Next Up: Chavis Chandler

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Chavis Chandler defines overcoming adversity. From the outside looking in, it’s clear that his steady incline in the rap game is due to the constant improvement in his music–a combination of his unique voice mixed with his own original style. Internally though, the 24-year-old Detroit native has had to deal with a lot within the last calendar year.

Just being able to work on music has been a blessing for Chavis. During the recording process of his last project he was arrested as his past was beginning to catch up with him. Over the course of subsequent months Chandler spent most of the time in court. The culmination of the lessons learned from his past was released this week with The Call of the Wildan admirable deluge of self-expression in the form of emceeing and singing.

“It was stressing me out and I made all of this music based off of who I want to come in the game and compete with. A lot of people look for partnership and alliances with other people. Me, I’m not really into that. I’m more on the competitive side of the music.”

Things started looking up for Chavis earlier this year. He performed with Action Bronson at SxSW and everything seemed to be on the right path. It was when he returned home from Austin that another setback would befall him. But like all adversity he’s encountered, Chavis shrugged it off and moved forward.

“The day I came back from SxSW, the next morning the sheriff was at the door evicting me from my house. It was something where I was like, ‘whatever’ and I just gave it up and found my way. I feel like something really big is about to come for me and all this worldly material shit is whatever. I just want to make music and I’ll sacrifice whatever for that.”

Chavis Chandler’s Detroit blood is why he’s been able to turn problems into solutions. It’s where he learned how to be a man. The cold Midwestern winters and extensive underground rap scene has battle tested him for the national hip-hop scene and perhaps more importantly, the difficulties of life.

“I’m from the same neighborhood as J Dilla and I’m one of the only young emcees that’s from that same neighborhood that’s doing this kind of music at this caliber. I feel like if you grow up in Detroit you can make it anywhere. It breeds you so different… I found inspiration based off of the people I was listening to and what they were wearing. A lot of people fucked with me in my hood for that. People was calling me gay and shit so of course I had to beat a lot of motherfuckers up. I had to defend what I was wearing and that shit alone just shows you how crazy that can drive you just being in a city full of small-minded motherfuckers.

“The people I want to compete with is like Kanye [West] and Jay Z. I want to come into the studio with them niggas and play a record and be like, ‘Yeah, nigga this is what I’m working on and I want motherfuckers to go crazy over it…’ I want to leave my footprint in this shit and I want people to know who I am.”

– Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

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Related: Chavis Chandler – The Call Of The Wild (Mixtape) | Chavis Chandler ft. Icewear Vezzo – Gang Signs

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