Sources: Rapper Chief Keef moves to Northbrook but doesn’t tell probation officer
BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org December 31, 2012 2:28PM
Chicago rapper Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart.
Updated: February 2, 2013 6:20AM
A few weeks ago, Chicago rapper Chief Keef released his new album “Finally Rich.”
In keeping with the grandiose title, he recently moved into a big house in upscale Northbrook, law enforcement sources said.
The problem: He didn’t tell his juvenile probation officer about his change of address, the sources said.
So Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, has been ordered back to court Wednesday for an alleged probation violation, sources said.
The popular 17-year-old South Side rapper was supposed to be living in south suburban Dolton with his uncle when he wasn’t out of town, sources said.
On Monday, authorities sought to have Cozart jailed for the alleged violation.
A judge had allowed Cozart to travel to California to work on his album, which was released on Dec. 18 to mixed reviews.
He previously was scheduled to appear in court in late January for a separate probation violation. Cook County prosecutors say he appeared in an online Pitchfork Media video holding a gun at a range in New York. Under the terms of his probation, he was ordered not to go near a gun.
Cozart has been in the headlines since Chicago Police detectives began investigating his connections to Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman, a fellow teen rapper who was shot to death in September.
Cozart has ties to the Black Disciples street gang in Englewood, while Coleman was linked to a faction of the Gangster Disciples. Police are investigating whether Coleman’s killing was a result of a conflict between the gangs. The murder followed a war of words between the two rappers on Twitter.
Cozart’s move to Northbrook is sparking lots of comments online, with one fan jokingly saying on Twitter that the rapper is “culturing up the place” and another saying “this could make things more interesting” in the town.
But police were worried that his presence in the tony north suburb could bring trouble, sources said.
Northbrook’s police chief and Cozart’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.