Just when you think Smooky MarGielaa is the youngest rapper in the game at 15, in comes WYO Chi. At 14 years old, Wyo.chi is somehow currently juggling being a normal freshman in high school along with a flourishing rap career. As evidenced by his 95.4K followers on Instagram alone, the Philly native proves he has what it takes to hang with the big dogs, with a loyal fan base to back him up. Read more…
This year alone, WYO Chi unleashed 3 singles, “Saucy,” “Hardly,” and most recently “Spaceship,” all which hail over one million views on Youtube each. If that’s not enough, real name Elvis Febles also already caught the attention of Meek Mill, a fellow Philly legend.
For those who don’t know, who is WYO Chi?
I’m a rapper from Philly.
Talk about how you got your name.
I got my name from Wyoming, a hood in Philly. I shortened it to WYO, and then Chi is from Scarface: Chi Chi.
You’re only 14, what you know about Scarface?
I used to watch it with my pops. [laughs]
Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop and R&B?
I’m a rockstar. I would say hip-hop, but I make all types of music. Trap, love, kids music… I can do anything.
You’re from Philly, how does that play into your life and career?
It’s kind of hard, because people don’t have what I have. They be hating.
What do you have?
Like the designer jeans and all that. People don’t have all that in Philly.
How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It’s very important. I get to network and all that. I get to get more poppin’ out here like I’m poppin’ in Philly. I’m popular here, but not like in Philly. In Philly, it’s crazier… for now.
Since you’ve been in LA a couple days, what’s your favorite part about the city?
Riding the scooters. [laughs] On the beach.
Being that you’re so young, how the fuck are you viewing the rap game?
I’m poppin’. I’m the only young artist really doing it. I just go off what the older cats do, and do it better.
At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
When Worldstar posted me. My manager hit them up and then next thing you know, they were posting my new song, “Saucy.” I’m like “what the hell?”
“Spaceship” is at over 1.3 million views. Did you foresee it blowing up like this?
Yeah. Because a lot of other songs did it, why this one can’t do it? Shooting the video was great. We had a party bus. We did little scenes on the block in Penn’s Landing in Philly. It was lit.
Talk about the support you have from Meek Mill.
Meek really be showing love. He just dropped his EP, and I did a little dance playing around. He posted me and followed me and all that. I was like, “Damn, he just posted me, what the hell?”
You have support from Lil Durk and Lil Mosey… how important are co-signs in the game?
It’s important because I can just go off what they’re telling me, and do better with my own stuff.
Do you have a mentor in the industry?
My mom and that’s it. She’s really the one pushing me and all that.
What does moms think of your career?
She’s excited. She likes what I’m doing. She wants me to have the best. Do what I always do: make music and have fun.
What are you currently working on? Any upcoming collabs? Project?
I have one coming soon, probably have some famous people on there. People who I’ve been with, they should get the hint by that. If they really know me, they know the people I’ve been with are famous, so they should know.
What is it you want fans to get from your story?
That money, music, or miracles don’t just happen. You have to work for what you want.
How important is social media for your career?
It’s very important. It’s basically for kids now, Instagram and all that is where everybody texts. You meet girls, you meet guys, it’s where everybody meets. I’m on it the whole time, all day. When I’m not doing something active, I’m probably on my phone on Instagram.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Chilling on the block, riding 4 wheelers and dirt bikes. Just be chillin’, like it’s normal. Go outside, chill, go to the store and go get me a hoagie. There’s a store around my block, they got the best hoagies. I go there every day. Ham, cheese, and mayonnaise, I’m simple. With some chips.
3 things you need in the studio?
An engineer, a beat, and Notes on your phone.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
Sports: football, baseball, basketball, or even just ride bikes.
What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
My show when we sold out. The way they were interacting with me and all that, how they were screaming before I came out, I was just like “dang, I want to do another show.” I’ve only done 3 shows, but the third one was really the best one.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Lil Baby, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Meek Mill, PnB Rock, Lil Durk, YBN and them. There’s a lot.
What advice do you have for an aspiring WYO Chi?
Be yourself and stay motivated. Have somebody close to you telling you the right thing. Go into the right path and have a team behind you, and you’re going to be better than WYO Chi.