Recent criminal and legal issues plaguing Chicago rapper Chief Keef have some people still counting him out. But some people feel there’s hope the 17-year-old can change his behavior. Reverend Corey Brooks of Chicago’s New Beginnings Church plans on giving Keef (whose real name is Keith Cozart) a new beginning when he’ll baptize the rapper after he’s released from serving his time in juvenile custody.
”I think people forget he is 17 years old,” Brooks says. “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.”
The “rooftop pastor” is famous for holding a 94-day vigil on the roof of a Super Motel (which is no longer standing) across the street from the New Beginnings Church in light of recent murders in the city, which is where the baptism will take place.