He gave us the hit single, “I Look Good”, taking the nation by storm with it’s catchy feel good lyrics in 2009. And now, two years later, Chalie Boy is ready to capture the charts again.
Ballerstatus caught up with the southern rapper/singer where he was able to fill us in on his new projects, current situation with Jive, and thoughts on the southern market.
BallerStatus.com: You have a new single out, “Déjà Blue”. Talk to us about it.
Chalie Boy: It’s a play on words — on water. It’s an R&B song and hopefully a lot of people will get it.
BallerStatus.com: Now what may be surprising to some is that you are singing on the track, as oppose to rapping. Is this something new?
Chalie Boy: For myself and my core fanbase, no. But for people who have become relatively new to me: yes it is. All they know is the rapping for the song “I Look Good.” We just doin’ something that show the new people what I’m able and capable of.
BallerStatus.com: Some rappers have tried the R&B side and vice versa. Now some were successful, some not as much. Do you think you’ll be able to market both genres?
Chalie Boy: I believe so, but I think for the most part, [labels] may just try to find one point for an artist and make that the focus point and brand them. But overall as an artist, I believe if you have the ability to do both, then use should utilize the full extent of your talent. Right now labels are trying to focus on a single and use that niche and run with the artist, instead of showing their full capability.
BallerStatus.com: How would you describe your music?
Chalie Boy: A lot of people like to say I’m from Texas, and stress the country part. So coming from the country, a lot of people like to say we’re soulful, so it’s soulful.
BallerStatus.com: “I Look Good” literally blew up the music charts. Did you think the song would become that successful so fast?
Chalie Boy: Yes, I did. It’s a good universal song and people gravitate towards the feeling and the thought that they look good. Even in bad times, everyone should feel they look good or have a positive vibe about it and when they don’t they play my song. I did have an idea that the song would do as well as it’s done and I’m very thankful and appreciative for it.
BallerStatus.com: Now since that song came out, we haven’t heard from you. Being signed to Battery/Jive records, one would think they would have pushed you more as an artist and try to get a second single or an album out. Can you comment on that?
Chalie Boy: I really don’t have an idea on that issue, but as far working within the system — my core team — we do what we’ve always done. We don’t wait on anything, we keep pushing forward. We keep creating music and even though we haven’t been on the mainstream scene, we are still on the scene doing work, continuing to push the Texas movement. I’m going to do whatever it takes to keep current, so we’re not people that go against the grain, we’re people that adds to what’s going on.
BallerStatus.com: Do you think it’s a lot harder to market southern artists in the industry?
Chalie Boy: I really don’t … no disrespect to anybody, I just think that they don’t. It’s not hard to market anyone from anywhere, if you have good products. I feel, for some reason, the southern artists get slighted. I don’t know why, but I just feel that way. All you need is a good push and good energy from the people that are promoting your music and a lot more southern music will shine and rise. There’s more than just what you think about southern music, there’s lyricism, there’s energy. We have a lot to offer like every other state and ever other city lyrically and talent wise.
BallerStatus.com: As you mentioned, you were creating music. You launched two street albums, one called I Am Here that dropped in 2009. How were they received?
Chalie Boy: It’s been very well received. The further we go, the more I hear about it when I perform.
BallerStatus.com: Finally what can fans expect from you in the New Year?
Chalie Boy: Get prepared for January — 12 months of Chalie Boy. Each month we are going to create some new videos for the fans. As far as other new things, you will be able to find out by going to Chalieboy.net, or ChalieBoyTV (YouTube). If you would like to get in contact with me you can talk with me on Twitter (@d3chalieboy). I’m still on Myspace (myspace.com/chalieboy), and Facebook.