With his unique sound, 27-year-old LA based Nigerian Rapper Chauncey Amaechi known by his stage name ‘King Chuck’ is breaking musical barriers, by any means necessary. Having recently released his single “god”, the independent artist is basking in the success of what many supporters believe is a ‘hit record’. Without hesitation, I believe the same.
A proud Nigerian, King Chuck says he began to incorporate his culture into his music following his three year visit to the country.
“[While there] I basically embraced the culture. It became a part of me and the basis of why I was doing African music,” he told TNJ in an exclusive interview.
While having the talent to indulge in both, King Chuck says his love for music surrounds more around rap than it does singing.
“It’s weird when people say that I sing. [To me] a singer is my sister. I grew up in the church, so we used to be in the house [singing]. You know, Brandy and Monica. [laughs] But the groundwork of my love was definitely rap, since I was like 5.”
Influenced by the sounds of the greats, ranging from Biggie Smalls, Big Pun, Big L to Lauryn Hill, King Chuck says his music has always been different. His new single is a testament to that statement, as ‘god’ possesses a different sound, a different delivery and a different message.
“Every time we listen to the radio, most of the songs are about the same thing. A girl broke your heart or you’re trying to pop some bottles, so [his producers] were like “let’s do something where we actually have a message as well as something people can repeat. So that’s how we came up with the concept of ‘god’.”
King Chuck says he doesn’t want to short live his single and when he feels it has received the proper buzz, he will release his anticipated EP.
“[I’m] courageous. I say that because I have an interesting story, all from my journey. All based off music. I’m from New Haven [Connecticut] and people don’t really support, it’s like a bucket of crabs. When you do something left-field, people don’t always receive it. My music has always been different, I dropped out of school for this. There were a lot of things I had to go through to keep this thing going and I kept that courage and kept pushing.”