WIB Meets return with an explosive chat with the cat named Chuuwee. The rising emcee shares some pretty off kilter details regarding his life, music and aspirations. I need not say he’s one hell of an entertaining fella.
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For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past several years…who on earth are you?
I am the legend. Mobb Marley. The Underground King, the Sultan of Sacto, the South Sac Mack, I am Chuuwee a/k/a the Gatz! LOL
How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
How I got started and what drives me are both point to my Mother. My mom used to have a set up in her bedroom when I was a kid, so I would always crack her door open and watch her work. Then one day back when I was in elementary school, I had always done poetry, but I said I’m going to try to rap now.
Do you remember the first recording/song you ever made?
My first ever official recording was called “Non-Chalant.” The chorus started out like “Non-Chalant when you say you got the drop on fools/ I flip the script and now I got the drop on you.” I Was 13 in the 8th grade and we recorded it on my homies mom’s computer.
If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?
I would like to share every instance in which me and my family were homeless. I would share the time I was molested by an elder female in my family, I would share the times I ran through Meadowview putting work in to get put on, there’s a lot of down points in my life that made me who I am that I haven’t exactly spoken on in records.
Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?
I play video games as much as I can. I’ve never exactly had a 9-5. I’ve been hustling all my life selling whatever I can, WHATEVER I can. I’m engaged to be married, and I have my own apartment in San Diego, been living here 2 years now.
What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
Unfortunately there is no fun thing about working in the music industry. You always run across these cats who everyone glorifies but they really don’t fuck with any of it; the fame, the attention, etc. You get these cats who came into it to change the game, but the politics and greed have left them so drained of energy that now they’re back to square one and it’s fuck them all, have my bread. That’s where I have become in this music industry. That’s what it does to you, and there’s no way around it sooner or later everyone suffers this fatigue.
Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
Losing my best friend Ashlee Walker for one, it really opened my eyes to life and death. Of course I have been losing people for a while — I’ve lost lot of people extremely dear to my heart, but she was very very special to me and a key factor in my motivation. Losing her really showed me that life is an unexpected endeavor, and anything can happen at anytime. Also losing my aunt Tammie Burnside was a tremendous pain that motivated me more than I ever have been.
But for a lighter note, the most important moment ever in my life was meeting my fiancée. I didn’t know it at the time, but she was almost like a sign from somewhere of positive things to come.
What have been the biggest highlights?
The biggest highlights of my life are, meeting and building with 9th Wonder. Him and his family showed me how to build with the Gods and taught me the daily math that was extremely honoring to witness. Also co-headlining both Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, and FSU Homecoming with T.I. — those were easily the best days of my life.
What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge in my life has been my legal battle with my record label Amalgam Digital. Despite only having a distribution deal, there was a disagreement and accusations of breach of contract from both parties ultimately rendering me without a Bandcamp, or means of releasing music from 2013- 2014. An agreement has finally been reached, but that shit fucked up a lot of things for me.
Who are your heroes? Why do they rock your world?
My heroes are my mother, My father, Del The Funkee Homosapien, and UGK. They rock because all of them in some way or form in my eyes have gone against the grain and bled, sweated and cried to be successful, and pave a new path in what black people can do to do succeed.
Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?
Man the list is crazy, 9th Wonder, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Rapsody, A-Plus, Opio — all of these cats have either given me incredible life advice that I still use to this day. That and the legacy that their name holds, and how it doesn’t get to their heads, is what makes them so cool to me.
When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?
I want to look back and know that I never gave into conformity. I never rapped for bitches and glory, and I never fronted on wax to be respected. I can look back at 97 and say I stepped out and ventured into something that most people could never get a shot at. I lost my opportunity, got it back twice before going onto reign heavy. I can look back and proudly say “Man I did that shit!”
What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
My most memorable gig would probably be headlining my own concert in Philadelphia. I’ve headlined a shit ton of concerts before but I had never been to Philly, and even though it wasn’t packed, I headlined a show in Philly man, like Chuuwee LIVE in Philadelphia! That shit was surreal.
If not that time I co-headlined with 9th Wonder & Rapsody in San Francisco, we smoked so much ‘dro in the greenroom dawg lol. When 9th and Rapsody came they had to stand in the hallway it was so cloudy haha.
What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?
I really can’t remember a strange one. Actually when I met Tech Nine it was super awkward lol. So he walked up trying to give me dap, and I’m just sitting there holding his hand for like eight seconds just staring off while he’s trying to shoulder bump me and I’m just like OH FUCK, now he thinks I’m rude haha.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
My ideal dinner guest would be Ms. Badu. We would have hibiscus tea and something foreign and full course, and discuss suns and moons over big ass all natural weed blunts.
What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?
Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player
“Suite” by Key!
“On my Way” by Wavy Wallace
“Know Yourself” by Drake
“Appreciation” by Chief Keef
“Fork” by 2Chainz
What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?
LOL. In all honesty I am enthusiastic, by original definition. I highly believe that I am possessed by a God, and anything I speak into existence becomes reality.
Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?
You can stay updated with everything I do at @EL_Ch3z or allchucaneat.com
Any final thoughts?
Go buy my discography niggas. #EatShit! ;) allchucaneat.bancamp.com
Debut album drops June 2015, The South Sac Mack is now in-stores! Big ups to Below System Records & JR&PH7.