Why Chief Keef Could Use a 60-Day Timeout

January 17th, 2013

(Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

By: Dan Reagans

Prison is never a good place to visit, but in certain instances it can be beneficial to one’s longevity. Today, Chicago rapper Chief Keef appeared before a judge today and he was sentenced to 60-days in jail for probation violation. While fans of the 17-year-old rap star may have to sit tight and double digest the young rapper’s Finally Rich debut (which dropped last month) before they can look forward to any new material, this short trip to the hoosegow may be a blessing in disguise.

We all know that a rapid rise to fame and fortune without the proper guidance can lead to self-destruction quicker than the drum patterns heard on a Mike Will beat. Without implying that Keef was in the HOV lane to self-destruction, the young rapper has been making some horrid choices over the span of the last 6 months. If its not an inappropriate tweets or Instagram post, it was recklessly blowing off his own music video shoot. A quick timeout for life and career assessments are certainly in order. There’s no written manual or how-to guide that comes with all the spoils of a million dollar record contract or a smash single, so 60-days on pause should provide Sosa with the perfect opportunity to plan plot and strategize on ways to keep out of trouble.

Keef and his city have been the target of unfair scrutiny despite rappers like Waka Flocka and others coming to his defense. It’s obvious that the young lad has a tremendous load on his plate, and no one really wants the “I Don’t Like” rapper to fall through the record industry cracks, but if he doesn’t take this to time away from the spotlight to get things in order he just may find himself right back where he started or worse. 17 or not, today’s rap climate can be just as cold as the streets of Chiraq, so to rise up from the slums only to piss away a golden opportunity would be the definition of a travesty.

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