It’s time to “Free Sosa.”
South Side teen rapper Chief Keef — who calls himself “Big Gucci Sosa” — is expected to get released from juvy lockup Thursday after serving 60 days for violating probation on a gun charge.
And Chief Keef’s “Granny” can hardly wait.
“I’m so glad he’s coming home because it hurts my soul that he’s locked up,” Margaret Carter said Wednesday. “Oh, it wears and tears on me.”
Chief Keef got locked up in January after Cook County Juvenile Judge Carl Anthony Walker ruled the rapper — whose real name is Keith Cozart — violated his probation when he appeared in a Pitchfork.com video holding a rifle at a New York gun range.
Chief Keef, 17, was released after appearing in court Thursday.
"After this, the case is done," Keef's attorney Dennis Berkson said. "I hope he resumes his career and does what he needs to do to promote his music."
Carter said Chief Keef plans to release a single from his forthcoming album shortly after getting out of jail.
Carter visited Chief Keef three times while he was locked up. She said he has been focused on music and studying for this high school equivalency exam — but she's not sure if he took the test.
“Keith’s got a lot of music. He wrote a lot before he went in, and he wrote a lot while he was gone,” she said. “He’s focusing music ... and he wants to be baptized.”
Well, Granny says she doesn’t know if Chief Keef actually plans on taking up Pastor Corey Brooks on his offer to baptize the rapper.
“Keith talked to me sideways about it,” Carter said. “That’s his old neighborhood pastor. There’s no telling what he told Corey, and if he’ll do something different. But Keith’s little sister says she wants to go with him. And my oldest son says he wants to get baptized again, too. … We’ll see what Sunday brings us.”
Carter said she’s relieved that Chief Keef will soon be out of trouble and back to busting rhymes.
But she’s stressed about all the shooting in Chicago, especially after the murder of infant Jonylah Watkins, who was shot about a mile from the Washington Park apartment where Chief Keef lived with Carter.
“It’s crazy out here. I really feel for that baby that died, 6 months old,” she said. “Are we living in the end days … like it says in the Bible? Feels like it.”
Still, Carter said she’s not worried about Chief Keef — who raps about shooting rivals and snitches — getting involved in violence or getting caught with guns.
“I ain’t worried. Keith is going to be good,” she said. “His devil is all those girls. Oooh, those girls are the devil. Everybody needs to just leave him alone and give him a big box of rubbers.”