In the interview below, Young Money’s Lil Chuckee speaks to YoungMoneyHQ.com about some of his upcoming projects including the Charles Lee Ray mixtape, Young Money Compilation, School, a typical record session, Lil Twist, performing with Lil Wayne, “Girl I Got You”, influences, how he got signed with Young Money, and much more.
We’re here with Lil Chuckee! This is George Kiel on behalf of YoungMoneyHQ and NiceKicks.com, we thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us Lil Chuckee.
No problem man, thank y’all.
What’s a recording session like for you? Do you write all of your raps or do you just go in the studio and freestyle a little bit?
Nah I write, but I still try and advance my self by doing those types of things.
How is school going, and how do you study?
In the studio I just finished doing school work, shout out to my teacher Keyshia Williams. I’m doing real good, getting all A’s. School come first and I would not be doing this with my parents if I was not in school, so school is coming out nice.
How do you find time to balance all that school stuff and then be in a recording booth spitting 16?
I do it 24 hours, I do it everyday, I’m used to it and I’m new to it… that’s pretty much how I balance it out.
So we heard your going to be shooting a music video with Lil Twist soon, is that true?
Yeah most definitely. Like I said we got two songs on the album and we gonna be shooting a video real soon. It’s called “I Got You”.
How does it feel to be doing performances on stage with Wayne in front of 20,000 people?
A lot of people be asking this question and I just keep saying it’s a blessing. Once I go on that stage and I see that crowd and see their reaction on their face when we sing… it just pumps me up and gives me more energy for every show. Like I say I been doing this since I was eight and I was never a kid that was shy.
So you say you been rapping since you was eight, what motivated you to start rapping that early?
My whole family was dedicated around music. My Daddy and his family was in a group and my Mother loved rapping back in the days before she had me… but yeah I started rapping when I was eight and like I say my whole family was dedicated around music, and I love the music so much… and with my parents they help me push more, more and more with my music and right now that’s how I get music done.
So you say you have something coming out for your Mom?
Yeah, that’s coming out soon, y’all be on the lookout for that!
A lot of people compare how your so energetic on stage and stuff to Lil Wayne. What’s your thoughts on that, and has Wayne taught you a few things or have you always had that energetic flow to your shows?
Nah, I was never stage frightened or shy, and I always had energy… I do it for the fans, I give ‘em what they paid for. I love to perform, I love to do new music and love to record myself doing music.
How did you first get spotted and signed by Young Money?
I met Wayne at a video shoot, cause Wayne was featured on the video. I met Wayne there and I spitted him a couple of bars. After that he was like “I wanna do big things with you”, and shout out to my big brother Mack Maine – he was there too. Everything he seen he loved – the style and the swagger. Then Katrina came and we lost info, but then Mack Maine and Cortez Bryant was waiting at the Dirty Awards and was like “Wayne really wanna sign you”, so that’s how I became a Young Money Millionaire.
What can we expect from the Charles Lee Ray mixtape like features and release dates etc.
The Charles Lee Ray mixtape is off the chain man. It’s coming out how I want it to. I just did this song with Bushwick Bill.
So who are some of your influences in the music game right now, who do you look up to?
First I look up to myself, tryna get better, always tryna get better. But besides me, Lil Wayne, I look up to Nas, Kanye, Common. People like that, people who are deep, I love music that tell stories.
Speaking of Kanye West, what are your thoughts on what he did at the awards show?
I mean I got no comment for that, but that’s just Kanye.
You told us about your upcoming mixtape, we know about the YM Compilation, is there any other new stuff that fans need to be looking out for from Lil Chuckee such as features?
Well I just dropped a mixtape, Rapper’s Market – I need everybody to go download that, follow me on twitter – I keep posting up the link for everyone to go get it. Shout out to DJ T The Barber, if y’all hear the skits in it, that was all him.
Can we expect a Lil Chuckee and Lil Twist mixtape in the future?
Yeah most definitely. We just waiting on the Young Money album right now.
Thanks for your time Chuckee, we appreciate you giving us this interview man. Everybody at YoungMoneyHQ and Nicekicks.com would like to wish you the best of luck in he future.
Thank you man, I really appreciate it.