THE HYPE MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS CHRIS SLADE @chrisdamnslade @chrisslademusic | The Hype Magazine 24/7 News
Tell me about Chris Slade?
I am originally born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. I went to college in Tallahassee, Florida where I attended FAMU then came back to Jacksonville. I was working until I decided to delve deep into music and take it seriously. So I started making mixtapes and pushing them on the Jacksonville scene hand to hand and online to create a buzz for myself. Then I started doing videos and the vision took a life of it’s own and I’m here making music in an attempt to be a serious artist in the industry.
Who are your musical influences and why?
My musical influences range from Jay-Z to Stevie Wonder. I honed my rap skills from artists like Jay-Z, Nas, Scarface, The Alkaholiks, Eminem, and Outkast to name a few. I also love Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, and Frankie Beverly and Maze. I try to fuse those sounds that have helped me develop over the years.
What prompted you to venture into music?
Honestly, it was a fear of having a dull life. I loved my job, but I knew there was more I should and could be doing. Music has always been my passion and I felt like if it was possible for to me pursue it, there should be nothing holding me back. So one day I just got serious and told myself “you can do this no matter what.” I just had to believe.
If you could describe your style of music in one word, what would it be and why?
Fly. That’s the word. That word means a lot to me. It not only describes my sound, but the word describes my ambition. I literally want to fly in terms of my music and my style. My music should make you feel like anyone can be fly when they are listening to me. That word is what I want to give to the listener. The sense of being fly.
In 2002, Jerry was recognized by the West Coast Hip Hop Hall of Fame for his contributions to the growth and education of independent artists.
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