Article by Cee Janai
2020 was filled with vibing tracks and chart topping hits, and going into the new year it seems that 2021 will be no different. Another artist you need to add to your radar is Chef, the eclectic gold-teeth rapper who hails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
After garnering over one million Spotify views from his single "Rags", Chef brings along a different type of vibe that makes you feel like you could either be cruising the highway in your hometown, or enjoying good cloud-free sunny days with your best friends. In basic terms, he brings his audience what he calls “feel good” music. He brings a versatility that can attract all sorts of listeners. We at Borderless Melodies wanted to get to know a little more about Chef, and what he is looking to offer in the near future.
BMEL: So, what is the story behind your name? Is it a nickname of some sorts?
Chef: [laughs] Just know that my name is Chef. I would tell you the whole thing but I would rather keep my government name to myself.
BMEL: So I see you were born in Tennessee. How did you end up in Ft. Lauderdale?
Chef: Basically, my mom needed to get away so we just ended up moving to Ft. Lauderdale.
BMEL: I have to ask the basic but necessary question: who are your inspirations?
Chef: First and foremost my dad because he really got me into the whole music scene, and he taught me a lot of what I know today. If I had to include any big rappers they would definitely be Jay-Z and Nipsey Hustle.
BMEL: So you mentioned your dad being an inspiration, we assume he was a part of music as well?
Chef: Of course, I can safely say my father taught me almost everything I know. He was a rapper, producer, and engineer himself so I was able to be exposed to that kind of stuff at a really young age. I started writing poetry around 9 years old and it just grew since then.
BMEL: Tell us a little bit about Microwave Music.
Chef: That project is more of a compilation of tracks I’ve already made, or tracks that are on my SoundCloud. I wanted to bring a compilation of tracks together that showed a good introduction as to who I am and what kind of music I like to make.
BMEL: So from that project, what would you say is your favorite?
Chef: I would say Slide and Vibe. It is definitely the most different track on that project but I just love how it came out, the creative process, all of it. I’m proud of the finished product.
BMEL: You released a track called Cute Face Brown Shawty. What was your main motive behind the making of this record?
Chef: A lot of the times black women are being talked about in a demeaning way, especially in rap and hip hop, so I wanted to make this track to uplift our beautiful black women. That’s the main reason I included fan videos in the music video.
BMEL: So a little birdie told us you may have a project dropping January 2021. Can you tell us anything about that?
Chef: I can’t tell you anything at the moment but just know that it is going to be different from Microwave Music. Now that I have my old stuff released, I want to show my fans what kind of music I’m really capable of making.
BMEL: The music industry is crazy, and 2020 hasn’t made it easier. What challenges did you face and how did it affect your creative process?
Chef: The main challenge was not being able to do shows, or being able to get together to make music videos or do events. Other than that, it was more of a blessing than a curse because the pandemic forced me to really sit down and focus more on my writing and creative process with less distractions.
Chef’s most recent release is his single To The Bone, which you can check out on his SoundCloud. We are looking forward to this upcoming project from Chef, and in the meantime check out his other music and stay up-to-date with his projects by following Chef on all social media platforms!