Chief Keef (WMAQ/Peeda Pan)
CHICAGO -- Chicago rapper Chief Keef is at the center of a huge controversy involving his response to the death of an 18-year-old rival rapper.
Keef, whose underground success blossomed in May when Kanye West released a remix of his song "I Don't Like," took to Twitter Wednesday and seemingly laughed off the shooting death of Joseph Coleman, aka Lil Jojo.
"Hahahahahahaha... It's sad cuz ... JoJo wanted to be jus like us #LMAO," Chief Keef, 17, responded hours after Coleman was struck Tuesday.
"LMAO" is internet slang for "lauging my a-- off."
The Chicago Sun-Times said Keef's tweet drew angry responses from his Twitter followers.
Coleman was shot in the back while riding a bike on the 6900 block of South Princeton Avenue in Englewood. He was pronounced dead hours later at a nearby hospital.
Jojo recently released a track called "3hunna K" that mocks Keef, rapper Lil Reese and a street gang. A YouTube video followed of Jojo and Reese yelling each other and someone telling Jojo he was going to kill him.
According to the Sun-Times, Coleman had been fueding with Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, as well as with two other rival rappers -- Lil Reese and Lil Durk. The Sun-Times also said he had been fueding with the Black Disciple street gang for months before the fatal shooting.
Keef also singled out Lupe Fiasco, who said last week in an interview than Keef and his kind of culture scares him. "Wen I see him I'ma smack him," the rapper tweeted about Fiasco.
Keef later said his account had been hacked, and that the responses were not from him.
Since his Kanye remix, which he did while on house arrest at his grandmother's house, he signed with Interscope records and was added to Lollapalooza's performance schedule this summer. Keef also was a surprise performer at this summer's Pitchfork Festival.
According to the Sun-Times and other published sources, the Chicago-born Fiasco had recently told a local radio station that he was afraid of the violence that Keef represents, and later said his next album would "probably" be his last, tweeting, "my heart is broken and i see no comfort further along this path only more pain. I cannot participate any longer in this... My first true love was literature so i will return to that... lupe fiasco ends here."
(WMAQ Chicago contributed to this report.)