Chief Keef tweeted the address of a north Minneapolis home last Friday afternoon, inviting his one million-plus followers to "throw eggs and shit in a bag and rocks and all that" at the house. The young Chicago rapper later deleted his call to action, though not before it had been reposted at least hundreds of times by fans.
Mr. Keef, born Keith Cozart, still hasn't explained what his beef was with that house's residents. These last few days, he's mostly been tweeting and posting on Instagram about smoking weed and playing Grand Theft Auto on Xbox.
As it turns out, the people living there were three college girls who were surprised — and understandably nervous — after getting called out by the rapper, who has a certain affection for guns and gang-type behavior. One of those women reportedly told TMZ that Keef's real animus is with a previous renter at that address.
Twitter's response to the dare has been threefold. Some have driven to that address and posted photo or video of Minneapolis Police Department cars watching the neighborhood. (Some of these Keef rewteeted; he also said, "They might Have the Police looking for me.") Others, of the local tough-guy variety, have met his challenge with one of their own, saying, essentially, come and get it. In the darker corners of Twitter, this has devolved into a conversation about who's really tough, and what will happen to someone who rides up on Minneapolis looking to start something.
More useful, surely, is a new call for the innocent victims of Keef's targeting to be made whole. According to a GoFundMe account registered by one of those women, Ashley Holeton, the three of them have stopped staying at that house completely. Because they were mistaken for the kind of people who beef with gangsters, they've had to start living like them: They're moving around town, staying with friends, sometimes sleeping in their cars.
But they're still paying rent on the house, and they say this nomadic lifestyle has been a financial burden and a source of stress.
"Please help us, if you are able, to afford a place to stay and feel safe again," writes Holeton.
As of this morning, seven people have taken them up on this, donating a total of $220 out of the $6,000 the girls are seeking. One guy asked why they'd been mentioned by Keef in the first place, saying people would be "more inclined to donate" if they knew the backstory of the issue.
"We have no information on why this was posted," Holeton replies. "That is why we are having so many issues, there are so many unanswered questions."
According to the account behind the GoFundMe, Holeton is a student at the Art Institutes International Minnesota, and makes ends meet with two gigs as a waitress.
Already, some are trying to draw Keef's attention to the crowdsourcing effort. "Pretty fucked up to put the wrong address on blast," wrote one user. "Shit man, pay for those girls to get a new place. Thought you were cool shit."
Keef has remained mum on the matter, but hasn't gone completely silent. On Wednesday morning, he tweeted a series of photos alerting his followers to the fact that he was playing Grand Theft Auto.
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