Chicago rapper Chief Keef puts down the pistols for paintball guns (VIDEO)

The mercurial Chicago-based rapper Chief Keef has become known for rapping about guns and violence in the Windy City, but recently admitted he had turned to paintballing in an attempt to distance himself from real firearms.

In a recorded therapy session with Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh, which aired Tuesday on Viceland’s TV series “The Therapist,” Keef speaks on his affinity for guns and talks about taking up paintballing as a hobby.

After Keef, whose legal name is Keith Cozart, talked about his troubles with the law and acknowledged he had a “love of guns,” Dr. Singh urged the rapper to find a way to legally and safely get involved with firearms, instead of continuing to flaunt the misuse of illegally obtained guns that has so negatively affected poorer communities in Chicago and other cities throughout the country.

“I took it to paintball. And I was doing it every day. I took it so serious,” Keef told Dr. Singh. “I don’t think I’ll ever have to have a gun again.”

Dr. Singh asked Keef to say that last part a little louder and the rapper obliged: “I’ll never have to have a gun again,” Keef repeated.

Though Keef expressed a desire to change during the interview, it comes after a tumultuous first half of 2017, as the rapper has been arrested three times so far this year, XXL reported.

On April 7, Keef was arrested in Miami Beach after officers discovered marijuana in his green Lamborghini and later charged him with DUI. The rapper was also busted with weed and paraphernalia at the Sioux Falls airport after a June concert.

Back in January, Keef was picked up by law enforcement in his Tarzana, California, home for allegedly assaulting producer Ramsay Tha Great. The producer accused Keef and his crew of breaking into his home, assaulting him with an AK-47, and stealing cash, a Rolex and other items.