Tell us everything will need to know about you.
Born in Chicago’s South Side, the jazz influence is already deep in Chicago and his mother followed suit blaring soulful artists from The Bee Gees to Marvin Gaye. As his family moved around the city of Chicago; his love for music grew. Expanding from what he grew up on and neighborhood playlist of juke music, his love for Hip Hop touched each coast. East for their lyrical dexterity and West for grimy gangsta rap. South for the bass mixed with home-cooked lyrics. And Midwest’s ability to manipulate syllables with wordplay that created rapid-fire flows. Between life’s ills like the divorce of his parents followed by his father’s death, he gravitated to the allure of drug money. But no matter how crazy life would get he would always find peace in rap music. As his family continued to relocate he would continue to meet people that would help mold his own ability to manipulate words. Fast forward 10 years and the evolution of what Hip Hop has become allows Chylite to lace some of the most complex orchestration with his unique rapid-fire rhyme style. Proving such on numerous projects from his collaboration with 2Toxic on “Music Is My Lifestyle” to his most recent mixtape “12s Or Better”. Chylite is an artist whose unique style and wordplay constantly sets him apart from every other artist. As his motto goes… YOU SEE IT.
State your favorite genre of music and your reason.
My favorite genre would have to be rap. Not just because I do it but there’s a complexity in wordplay from all artists that has a Shakespeare-esque quality. If you really got some game; it’s never too complex to understand.
Tell us your experience as a musician.
I’ve had too many cliché experiences in the industry i.e. managers, D.Js, other artists. It’s all led me to act how I want other music people to act. But it’s more like chess. You got to plan ahead and move with purpose.
Tell us the theme of your song.
“TOT” is about not sticking to mold of what a song should be. Just bars on top of bars. No hooks or bridges. I feel that gives you a good idea of who the artist is when anyone does that.
Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.
Mack Bizz, Mynus, Absolut, and Scotty… Diar Lansky, Juice Master Jordan, 2Toxic, Dj Nicekicks, Boobie, and his family were all people that helped me musically.
Tell us about your future goals.
In the future, I just want to see my snowball get bigger. I shoot my own videos; edit my own music, so I want to lock down promotion and merch. That’s the wave.
Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.
Religion and politics seem to be here simply to separate the greater number of people. It seems like most in a position of power don’t give either too much weight. So neither do I.
Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.
If my music does anything other than make you want to drop excuses and pick up a purpose, you heard it wrong…
Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.
As artists, we are in a prime position to stay independent of companies that would enslave us. Yet and still, most artists just want a deal for cars and chains.
State the artists you cherish most and your reason.
Jay Z is where most praises go because he is forever inspirational.
Give us the links to your social network and stores.
Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.
Most lyrics are ideas. Actual wordplay and metaphors. But if I’m not satisfied with the finished product, I edit, rewrite, and do that until I’m satisfied.
Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.
Dealing with other artists is almost like dealing with thugs on the street. You got to feel out their intentions. Are they clout chasing? Trying to make a good song? Or trying to steal lyrics?
Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the kind of music with a genuine message that inspires them.
Both are necessary. You have to sometimes be inspired to do great things. Other times; ass MUST shake. Music is simply the soundtrack to life. So I try to not do one more than the other. It’s just what I’m feeling at the time.
Tell us what you know about copyright.
I’m BMI. Get your copyrights in order. That’s what I know.
Discuss the impact of a Performing Right Organization.
If you sign up to a PRO, it’s like just knowing someone is making sure all goes well as far as getting credit and residuals. It’s like being certified.
Go into detail on the recording process of this song.
When recording, I usually know what I’m going to say in the first 30 seconds of the beat playing. Soon as I hear something I run it back and start building a song in my head. Sometimes hook first sometimes verse first. It’s like hearing a song you heard in a dream. Lacing the vocals can sometimes be hard because you can’t capture what you heard in your head.
Discuss your music performance.
It’s imperative to have a good DJ for a good hip-hop show. The audience can feel the vibe of what you’re doing on stage and complement your performance. As a performer, it’s as simple as connecting with the crowd. But that too is a give and take. It’s real symbiotic.
Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist.
I’d call myself 8 out of 10. Simply because I have room to grow, but I have an established foundation and bodies of work that would show you who I am as an artist.