Keith Cozart , better known by his stage name Chief Keef, is an American rapper and record producer from Chicago, Illinois. Growing up in Chicagos Englewood neighborhood, Keef began rapping at an early age, and used his mothers karaoke machine and blank tapes to record his music. During his teenage years and while under house arrest, Keefs music videos were met with acclaim from local high school students. His increasing popularity led to him being the subject of a brief bidding war among labels. Ultimately, Keef signed a major record deal with Interscope Records and later signed with 1017 Brick Squad. Keef also became the CEO of his own record label, Glory Boyz Entertainment, which later developed into Glo Gang. His debut album Finally Rich was released on December 18, 2012.
Chief Keef was born Keith Cozart in Chicago, Illinois when his mother was 16, and is named after his deceased uncle. He grew up in the Englewood neighborhood on the citys South Side. Keef is estranged from his biological father when he was a minor, Keefs legal guardian was his grandmother, whom he lived with during his residence in Chicago. He began rapping at a very young age, regularly listed as 5, using his mothers karaoke machine and blank tapes to record his music. During his childhood, Keef attended Dulles Elementary School and the Banner School, a therapeutic day school. Keef dropped out of Dyett High School at age 15.