Daily Archives: February 20, 2011

The Relief of Chic Raw

In 2003, Chic Raw’s first mixtape, Shots For The Streets debuted, and gained great success on the streets of Philadelphia for his firm rap sound regarding to his struggles and pain. Raised in “The City of Brotherly Love,” Chic submitted to the materialistic fast life of money and respect, and so began selling hardcore drugs from weed to crack at the age of 15. Eventually, the fast life caught up to him and in 2005, he got into a drug related altercation and was shot, and by 2007, Chic was sentenced to prison for three years on federal chargers for distributing narcotics. Suddenly, the popular underground rapper found himself in a deep hole, almost ruining his chances to enter the music industry, however his determination, passion, and team behind him, he stayed motivated and focused.

Before incarceration, Chic Raw caught the attention of one of Rap’s powerhouse, 50 Cent, who still remained interested in the Philly rapper during and after his prison stint. During imprisonment, Chic had what he calls a “machine” behind him supporting him and updating him on what was going on in the music industry. In March 2010, Chic was released from prison and placed in a half way house where he would serve the remainder of his term, however, 50 Cent, was able to write a letter of employment for his lawyer to present to the Judge to get Chic out and back on his grind. Even though, unable to leave the State, money was put behind him, “They helped me put everything out and get back on the internet and the scene, as far as the underground scene for my city.”  The Philly rap game had changed, but Chic’s lyrical content still remains harder than the next song, and doesn’t think he should alter his style of rap to acclimatize to the current trend, “(Meek Mill) really tries to cater to people on what’s going on right now. I write from my heart, the majority of my music.” One of the Machines supporting and managing Chic is Dwayne McKenzie, A &R of G-Unit, has supported Chic while he was in prison and now helps him select what he releases guiding him to a successful direction.

Recently, Chic had collaborated with one of Philly’s finest, Jazmine Sullivan for a song called Fame (Got To Have It), “They sent me some beats through my email and one of the beats they sent me is the joint with her already on the hook. I said damn, I’m gonna go and do it.”  Shortly after releasing the song, Eminem released the same song with Jazmine Sullivan, called Cocaine, which has the same hook as Fame (Got To Have It), “I was like damn, I didn’t even realize he was watching, but see when people like that take your shit, there’s nothing you can do about it, cuz they in a better position than you.”

Chic Raw is now pushing his album, The Relief that’s being hosted by Mr. Peter Parker from Eminem’s Sirius Satellite radio show, SHADE 45.  The album contains 11 songs with two bonus songs and is receiving rave reviews on the underground scene in Philadelphia. Chic promotes his music videos on YouTube to give visual detail that brings his songs to life. In the next year, Chic Raw expects to change his sound, “I got a fan base just from being aggressive and loud on tracks, that when I came home from jail, I matured, like I calmed myself down.”  Now, Chic is working on a new project while perfecting his craft, determined to be on top one day, “Hopefully, you know, one day I get on. I ain’t gonna stop working hard until I get on.”

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People Go ‘ILL’ For CHILL

A college graduate in Speech Communication, Chill Moody is now gaining a degree in the underground rap world of Philadelphia. Moody’s distinctive lyrical content is often compared to conscious rappers such as Talib Kweli, Black Thought, and Common, so much so that he was fortunate enough to meet and rap for Common at a performance at Millersville University, “ He (Common) really took a liking for my lyrics.  (He) Liked what I was saying, liked what I was doing. He even shouted me out in one of his freestyles.”  Even though, he’s probably cursed about four times in his last album, mainly so that his mother wouldn’t feel embarrassed playing his music in front of other people, he thinks that’s where people tend to draw the comparisons from Chill Moody to conscious music. Moody called out the labeling in one of his songs “I carry a back pack, but I’m not a backpacker. It’s just me being me, just Chill… I’m not in the streets, I’m college educated, so I can only talk about the things I know.”

In 2009, the novice rapper debuted his Ill Chill album on his website, which had 100 downloads in 10 minutes and overall cleared an impressive 3,000 downloads. “I didn’t know 100 people were looking for my music or like anticipated for it to drop. It just started buzzin’ and it was like a snowball effect and it was a blessing.” As the front man for a hip- hop stable called, “Tha ESTablisymynt,” that includes a team of producers, rappers, and singers. In addition, Chill has a show on YouTube called, E.S.Tv. and has also created a clothing line called, Moody Sunshine. Chill plans on getting his feet into many production projects as possible and plans on directing as well as pursuing his music career.

Currently, Chill has released a more recent album entitled, wESTchilly with producer, Wes Manchild who has worked with him on his last album, “We tend to stick to the same formula. I like to work closely with one producer and get a cohesive sound for the album.”  His sound is distinguishable amongst other Philly rappers and carries a prolific sound that expresses the pits of reality that he has witnessed. He is without a doubt comparable to Nas, Common, and Talib Kweli for a reason and rightfully so, deserves respect for his art.

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