“I was 17, young and thuggin’. I would spit flows here and there, but nothing serious until one day I asked myself ‘what am I going to do with myself?’”
Check out the interview with Chief Atease exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Chief Atease: I was 17, young and thuggin’. I would spit flows here and there, but nothing serious until one day I asked myself “what am I going to do with myself?” Then I thought I’ve never been good at anything but rapping, so I decided from there on to take it serious and become the artist I am today.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice for the youngsters out there trying to do what I do is to stay humble like a child. Always ask questions about things you may not know, invest in yourself, surround yourself with people that want the same success as you, stay away from fake people, keep it real, stay close to God, never give up, and be wise and righteous.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My hardest challenge and task I’ve ever had to deal with in my position is never giving up because there is so much doubt when you’re coming from nothing.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way to promote and advertise your music is social media and music videos because social media reels in the people and the visuals grabs the people’s attention and keeps them entertained.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city be Reeferside, Riverside, CA. Reeferside is dope and chill, just like many other cities it has its ghetto areas and its nice areas. The artists out here are chill, well at least the ones I’ve met. The fans are dope and are always showing love.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself being on a way bigger platform than I am now and I see myself doing it bigger than ever.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations are 2pac, Bone Thugs, Biggie, and Nas. My other inspirations are my parents because they also came from nothing and now I’m here to make sure they don’t ever have to worry about anything. The only one I look up to in this world is God.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel it’s different and I feel it has its positive benefits, but mostly it has a lot of negativity to it because most of these rappers aren’t being responsible with what they say. I like some of it.
Where can we contact you and find you online?