Keith Farrelle Cozart, better known by his stage name Chief Keef, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Cozart's music first became popular during his teen years in the early 2010s among high school students from Chicago's South Side.
Keith Farrelle Cozart was born on August 15th of 1995 in Chicago. Born to a 16-year-old mother, Keith was raised on the South Side of Chicago in a low-income apartment complex commonly known as "O-Block." Cozart was soon a member of the Black Disciples gang that is active in that area of Chicago. By the age of 5, Keith was creating his own raps using his grandmother's karaoke machine and recording them with cassette tapes. He dropped out of high school at 15.
Chief Keef first gained notoriety as a 16-year-old with mixtapes such as "The Glory Road" and "Bang." After being placed under house arrest for a number of legal issues, he started uploading tracks to his YouTube account. One of these songs was "I Don't Like," which became a major hit and helped to start the new rap subgenre known as "Drill." The song allowed Chief Keef to reach even higher levels of fame when Kanye West remixed it with Jadakiss, Big Sean, and Pusha T.
Following this success, Chief Keef became a sought-after artist with many record labels fighting to sign him. He chose to sign a lucrative deal with Interscope Records, and subsequently released his debut studio album, "Finally Rich." A major hit in 2012 was his song "Love Sosa." In 2013, he collaborated with Kanye West on the track "Hold My Liquor," and released two mixtapes with a largely negative response from critics, although "Almighty So" contained the odd hit such as "Nice."
Chief Keef acknowledged the lack of quality in his latest releases and blamed it on drug addiction issues. Interscope dropped Sosa in 2014 – a decision that was criticized by many observers. However, Keef continued to release mixtapes such as "Back From The Dead 2" independently, and he produced most of the songs on this album.
Following a shooting incident that claimed the life of Sosa's associate Marvin Carr and a 13-month-old baby, Chief Keef took a stance against gang violence and organized a free benefit concert in honor of Marvin Carr. Due to warrants for Keef's arrest, he appeared at the concert via hologram. However, police shut down the generator powering the hologram out of fear the concert would provoke further violence.
Over the next few years, Chief Keef started releasing fewer and fewer mixtapes and tracks. In 2016, he even announced that he was retiring. However, he would continue to collaborate with a number of high-profile artists, and in 2019, he revealed that he was planning to release "Almighty So 2." During 2019, he also produced the Lil Uzi Vert track "Chrome Heart Tags."
Chief Keef is an American rapper who has a net worth of $1 million. Credited by many for pioneering so-called "mumble rap" and "drill" sub-genres of rap music, Chief Keef has made an undeniable impact on the hip-hop world. Also known as "Sosa," (after a character from the movie "Scarface") Keef has struggled with a number of legal and financial issues over the course of his career.