Slidin’ Thru: Chaz French

April 10, 2018

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If you’ve seen Chaz French perform live, you’re probably already familiar with the energy he’s capable of. That same energy is channeled through his music. Hailing from the DMV, the 26-year-old rapper holds nothing back in his debut album, True Colors. This serves as his first major label debut, signing with Capitol Music at the top of 2017. Read more…

From being homeless to touring with J.I.D. and Earthgang, this comes as a result of years of hard work, dedication, and a true love for music. And this is only the beginning. While listeners may be drawn to the turn up, Chaz puts his heart into his music, touching on real-life struggles and how his life has changed since fatherhood.

For those who don’t know, who is Chaz French?

Who is Chaz French? Chaz French is a father first, an artist second, and a family man.

Oh word? Dope.

Yeah, I love my kids.

How many?

A lot. Just kidding.

How old are you?

I’m 26.

Dang, you’re young. How would you describe your sound?

My sound is, I guess, it’s… what is it differentiates? Is that the word? It’s alive. You can get turn up. You can get soulful. You can get harmonies. You can get… it’s a lot. It’s a move. My sound is a move

Where do you fit in the realm of Hip Hop?

I mean, I want to be I want to be known as one of the greats. You know what I’m saying? I want to be looked at like a Kendrick or like a Cole. So I feel like I’m in that realm, but we all got our own name. We all got our own sound, you know?

Your music video for “Hol’ Up” with Shy Glizzy is fire. Talk about your relationships with artists from the DMV.

We all just starting to come together. You know, it’s cool. We all know each other, we all know of each other. It’s just it’s a growth thing. I’m cool with pretty much everybody. I don’ have no issues with too many people.

How important is it to come to LA for music?

Very important. When I come here I get super nervous. When it comes to performing and everything, it be the most nerve-racking.

Really, why?

Here and New York. I don’t know, it’s just the crowds. The validation, for whatever reason.

The crowd was here for you tonight though!

It was lit.

How’s tour been?

Tour has been great! I love performing. That’s when I get to like put my emotions into everything on stage. To show people a feeling, if that makes sense. It’s almost like a long distance relationship, and then you finally get to see the person.

Speaking of, what do you want fans to get from your story?

Anything is possible and it’s up to to you at the end of the day. You matter. People put so much energy into other people that they forget about themselves. And there’s nothing wrong with being selfish for a little bit. Of course, give back though. I’m a giving person, so I learned the hard way. I put people before me. I’ve learned the hard way, how that can really affect you as a human being sometimes.

If you had one song for fans to listen to to hear your story, what would it be?

To hear my story? Every fucking song I make. [laughs] No seriously, one specific song? My intro to my first project, Happy Belated.

Your debut album ‘True Colors’ had you pressing the reset button on your life. How has that journey been and what have you learned about yourself in the process?

I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned a lot about who I am and I’m getting to know me better. Like I said, I put so many people before me sometimes that I forget about me. So this whole process with the project and tour is getting to know who Chaz is, more than anything.

Talking about signing to a major record label. What’s your take on the music industry?

The music industry is like high school.

Is it? Put us on.

I can’t say too much. The music industry is like high school, though. NEXT.

What does black history month mean to you?

Everything cause I’m black. And I’m proud of my people.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.

I’m either rapping, I’m filming, or I’m being a dad. I’m pretty boring.

What’s it feel like going from being homeless to living out your dreams?

The best feeling ever. And I’m still not there yet. I’m still not where I know I can be. It just goes to show me that if you stay true and if you really want it, you can get it. So it just pushes me to go harder and harder and harder.

What would you be doing if you weren’t rapping?

Rapping. [laughs]

That’s it? No backup?

Nope, stuck to my plan A.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?

When people know my daughter before they know me. When people know my kids… when people come to talk to me about how good of a dad I am.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?

Anderson .Paak. And Chaz French is the most played, too.

Dream collab?

Kid Cudi. And Amy Winehouse.

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