When you have the Ambassador of the Bay by your side, there’s no losing. Introducing Chippass, who hails from Oakland and is newly signed to E-40’s Sick Wid It Records. With his father Timothy “Timmy Black” Bluitt serving as a right-hand for street legend “Crack-King” Darryl ‘Lil D’ Reed, who helped kickstart the careers for music elites MC Hammer and Too Short, Chippass doesn’t just bleed Bay Area, he bleeds Bay Area hip-hop. Read more…
Coming up alongside Lil B in high school, Chippass decided early on to choose rap over the streets. His style resembles a mixture of the hyphy movement, battle rap, the struggle, and the come-up. Since then, he’s created his own “Yang Style” and even celebrates a placement in the recent film Blindspotting. Look out for “Born In it” in theatres now.
For those who don’t know, who is Chippass?
I’m a young, Oakland representative. Sick Wid it Records. Born in the ENT. I got my own style. I don’t really follow trends. That’s just it with me, I just keep it real.
How’d you get your name?
Money. My first name was Lil Black, then it went to Chip Black, then my adlib was Chippass. So I was like, “Shit, everyone is calling me Chippass, let me make it my name.”
Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop?
I think I got my own little section, because I don’t dance, I don’t do drugs — weed of course, but I don’t do the other shit. So to me, I have my own type of lane. I don’t really club a lot. I don’t go unless it’s like a show or something. I don’t go out. I’m usually at the house getting high, chilling.
Talk about being from the Bay and how that plays into your life and career.
It helps a lot. Especially us being trendsetters out there, it kind of made it easy when I started rapping. ‘Cause you don’t want to be like nobody else when you’re from the Bay, so that kind of helped. And then just originality — going dumb, the hyphy movement, all that — nobody was doing that.
Did you come up in the time of the Hyphy movement?
Yeah, I was like 18 when it kicked off. But I come from the hyphy era where hyphy didn’t mean a dance. It was “with the shit”, like you were with the shit. So it was kind of different when it popped off.
Did you know The Jacka?
Yeah, for sure. Hell yeah. RIP, Jacka.
I was in L.A. when I found out he passed, and I literally cried.
Man that shit was deep. We was literally down the street.
You actually went to high school with Lil B. Can you bring us back to the days of NhT Boyz.
That was my boy. He’s the same way he is now as he was then, ‘cause he’s hella goofy. A lot of people take it too serious, I laugh at it because I know him. But the NhT Boyz, we started a lot of trends. You know how a lot of people say “gang”, and “ganging” and shit, we been saying “yang”, and “yanging” and all that. But shout out to everybody that’s doing it. They need to pay homage though. [laughs] Lil B used to ask me to critique his music before I was rapping.
You mentioned how during the time, friends were going to jail, dying, etc. How were you able to stay away from that or was that the life you were living also?
It was just a part of how we grew up. It’s just we just had to go through it. But then when I had a chance to get away from it, for sure. Especially when you’re young, you can’t really go to too many places. You go out of town, but you can’t really go out of state. But you know, we’ve moved now.
At what point did you realize you wanted to rap?
When my best friend passed away in 2012. I was always rapping — I took it serious, but I didn’t really take it serious until that happened. It was like, “Aw nah, you got to really do this shit.”
How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It’s real important because a lot of people are out here. When it comes to rubbing shoulders with up and coming artists or artists that’s already doing their thing, you can meet a lot of people. It’s always good to come to LA, for sure.
Talk about signing to E-40’s label and what the Unc means to you.
Unc, he gives game all day. Even before I signed to him, he was giving me game. Coming to him was good because to me, if I’m going to sign to somebody, I want to sign home. Put home on. And E-40, he’s one of the biggest dudes in our region.
What’s the best piece of advice he’s given you?
Stay original, and stay consistent. That’s all you got to do. Because a lot of people get to that wall and it gets hard and they want to turn around. You got to just stay at it. Kick the wall down.
Original Yangster 3 is your first release on Sick Wid it records. What is it you want fans to get from your story?
Just authentic, originality. A lot of people are scared to do bars and lyrics because the era we’re in. So to me I’m going to change that.
You recently dropped the visual for “Yang Style.” Talk about your Yang clique and how it came about?
When we started off, we were just NhT Boyz, but we started adding people on as far as rappers, etc. Being the original NhT members, we wanted to seperate ourselves from the NhT, so we did Yang Gang. The Yang style was just more… we put Yang on everything first. How we did Yangster, everyone said “wanksters.” Instead of freestyle, we put “Yang Style.” Because people don’t freestyle like that. [laughs]
Where do see yourself in 10 years?
Six Bugatti’s. Mansions. I don’t really care about the jewelry, I just don’t want to leave the house. Me and my team got mansions, doing our thing.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
That’s a hard question. I really don’t know. Before I really started taking rap serious, I was doing some stuff I wasn’t supposed to be doing. I’d probably be dead or in jail.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
For me? Wake up, get my son dressed, fuck with him, drop him off, get to work. Do the same shit over and over again. It’s work, my child, work, my child.
3 things you need in the studio?
Some weed, me, and a microphone.
Favorite song to perform in a set?
“Go Ask That Bitch.”
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Lil Wayne, Carter 1.
I like Carter III.
I like Carter III too, but Carter 1 is that one.
Jigga, Big L and Pac.
What about someone here now?