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Chief Keef might be finally rich,” but his manager is hoping that his current jail time will finally mature him. 

The controversial GBE rapper is currently serving time in a youth detention center after violating his probation by handling firearms in a video with Pitchfork TV. 

“I think he [will learn a lesson]. I got a message from him that he’s had a wake-up call,” Keef’s manager, Rovan “Dro” Manuel explained. “This is a wake-up call for him. It wasn’t even his fault that it happened, but it happened. I think he’s gonna come out a different person. I think he’s gonna come out with some new music, a new attitude…he’s gonna get out and do some shows, and hopefully go up the charts.”

Manuel also explains that Keef is very much a product of his Chi-Town environment, which has been plagued poverty and crime for decades and maintains that the “Love Sosa” rapper is just misunderstood.

“[The biggest misconception about him is] he’s a bad person, I guess, in the eyes of the Chicago [Police Department],” he said. “He’s not the first to put reality-based lyrics [in his music], as far as like talking about what’s going on in the inner-city for real. I think that it’s kinda messed up that they wanna blame him for all the murders, all the crime and all this other stuff that’s going on in Chicago. Keef is a minor. You can look back 18 years in the same neighborhoods where he was growing up and see that they were doing the same damn thing…he’s got a lot of stuff he needs to learn. It’s not like he came from a neighborhood where it’s 90-percent Jewish and schools are teaching him this-and-that. He didn’t come from that.”

Keef should be free from the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Illinois by the end of March.

[Spotted at BoBo]

Photo: Chicago Tribune