Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
I been rapping since about the end of junior year of high school I believe. I think I started because my brother had started writing bars and shit. I started with a group of good friends and just slowly moved towards trying to actually record at my best bud Schramm’s house. We made some weak ass shit but it was a building block to getting better. In high school I went by Chiguy, then when I went to college I went by my actual nickname, “KaBoo,” which is what most people that I met in college still call me. I decided to change my name to Chizlonies the Lord because I’m the gawd and whenever I play COD Black Ops 3 online and I’m slaying I yell out “CHIZLONIES THE LORDDDDDD” hahaha. Other than that, I have hella different musical influences, ranging from Michael Jackson to Rod Stewart. Hip-hop wise, too many to count. Wale was my first real influence. In terms of my actual “career,” I’ve dropped a bunch of music over the years kinda silently. Opened as part of my duo “Rhyme n Reason” for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kids These Days when they were together, Mike Posner, People Under the Stairs, Timeflies, and others that I can’t remember. That was all in college, we were performing like 2 times a week on average basically.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
Well this particular song is a mix of two songs, with the first part being the first half of “All The Same” and the second part being the first half of “Night Shift.” For “All the Same,” it was kinda just me thinking about how I feel very different from a lot of the rappers coming out right now, and trying to stand out from them as much as possible. A lot of people nowadays sound the same, they are just carbon copies of a type of rapper. For “Night Shift,” it was more so me coming out and acknowledging that people been sleeping on me and my music for a while, but that’s okay with me, hence “I’ll take the night shift” and continue to grind while y’all sleep until y’all wake the fuck up.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
Man. I’m just trying to make music that I vibe with and that others can vibe with. Shit you can feel, shit that goes with your mood on a particular day, shit that can make you feel like you are the fuckin gawd, shit that uplifts, shit that makes you go “WOO!” Regarding ups and downs, I just feel there are hella barriers of entry that make it hard for people to get their good music out and garner fans. Gatekeeper blogs, inundation of email submissions to those blogs, lack of funds, lack of funds, and lack of funds lol. In a perfect world, you could drop some raw shit and it would get heard and gain traction, but that’s not how it works.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
I don’t really have any other members of my solo act, but I am part of Rhyme n Reason with my best friend Jason Onugha, who’s in medical school at the University of Miami. But I will say that the main part of my team as a solo act is my first best friend from high school, Johnathan Schramm. He is a beast and really a jack of all trades. Website design, social media advertising, single and album artwork, general knowledge of how music works and the industry. He actually made the artwork for House of Gawd Body and All The Same // Night Shift. My audio engineer is also an integral part of any music I make. His name is Roland Lim, he’s currently in law school at Depaul Law in Chicago, but he is still engineering on the side. He is self-employed as an engineer and also a professional engineer employed with Jungle Studios in Chicago. He is an all around beast as well with a very good ear. The track was basically recorded in my home studio, then I exported the vocal files and the beats (cuz I don’t have the stems for the beats) and sent them to Roland, who then mixed it as best as he could.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
Like I said earlier, I’ve been rapping since about junior year in high school, so 8-9 years. Sounds like a long ass time when I think about it. I don’t feel like I have any experience haha. My future goal is to just get this good ass music out to listeners, get some fans, and become the first notable Rapper-Attorney!
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
A lot of things inspire me, honestly. Things happening in my life, struggles, good times, milestones. My feelings at a given point of time will dictate how I write or what I write about. Sometimes a tragedy will occur and I’ll be inspired to write. Other times I will just be like “I need to write something, cold bars are brewing,” and find a beat and just write.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Man I don’t know if there is a secret. That shit is just magical. When you have something special, you just know it, and you don’t know it till after it’s made. It’s like, “how tf did I come up with this.” But it’s just magic.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
I wanna inspire anyone who thinks they are ordinary to know that they are extraordinary in their own way. You can do whatever you want to do whenever you wanna do it. Obstacles are meant to be sidestepped, hurdled, or blasted through. Dedication to your craft, to whatever you love doing, will always bring you success.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Shit I’m still an upcoming artist. Stay true to yourself and stay the course. Nothing happens overnight, no matter how it looks.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
With Rhyme n Reason, we’ve dropped a first mixtape called “Rhymes Down, Reasons Up.” Dropped a EP called “Common Sense” that were just dope songs over Common instrumentals. Dropped a mixtape called “The Revolution,” which is decent as fuck. Then dropped the most recent project (maybe like 2 or three years ago) called “The Book of R.” As KaBoo, I dropped a collab EP with my homie Wahala Ak titled “Streetwear and Sneakers.” Wahala Ak is a monster. You heard it here first. As Chizlonies the Lord, I’ve just dropped “House of Gawd Body” and “All the Same // Night Shift.” I’ve also dropped a bunch of cool ass singles as KaBoo but those you’d have to peruse the internet a little bit to find.
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
No Radio or TV. Stereofox featured me recently, OneTribeMag, Ok-Tho has featured me before, you guys of course, HypeFM, Niji Magazine, World Wide Hip Hop. Thanks to all of them for opening up the email in their inbox and pressing play.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Pretty much the same way I described earlier. I write em in my phone now, but I used to write in actual little book. I record, and take as many takes as possible to get it close to perfect. Then I go through ad libs and layers layers layers. My voice doesn’t carry as easily as others into the mic, so I tend to use layers to amplify my sound a bit.
Name five biggest artists that you like.
Smino, Wale (older stuff), Kendrick, Andre 3000 and Childish Gambino.
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I’ve only collaborated with guys just like me, cold ass dudes who aren’t popular. Kane Bleek from Chicago, Wahala Ak from Chicago, PSD from Bradenton, Florida, AkedaKeyz from STL by way of DMV, Camden Perkins from Mississippi, prolly some others I can’t remember right now. I would work with a multitude of guys if I had the chance. Alex Wiley, Smino, Childish, Wale on some Naija collabo shit, hella others.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
I don’t have a separate website yet, but my Facebook is www.facebook.com/chizloniesthelord.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I’d pay off my student loans on site, prolly my girlfriend’s and my brother’s maybe, put my mom and sister in a new crib, and pay whatever for top-notch medical care for my sister and her epilepsy. Then I’d just spend a lot on good ass restaurants cuz I love food. Prolly would invest a bunch of it too and put a lot into the music and actually being able to pay my manager and engineer lol.