Friday, July 2, 2010
Q-and-A: Dallas rapper Big Chief tells us why “this city belongs to Chief”
He's celebrating his album release called "Da City is Mine” Vol. 11.
DALLAS We think rappers and we think money, fame, fast cars and even faster women. But what about before fame hits? Not everything is gold chains and Cristal. Take rap music legends Tupac, Jay-Z, and the Notorious B.I.G. for example. Before they made it big, Jay-Z says in his 1999 hit it was “a hard knock life.”
Local Dallas rapper Big Chief can relate. Raised in West Dallas in the Rupert Circle housing projects, Big Chief bore witness to poverty, drugs, and gang violence, which has helped fuel his lyrics for his records. Since the tender age of eight, Big Chief has been able to use his background and his environment as material for his music. While perfecting his craft, Big Chief took on the mantra “eat greedy or don’t eat at all,” which has created a sort of movement along the Dirty South in the underground rap music scene.
Big Chief has been in the music game for many years and it has taken him quite a bit of time to get to the high point that he happily sits at today. Although he has had a track hit No. 5 on the Billboard music charts with his 2008 single “My Swagg,” he says he won't be content until he has made it to No.1. And judging by the big to-do at his release party Thursday night at All Star Studio Lounge, it looks like Big Chief may have a hit record on his diamond ring-studded hands.
While promoting his new album, the 11th installment of his “Da City is Mine” series which is being released on New York based Make Millions Music label, Big Chief chatted with Pegasus about his new record and his hometown.
Big Chief — My Swagg
Where do you like to perform in Dallas?
Big Chief: The club tonight is probably the best venue that I love to perform at because of the stage and the look. It is just all bossed up, you know what I’m sayin’? I consider myself a boss, so the venue that I am at tonight, Club Cirque, is the best venue.
Tell me about your knew album.
It is pretty much self-explanatory. It is like me reintroducing myself to the whole city and taking over what was mine anyway. I took some time off and was just chillin’ so know I am back full fledge and I am going to let people know that, that this city is mine. No matter what is going on, this city belongs to Chief.
What about this album stands out from your previous albums?
It is pretty much the push that I am getting behind it. The other albums I drop them and let them do what they do, but this one has a real live campaign behind it. A real launch behind it. That is what really set it apart from any other album.
What is your favorite track on the record?
I got one called “I’m Just A Man.” It is real hot. It is some real good music that ya’ll will love. You can just sit and put it on repeat. It is feel-good. It will make you feel good.
What are your musical influences?
My influences are a bunch of old cats like Tupac and Jay-Z, but pretty much I have been doing it for so long that I am influenced by my own self. I am still here and I am still doing it and people still know what I am doing. That influences me to keep on doing it and keep pushing until I get where I need to be because I have been for a minute. Just my longevity influences me to keep on going.