|Real Name:||Keith Farrelle Cozart|
|Birthday:||August 15, 1995|
|Net Worth:||$2 million|
|Occupation:||American Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer|
Keith Farrelle Cozart, widely known by his stage name Chief Keef, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is considered to be one of the most real rappers in the rap world. Chief Keef brought a new sound to the Chicago rap scene and popularized drill music across the United States. Despite numerous scandals, beefs, and run-ins with the law, he gained recognition for a mainstream artist, which resulted in a $6 million record label.
Career Ups and Downs
Chief Keef grew up on the southside of Chicago, where he was surrounded by a lot of gang activity. He fell into that lifestyle from a young age and he began selling drugs as a way to make some easy money. While not on the block, Chief Keef aspired to be a rapper. He eventually pursued this dream after linking up with a producer by the name of DJ Kenn when he was just 12 years old.
Keef had a violent, dangerous, and unique upbringing. He lived a unique reality compared to the nearly rest of the country. Dj Kenn helped Keef to own his craft, simplified down to just speaking about his reality. As soon as Keef started to put that reality in his music, it started to spread throughout Chicago and eventually around the country. In 2011 he released his debut mixtapes “The Glory Road” and “Bang“.
However, things didn’t start to take off until he started working with Young Chop, which is another producer around the area. The now platinum duo dropped a song titled “I don’t like” that quickly garnered millions of views online. It was so popular that it caught the eye of Kanye West. He made a remix of that song, and from that moment his career officially kickstarted.
The combination of “I don’t like“, and the Chicago gang lifestyle had just about every record label lining up to sign Chief Keef. He eventually signed with Interscope Records for an incredible $6 million deal. In December 2012 he released his debut studio album “Finally Rich“. Chief Keef then released a smash hit from that album called “Love Sosa” which has over 115 million views on YouTube. The album featured numerous guest rappers like 50 Cent, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Reese.
However, this deal quickly went south. One big concern everyone in the industry had about Chief Keef was that he might be “too gangster” for the industry. He didn’t listen to anybody and wouldn’t show up on scheduled events such as interviews and music videos. Together with his legal troubles, Interscope decided to drop their deal in October 2014.
Chief Keef then went on to sign a record deal with Alki David’s FilmOnTv. On August 3, 2015, he dropped his second album, “Bang 3“, selling out 63,000 copies. The first part of the album was released in August (“Bang pt.1“) and the second part of the album in September 2015 (“Bang pt. 2“). However, the deal that he made with FilmOnTv meant that Alki gets to keep a percentage of everything Chief Keef does, rather than just the music sales and streams. This deal quickly went south as well, due to Chief Keef and his management not cooperating with FilmOnTv. Alki David ended up suing Chief Keef for $4 million.
Chief Keef later signed to RBC Records, however, it was unknown for how much he signed for. During this time, on November 30, 2017, he released another album called “Dedication“. This album reached on Number 97 on US Billboard 200, and Number 39 on US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
On March 15, 2019, Chief Keef released a mixtape called “Glotoven“, after working together with the producer Zaytoven. That same year, in April he dropped a song with Youngboy Never Broke Again, called “Fireman“. Keef also is working on another mixtape “Almighty So 2“, with features like Uzi Vert, Soulja Boy, and Lil Reese. Chief Keef also released another single titled “Boost“.
Chief Keef is one of the most influential rappers to appear on the hip-hop scene in the last decade. The Chicago legend is estimated to be worth around $2 million and he most certainly lives like it. He has been in and out of several multi-million dollar estates. Expensive jewelry, fast cars, and big mansions are just a part of his lifestyle.
Keith Cozart was born in Chicago on August 15, 1995. He got his name from his deceased uncle. He grew up in a financially unstable family. His mom brought him on this world when she was just 16 years old and his grandmother became his legal guardian. When he was 15 years old he dropped out of school and later on was arrested for heroin manufacture and distribution and put under house arrest. Throughout his life he had several run-ins with the law, charges for aggravated assault with a firearm on a police officer, probation violation, publicly smoking marihuana, as well as banned from Instagram for violating Instagram’s terms of service.
He became a father at the age of 16, however, he parted ways with the mother of his child. Later on, he fathered two more children with no information about the mothers. However, the rapper is a family man and has brought 3 of his cousins through his label.