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Exclusive: Chavez Talks State Of Hip Hop, Projects, And More!

Posted by Underground On Top on September 2, 2015 at 3:05 AM



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What are you currently working on? What is the next project we can expect from Chavez?

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Most recently I've just been working hard on individual songs and seeing what they shape into. My original Idea for what I wanted my next project to be has been evolving like crazy, the only thing I know for sure is that I want it to be diverse and show off my different styles I can do, both lyrically, and instrumentally. As for what you can expect, something special, cause I don't just bang out subpar mixtapes like many "artists" my age try to do, it has to be special.

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Being a younger artist, is it hard/stressful to balance your music life with school, family, etc. things like that?


 

Yeah, it is, it was so much easier when I was an underclassmen of the high school set I found myself with more free time. Now with graduation right around the corner, college, and inevitable pressure to begin to find my way in the world, it's become much more difficult to find time to record and become inspired. I pay very close attention to my takes when recording, it has to be perfect, or I scrap it and start over, and since I get so little time to record, I have to be nearly on point every time to keep up with the release schedule I want to have, which is to have something out every month.


Are there any new collabs in the works? Who are some artists you would like to work with?

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There are a few at the moment yes, one with 5 other MCs that should be out very soon, a fun throwback track, I'll hold back on who's on that one until it's released. One that I'm also excited for is a short film/music video with a good friend of mine named Dmise, it's a fun west coast anthem with some different themes on it that'll appeal to a few different crowds. When it comes to artists I'd want to work with in the future, the list is crazy diverse cause I feel I could make great sounds with them. They all have elements I love and as I grow and escalate I hope to reach out to them one day in the future to really make something deep or fun, but to name a few: Hopsin, Stat Quo, Tech N9ne, Cashis, Snow Tha Product, Slaughterhouse, Chris rene, Lloyd banks, T-Pain, Ron Pope, Childish Gambino, Hyperaptive, Sage the Gemini and Skee-Lo (to name a few).


What is the local music scene like where you live? Is there a lot of support for independent artists on the come up?

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The music scene where I'm at is an interesting topic to say the least. Many of what I've seen are the typical carbon copies that do it for a quick buck that give us all a bad name, usually little to no mixing or mastering involved in their music, alright beats with bad delivery, typical content etc. For this reason, and especially in the high school environment, there isn't a lot of initial support for the average independent artist. Usually once I get them to listen they have a great attitude and its all good from there, you can get fans and possible resources from there, but I think because of the negative stigma towards young rappers it's a bit more difficult to come by, but it's all how you come off and differentiate you self from the rest with how you present yourself.


What do you think your biggest improvement has been since you started making music?

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Definitely conveying my emotions through more complex lyrics, I started initially with music trying to learn how to better express myself, and of course then I was terrible at it. Since then I've done extensive research and observation of my craft and those who have come before me and been successful too see what I can learn, and after coming to conclusion of what I want to personally achieve with my music, I've gotten better. I always wanted to stand out as something different, my way of doing it was being able to handle and juggle many different styles that I personally enjoy making that can appeal to many groups of people to brig them in, with all having great lyricism in common.


What is something you are working on as an artist, to better yourself?

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Trying to make everything I write about a different topic. Too many of us get caught up in a subject or idea and tend to make multiple songs with the same general feel and we go stagnant, diversity will definitely help set you apart. Many of the topics we speak on have been spoken on before, but when it comes to that, it's all about HOW you say it that can capture someone's attention.


How do you feel about the current state of Hip Hop? What are some positives? What are the negatives?

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I'd say the state of popular hip hop today is still stuck in the same cycle of shit that it was a few years ago. Granted there are some diamonds in the rough (Childish Gambino, Tyler the Creator, Iggy Azalea, & Chance the rapper) many are still stuck as becoming carbon copies that still sound nearly identical. People also look up to Kendrick Lamar a lot, at the moment he isn't particularly my thing but he has a few songs here and there that are dope. It's funny when you say that cause once you do people immediately jump on you with the "WTF?" And the "this kid doesn't know real hip hop" comments, and the "what is real hip hop" conversation can go on forever. As for the state underground it's in a great place! Funk volume stays putting out dope music, Tech N9ne on his 24/7 grind as always, up and comers like Denace, King Lil' G are dope as well. Id say the underground is still the best place to be, too many names to name but it's an ever changing and diverse place.


What makes you different from everyone else who wants to be a rapper?

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What makes me different from everyone else who wants to be a rapper? I'd say just a different attitude and way of going about things, I can't say my style is something totally different and out there like a death grips or something, but at the same time I'd say my talent is something to be reckoned with. What I look to do is heal the world with this rap shit, with hip hop. So many rappers rap about what they have, it's all about "getting theirs", but never consider using what they have to help someone else. I believe I can make music for people to dance to, vibe to, listen to when they need encouragement, when they want to get hyped, etc. Sounds for all emotions. So many rappers are stuck on one sound or wanting to push one image, where as I said, I wanna push strong diversity. As well as use part of the money (assuming I get as huge as I'd like) to help world hunger and many other causes that mean a great deal to me.

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