By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
AzChike explodes onto the LA rap scene with dark, enticing bangers that scream all things West Coast.
With the success of “Burn Rubber Again” catapulting him into the mainstream light, the South Central rapper drops off My World earlier this year, recorded solely off vibes.
AllHipHop talked w/ AzChike about his breakout single “Burn Rubber Again,” and his immediate thoughts and feelings on Uncle Too Short not reaching out to him after he hit success with the remake.
AllHipHop: What was the inspiration behind your name?
AzChike: I used to conscious rap before I got on the West Coast party s##t, before I got the style that I have today. Basically, I used to try to be deep with everything. Chike is Egyptian. I actually did my research on it. I just wanted something different. It was AzGang or some bulls##t. I didn’t like that because everyone was putting “gang” and all that. I changed it to Cult, then I looked it up. It’s originally Chike Bes, I just say Chike though. Chike stands for power of God and Bes means brings joy, so it means “power of God brings joy.” I just like having something to stand on, having substance and s##t. I don’t like being flimsy and just throwing s##t out there.
AllHipHop: Top 5 LA rappers & where do you fit?
AzChike: This is not in no type of order, but for sure Roddy Ricch. Shout out Roddy Ricch. For sure Blueface. For sure (1Take)Jay. My brother Saviii 3rd, he just can’t stay out the law way. If he can do that, I’ll put him in this s##t. I want to put him in this s##t.
AllHipHop: Didn’t Blueface get locked up recently?
AzChike: Yeah, but they let him go. They’re keeping a hold on Saviii 3rd. They don’t have to keep him in jail right now. They’re just keeping a hold on him until after Christmas. I think he gets out on the 28th of December. He’s got to miss the drop of his album and Rolling Loud, so it’s f##ked up.
Roddy Ricch, Blueface, 1TakeJay, myself and Rucci. That’s who is doing the damn thing right now, fresh on the come up. Everywhere. Who’s about to get signed, who’s already signed, and just promising futures. That’s my top 5 right there.
AllHipHop: “Burn Rubber Again” is at over 7.2M on Youtube. Did you foresee is blowing up like this?
AzChike: Hell no. We knew it was going to go crazy, I was talking about having everyone do a challenge, and I don’t even like challenges. I never did it. Never will. Never do that s##t. You couldn’t tell me it was going to do 7 million and help change my life. The s##t just hit 7 million, it was on 6. It’s f##king wild.
AllHipHop: Do you think Too Short heard it?
AzChike: I know the f##k he heard it! I know Too Short heard it. Look Too Short, don’t take it too personal, but your old ass got me f##ked up.
AllHipHop: Why? Did he get you in trouble?
AzChike: No. He was supposed to say something or tap in. I’m not looking for my ass to be kissed, or my d##k to be rode or a handout, but n##ga, period. I don’t care.
AllHipHop: He shows mad love to the Bay cats.
AllHipHop: Have ya’ll met? I’m sure it’ll be all love.
AzChike: I’ve never met Too Short. He knows everybody I know, I don’t see the difference. I don’t know no other “Burn Rubber” that went up like mine besides his. Even the one with TeeFlii, it wasn’t represented like mine.
They just had the same sample in the beat. But me, it’s really called “Burn Rubber Again.” You get what I’m saying? That s##t’s going stupid. It’s already been out for a year and people still hearing it today.
AllHipHop: It’s almost like these new cats haven’t heard the old one, they just know yours.
AzChike: Yeah! I’ve brought that s##t back to life. It’s like “damn Short, you were supposed to been said something to a n##ga a long time ago.”
I was supposed to have been got that cosign honestly but hey, to each their own. He’s probably a busy man. He be f##king with young n##gas out here in LA though. I know one of his artists. We just did a song together.
AllHipHop: Who is it?
AzChike: Radio Base from the IE, he got the song “Bless the Bottle. ”He’s signed to Too Short. They know who the f##k a n##ga is. A lot of these big rappers know what the f##k it is. They want to see if you’re going to be a fluke, or for the moment. Because people will do s##t, shout me out, play my song, and that’ll be it. People will be thinking I got to link up and do a song with them. I’m like “f##k that.” I’m not finna d##k ride you. I’m going to say thank you and give a good appreciation, like really thank you.
If you don’t elaborate off of that and really f##k with me, then there’s nothing really to talk about. I said thank you, you said you’re welcome, we move on with our lives. A lot of these big motherf##kers know who I am, but I don’t care.
Want me to perform in front of ‘em, so the whole crowd can sing it and be like “oh, that’s you?” That’s what they want. That’s what they wait for, until you’re in person with them.
That s##t is gay. A lot of people that though. Not even just bigger rappers, but bigger blogs, all that. s##t pisses me off. Ya’ll supposed to be the ones tapping in and finding the fresh talent. Not like that, but not everybody’s doing the numbers we’re doing. The least you can do is put respect on somebody’s work ethic and results that came out, and not overlook them. When you do see them you don’t say s##t, but you’re supposed to be this big music head.
AllHipHop: Are you concerned at all promoting guns in your music?
AzChike: No, not at all. Whatever energy you bring out is what you’re going to get. I understand what I’m doing, I’m not oblivious to the s##t. I understand consequences, and how s##t works out. I believe my fate is my fate. Whatever happens is supposed to happen, it’s going to happen. I can do nothing about it until it happens, so I don’t worry about nothing. I don’t trip off that. For kids who listen to it, if your parents don’t like it, take it up with them. I don’t parent nobody’s kids. I can’t tell you what to do.
When I do talk about guns, it don’t just be about “oh I got a big gun: bang, bang, bang.” I like gun flips. There’s many ways you can maneuver with that. You can talk about the size of the gun, the type of gun, how many bullets the gun holds, cocking the gun back, when a gun hits you. There’s a lot of s##t you can get into. Being basic is where it goes, but I say other s##t when I talk about guns. I don’t just say “big gun, I’ma shoot you, he’s dead.” I like guns. I don’t be that basic, so I feel like I’m good.