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Rap newcomer Chief Keef is getting some tough love from his hometown as reports claim Chicago police are punishing anyone caught putting up promotional posters for the overnight hip-hop star’s upcoming Finally Rich album.


Chicago Police Union Vice President Daniel Gorman said the posters are a direct shot at the men and women who put their lives on the line.

Chicago Police plan to cite whoever is putting up posters on public property in the Englewood area promoting the 17-year-old’s new album, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Chicago Police union Vice President Daniel Gorman told the newspaper that Chief Keef — whose real name is Keith Cozart — is being “hailed as a hero,” and called the posters a “smack in the face” to the officers in the area. (NBC Chicago)

Keef’s camp has already come forward and lashed back at the Chicago police’s stance.

Rovan “Dro” Manuel, Keef’s manager, said the posters aren’t meant as a “smack in the face” and that Keef has nothing to do with them. “I don’t think it’s fair,” he said. “If they [don’t] do that with Britney Spears, Madonna, the Goo Goo Dolls, why do they have to do that to us?” Manuel said he’s long been in the practice of Guerrilla marketing for several companies, which has included hanging promotional posters. While he said he’s heard of citations being handed out for the practice, he said Gorman’s comments seem “personal.” (Red Eye Chicago)

The rapper’s manager also claimed local authorities are using Keef as their scapegoat.

“I think they’re targeting Chief Keef a little bit for more reasons than one,” he said. “He’s a spokesperson for Englewood, they had problems way before Chief Keef. When something bad happens they want to put it all on him.” Manuel insisted Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, had nothing to do with the posters. “He isn’t thinking about that, he’s thinking about having fun and making good records,” he said. (Red Eye Chicago)

This all comes amid Keef’s current probation violation court hearings.

Chicago rapper Chief Keef suffered a legal setback Wednesday when a judge ordered Pitchfork Media to turn over a video showing the teenager holding a gun. Cook County prosecutors plan to use the tape as evidence in a Dec. 17 hearing where they will try to send the rapper back to jail for alleged probation violations. The court has allowed Keef to live in California while his case is pending. He’s been recording an album that he says will be released on Dec. 18, a day after his scheduled probation hearing. (Sun-Times)

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