shows it’s part of their actual culture within Chicago,” 50 Cent said. “Their gang culture has been there forever.”
But that’s not a reason to give all rap feuds — also known as “beefs” — a bad name, he said.
“The reason they started using the terminology beef … that came after Biggie and Tupac when it actually spilled out into the street,” 50 Cent said.
“Battling has always been part of the culture. You always have artists challenging each other. … [Without it] I don’t know how the culture would be thriving as much as it was at some point, you know.”