you want to introduce yourself to HipHopGame?
is the streets of Chicago. I'm from the Southside. I've been putting work
in since I was 12. I got up with Shea Management and 7th Emp a few years
ago and I've been putting in work since then.
raised by your father and your mother had a drug problem
that affect you?
I was a crack baby and my pops raised me from day one
he was a straight
street dude. I came up with nothing but a hard side. I came up pretty
hard in the street. I grew up and all that dumb stuff is out the window.
As far as the man I am today, that had everything to do with it. I'm here
and I'm still kicking.
streets ever try to pull you back in?
grow up in a certain crowd and hopefully you realize what life is about.
It's always tempting if you don't live too far from where you came up
in. If I go to visit, they still want to kick it, and what they think
is cool I may not think is cool. I keep it at a distance right now.
Hop saved your life?
If I wasn't
in Hip Hop, no lie, I don't have a clue what I'd be doing. It wouldn't
be good. Hip Hop is my first love. I was in the game real deep, doing
some things less than three years ago. I bumped into my man Shea and 7th
Emp. I'm not too proud of what I used to do, but that's life. Too much
love for the game got me where I'm at right now.
My sister used to be a rapper. My sister is three years older than me.
Back in like '87 or '88, she was going at it real hard. She was known
around the streets of Chicago as Destiny G. I looked up to her and thought
everything she did was cool. I used to take her raps, memorize them, and
roast somebody off my sister's lyrics until I learned how to do it myself.
It all started with my sister.
put your life into your music. How important is it to make autobiographical
that's everything. For me to step into the world and let everybody know
what I'm about and where I'm from, it has to be like that. I'm not here
to knock anybody, but everything out now is jangle music. It's there to
make you dance to. I'm trying to make you dance, but I want to make you
laugh and cry also. I'm coming from the heart with my music.
you working on right now?
the album right now. We're politicking with that right now. We just finished
a mixtape with a DVD. The world has to get ready for that. We're working.
I'm in the studio at least every other day. Whenever the game lets me
in, I'm ready. I'm a worker.
the label hunt going?
My man Shea
is putting in work. He's doing what he can do. The game is funny. These
labels are picking up this "Laffy Taffy" stuff
Hop for life so I'm always going to be making music and the streets of
Chicago will always hear me.
was it recording "I'm Used To It"?
sent me that beat from Lokken Load, I just kept an open mind. When I heard
the track, it had so much feeling in it that you couldn't just throw a
freestyle over that and just put any old rap over that. It had to be something
that came from the heart and it had to deal with the truth. That track
is crazy. I just put my heart on the track and let the blood drip.
raspy voice a positive of negative?
I look at
it as a positive. There's really nothing I can do it. Let me break it
down to you how I actually got that voice: when I get angry, that's the
voice that comes out. Then I noticed that it sounds good when I put that
on a track. Nobody sounds like Chuck General. Everyone sounds the same
and I sound like no one else. And no matter how original you sound, someone
will always try to compare you to someone else. I've heard DMX, Popeye,
There is nothing that can hurt me. In the end, all you're
going to hear is Chuck General.
a good time to be coming from Chicago?
I think it's
time for Chicago. We've had a lot of artists come out of here from Da
Brat, Common, Twista
there are a lot of hot artists and talent out
here. Chicago is the home of the gangland. We're all trying to get over
that. Everyone is still trying to get along with each other. Now that
everyone sees Kanye take it to another level, Lupe Fiasco, Bump J
is a movement taking place and we're trying to take it to the next level
because we've been suffering from the crab effect for years.
you feel that Chicago is represented right now?
is not being represented. There are so many different angles and styles,
but one thing it's lacking is Chuck G. It's missing that cat that you
grew up with that knows what you're going through. They're missing the
reality side of it. I didn't come up in the slums or projects, and my
family always took care of what they needed to take care of, but the streets
were not easy.
the hardest part right now about being unsigned?
that thought in your head if you are going in the right direction. The
music that the industry is pumping out right now is kind of sad because
it's not really showcasing any skill. It's all jingles. It's not real
music. There's nothing in there that the world can really relate to. There
has to be more than that. Everyone is on that "Laffy Taffy"
stuff. I want you to bounce and I have some stuff to make you bounce,
but there has to be more to it. It's hard being unsigned because the cats
with raw talent and true skill are being looked over for this gimmick
rap. There is a lot of music out here and Hip Hop is really boring right
now. I'm here to blow a few extra breaths into the game.
It can get
frustrating. I have a 7 year-old daughter. She keeps me on my P's and
Q's. Plus I've been doing this as long as I can remember. I'm about to
kick the door in. If I don't get on, I still love making music and having
people in similar situations able to relate to my music.
your focus right now?
Just to keep
working. I have two toes in the door right now and I'm trying to get the
other three in there. We're all working hard and you can't take away work
in the end.
you want to say to everyone?
Chuck General has to be dealt with. I'm not waiting for you to open the
door. I'm busting it down and all you can do is listen to the music. I'm
going to be there. I'm a starter. Get at me. All you can do is cop it
and go with it. If you go against it, it's going to be a problem.