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Rapper Chief Keef Isn't Linked To Compton Weed Shop Where 2 Were Shot, Rep Says

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Two people were found shot dead inside a Compton marijuana dispensary Wednesday night, and rapper Chief Keef wants nothing to do with it—even though the pot shop bears his name.

Chief Keef's manager Rovan Manuel told the L.A. Times on Thursday that the Chief Keef Glo Shop on East Compton Blvd. was opened by a fan in homage to his client, whose real name is Keith Cozart, without his knowledge. "It's not ours," Manuel said. "If it was ours, it would have a lot more class."

But numerous articles, social media posts and videos seem to suggest the contrary.

According to Complex, Keef opened a dispensary last fall. Though the Instagram post below doesn't specify where the shop is located, the light neon green exterior of the building is markedly similar to the building where the bodies were found.

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Wolf Da Boss, an affiliate of Chief Keef and member of his crew called the "Glo Gang," is featured in the video below touring the shop, showing off its many accoutrements and sampling the products himself. The address of the shop, at 4803 East Compton Blvd., matches the scene of the homicide, according to the website Weedmaps (essentially, a Yelp for weed dispensaries).

Police were called to the scene at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday after someone reported a "person dead" inside the building, according to KTLA. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department found the bodies of two men inside, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene. According to the L.A. County Coroner's office, only one of the men has been identified as Jerry Brown, 53.

A neighbor interviewed by KTLA off-camera who gave her name as Tania said that she'd heard that "around 2:30 in the morning they had a shootout in this area, and that the next shootout was in the afternoon around 3, 4 in the afternoon." When asked if she knew the people who operated the shop, she said she was close with them, and that "I know for sure they have a permit, they're not doing it illegal."

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Still, Keef's representatives deny that he has any involvement whatsoever. Grant Zimmerman, A&R at FilmOn Music, which released Keef's latest album Bang 3, told hip hop news site HipHopDX, "I got a text from my boy letting me know about the situation...Didn't really believe Sosa [Keef's nickname] had any weed shop in Compton, but my prayers are for the victims and their families."

As of Thursday morning, the identity of the owner of the shop is pending investigation, police said.