The Chicago femcee chops it up with HHW…
This month’s Next To Blow artist Chella H. caught up with HHW’s J. Bachelor for an interview on her latest music, violence in the Chi and her title as Chicago’s First Lady.
HHW: So I hear you’ve got something coming up with DJ Cannon, tell us about that.
CHELLA: Yeah, I’ve got a project dropping August 6th hosted by Cannon called The Realest B*tch In It Reloaded. I dropped The Realest B*tch In It already, but this one has a few new tracks and some surprise features. It’s gonna be real dope.
HHW: A lot of talent has come out of Chicago recently, why do you think now is the time for Chi-town artists?
CHELLA: It’s just turn up time. For a long time we kinda been in the dark, so I’m real happy for my city. When Sosa started his whole GBE thing, he brought alotta eyes to the city and even though alotta people don’t credit him, I do. I feel like it put a spotlight on the city. We crackin’ right now, we just gotta get the crime rate down.
HHW: So glad you brought that up. Being that you’re from the Chi I gotta ask – what’s going on with the violence out there?
CHELLA: The thing is – it’s always been like that. It’s reckless. Community centers? We don’t have sh*t like that. There’s not alotta options for the young’ins and they tore the projects down … so they’re taking over the blocks, robbing or whatever to get money. It’s real in the field.
HHW: Being an artist that prides herself on authenticity, it makes sense that your music reflects your environment, however rough it may be. But has the violence in the city made you more cautious about the type of music you put out there?
CHELLA: Yes, most definitely. I keep a lot of stuff real, but there is a lot of stuff that goes on in my life that I don’t put in my music because I don’t want to add fuel to the fire.
HHW: Is there unity among the up-and-coming Chicago artists?
CHELLA: It depends. There’s some people that rock with everybody, and some that don’t. It’s like everybody is pretty much in a different gang, so people only mess with each other to a certain limit. Fortunately I’m The First Lady, so I rock with everybody. There’s nobody in Chicago that I don’t really rock with, I may not hop on a track with everybody but I can go wherever I want to in Chicago, unlike some of the guys that gotta stick to where they come from. So it’s definitely unity on my end.
HHW: Do female rappers from your city catch feelings when you call yourself The First Lady?
CHELLA: The thing is, I didn’t give myself that title. The city did. There’s females that came before me [like] Shawnna and Da Brat … I don’t know how they feel. I think they should understand why I got that title … it’s bigger than the music. Really, Bump J gave me that title and from there, people just rode it out.
HHW: One thing I’ve noticed about hip hop is that the game only seems to allow room for one hot female rapper at a time. What are your thoughts on that?
CHELLA: There’s lanes for everybody and I think females need to boss up more.
HHW: So you have no problem collaborating with female MCs from Chicago or anywhere else …
CHELLA: It depends on who they are, though. There are some people I might want to work with and some I don’t. Not saying they’re wack, but they might not be interesting to me … they might be a bully – there’s some girls that are kinda dope, but they’re just such a**holes or so negative that I just wouldn’t want to work with them.
HHW: What’s been the best thing about the music game so far?
CHELLA: I’ve been blessed to keep everything under my own company. Alotta females come in under guys, but I am the owner of Camp Goldiloux, I own all my publishing and everything. Just being able to make more money and bring my b*tches with me and being in control of my own sh*t has definitely been a plus.
Follow Chella on Twitter @ChellaChicago