Keef allegedly met with Chicago reverend Corey Brooks to discuss plans for a baptism. Brooks leads the New Beginnings Church in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood, and came to the 17-year-old’s defense saying that he’s not “a bad kid,” but misunderstood. “I think people forget he is 17 years old,” Rev. Brooks said. “He is an entertainer, that is how he sees himself. But at the same time, he has a God-consciousness. He is not some terror who is wreaking havoc.”
Since dropping his Internet hit “I Don’t Like,” Keef has found himself at the center of legal controversy. He’s been blasted for glorifying violence, his gang affiliation, and has had a fair share of issues with other rappers, including one aspiring rhymer, Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman, who was murdered after arguing with Keef and his crew.
With an opportunity to put the bad press behind him, being in custody has given the young father time to think. “I got a message from him that he’s had a wake-up call,” said his manager, Rovan “Dro” Manuel. “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.”
Keef is set for release March 14.
Photo: Chicago Tribune