Chicago up-and-comer Chief Keef has had his fair share of negative press over the past year. Now, in a recent interview with The Best of Both Offices, the 17-year-old rapper’s manager comes to his defense.

Chief Keef’s manager Rovan “Dro” Manuel said that he believes the Finally Rich rapper’s recent two-month sentence for probation violation has been “a wake-up call.” Manuel thinks the conviction has already helped Keef to learn from his actions and forge a new attitude.

“I think he [will learn a lesson]. I got a message from him that he’s had a wake-up call,” he explained. “This is a wake-up call for him. It wasn’t even his fault that it happened, but it happened. I think he’s gonna come out a different person. I think he’s gonna come out with some new music, a new attitude…he’s gonna get out and do some shows, and hopefully go up the charts.”

Manuel also said he feels that the Chicago Police Department wrongfully portrayed the young rapper as a criminal. He explained that Keef is very much a product of his Chi-Town environment, which has been plagued poverty and crime for decades.

“[The biggest misconception about him is] he’s a bad person, I guess, in the eyes of the Chicago [Police Department],” he said. “He’s not the first to put reality-based lyrics [in his music], as far as like talking about what’s going on in the inner-city for real. I think that it’s kinda messed up that they wanna blame him for all the murders, all the crime and all this other stuff that’s going on in Chicago. Keef is a minor. You can look back 18 years in the same neighborhoods where he was growing up and see that they were doing the same damn thing…he’s got a lot of stuff he needs to learn. It’s not like he came from a neighborhood where it’s 90-percent Jewish and schools are teaching him this-and-that. He didn’t come from that.”

As previously mentioned, Chief Keef was sentenced to two-months in an Illinois juvenile correctional center for violating his probation by appearing in a video interview at a gun range.

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