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Cops plan citations for posters promoting Chief Keef’s new album

A billboard 56th Racine features Chief Keef his upcoming debut album called Finally Rich. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

A billboard at 56th and Racine features Chief Keef and his upcoming debut album called Finally Rich. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: December 13, 2012 7:44AM

Posters promoting rapper Chief Keef’s debut album are being plastered to public property in his Englewood neighborhood, and police are not happy about that.

Whoever hung the posters will face citations, police said Wednesday afternoon as they searched for those responsible.

The 17-year-old rapper, whose real name is Keith Cozart, will release his new album, “Finally Rich,” on Dec. 18 — one day after he is expected back in juvenile court for a hearing on an alleged probation violation. Last week, a judge ordered Pitchfork Media to turn over a video showing him holding a gun.

He is serving 18 months of probation for pointing a gun at Chicago Police officers. The judge has allowed him to live in California, where he recorded the new album, while his case is pending.

Roadside billboards featuring Cozart also have popped up, including one near 56th and Racine.

“It seems as if he’s being hailed a hero,” said Chicago Police union Vice President Daniel Gorman. “But it’s a smack in the face to the police officers who are serving the citizens of those communities.”

Cozart shot to fame after the local release of mix tapes and You Tube videos, including one that has more than 20 million hits.

Chicago Police Cmdr. Kevin Ryan insists that authorities are not picking on Cozart by pursuing those behind the posters.

“We used to do this when I was commander in [a downtown] district,” he said.

Cozart moved to California shortly after Chicago police began investigating whether he was involved in the Sept. 4 South Side shooting death of aspiring rapper Lil Jojo following a war of words on Twitter between the two rappers.

A representative from Interscope Records, Cozart’s music label, was not immediately available for comment Wednesday afternoon.

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