Keith Cozart (born August 15, 1995) better known by his stage name Chief Keef, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He has signed a major record deal with Interscope Records, and is the CEO of his own record label Glory Boys Entertainment. His debut album Finally Rich was released on December 18, 2012.
Keith Cozart was born in Chicago, Illinois. He lived in the Englewood area, 64th and Normal to be exact. He attended school in the South Side of the city.
While under house arrest for a previous weapons charge, Cozart posted several videos to his YouTube account. The attention he received increased during the short time between the release of several mixtapes and music videos, including "Bang", "3Hunna" and "I Don't Like". After two locally successful mixtapes, "I Don't Like" became a local hit in Chicago. It also caught fellow Chicago rapper Kanye West's attention, and West created a remix of the song with rappers Pusha T, Jadakiss and Big Sean.
In the summer of 2012 Keef was in the middle of a bidding war with many labels to sign him including Young Jeezy's CTE World. He would end up signing with Interscope Records due to them giving him his own label to run in Glory Boyz Entertainment. The deal is worth six million dollars over a three album deal. According to the deal Interscope has the right to pull out of the contract if he doesn't sell 250,000 copies of his debut LP by December 2013. On July 7, 2012, it was announced that Chief Keef would be performing at the 2012 Lollapalooza music festival. Chief Keef's debut studio album Finally Rich, was released on December 18, 2012. Featured guests on the album included rappers 50 Cent, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and his fellow Glory Boyz member Lil Reese. In December 2012, Chief Keef announced that his hit single Love Sosa will be included in the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto 5.
On January 15, 2013, Cozart was taken into custody after a juvenile court judge ruled that a web video posted on Pitchfork Media, in which Cozart can be seen firing a gun, constituted evidence of a probation violation. Two days later, Cozart was sentenced to two months in a juvenile detention facility and was additionally made a ward of the state.