Authorities have identified the two men found dead Wednesday night in a Compton medical marijuana shop that bears the name of rapper Chief Keef, although the rapper has denied ownership of the business.
Wolf Da Boss, a self-described artist whose real name is Marqese Tann, 36, and Terrence Brown, 53, were both found dead in the marijuana shop shortly before 7 p.m., said Lt. Steve Jauch of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department.
The shop was known as the Chief Keef Glo Shop and named after the rapper Chief Keef, however his manager denied that he has any formal ties to the dispensary.
Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, has never been to the shop on East Compton Boulevard, his manager, Rovaun Manuel, said Thursday.
“It’s not ours,” he said.
A fan opened the Chief Keef Glo Shop without notifying the rapper, who later learned it was opened as a shout-out to him, Manuel said.
“If it was ours, it would have a lot more class,” he said.
But according to the music website Complex, Chief Keef announced the shop’s opening last October on Instagram. Chief Keef did not reveal the location of the shop, but the exterior of the business, a single-story building painted green, resembled the same one involved in Wednesday’s shooting.
“Me an @wolf_daboss just opened a new GLO gang weed shop were u can find me an my OG… Open tomorrow from 10:00 to 12:00 7 days a week gang [expletive],” Chief Keef wrote.
The rapper’s manager said Chief Keef posted the video to his Instagram “for money or as a favor.”
The location in the 4800 block of East Compton Boulevard matches that of a marijuana dispensary described by the website Weedmaps as the “Chief Keef Glo Shop.”
Wolf Da Boss had described himself as a “Chief Keef and Glo Gang artist” and his Instagram shows photographs of marijuana-laced brownies, plant buds and a list of inventory.
Manuel said Wolf Da Boss was once affiliated with the record label Glo Gang. Chief Keef and members of the record label met Wolf Da Boss last year. Wolf Da Boss was friendly with Blood Money, a 30-year-old Glo Gang rapper who was gunned down last April in a Chicago neighborhood, Manuel said.
As of Thursday afternoon, detectives have not identified the owners of the store, and it’s unclear what relationship both victims, Brown and Tann, had to each other and to the store.
Times staff writer Jeanette Marantos contributed to this report.