The saga of Chief Keef hit a dispiriting low point this week when the 17-year-old rapper was arrested in Chicago on charges that he violated his probation. Members of the hip hop community are still reacting to the news, and in a recent interview with MTV News, Keef labelmate and supporter 50 Cent weighed in on the situation.
"With Chief Keef, it's unfortunate to hear that he's actually locked up," Fif said. "I feel bad, because I feel like I knew that was gonna happen. I knew what continues to happen afterwards if you let it spiral out of control."
In previous interviews, 50 has said that he can relate to Chief Keef and has defended him from critics who deemed the young rapper reckless. The G-Unit general made a cameo on the recent Keef single "Hate Bein' Sober," a video for which was never shot due to Keef's truancy.
"I haven't been in communications with him following that, and I wish him the best," Fif said. "Chief Keef, I think he has something, obviously. Even within the system, no one has done anything yet for Chief Keef. He's still just this raw music, raw talent, because he shot all of these music videos in his living room."
Keef was arrested Tuesday (Jan. 15) following a probation hearing. Among other evidence, prosecutors produced a video from the website Pitchfork that depicts Keef shooting guns at a firing range — a forbidden activity under the terms of the probation set in 2011.
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