Re: LowDown Dirty Raw N Street-
"Mama Chill Gettin ill. Never Runs And Never Will.
Nuff Respect For Ya"
Darryl DMC McDaniels (Run DMC)
I usually prefer to leave the talkin to the tracks, mainly true stories, but I get that people are often curious as to what and who you're about, so here's the one and only yadda yadda! of how it all began? Raised on a tough council estate I started Songwriting at the age of five, about nine years later I experienced the birth of Rap/Hip-Hop, from the first time I heard it, it literally stopped me in my tracks like an electric shock, it sounds cliche and it's really hard to explain, but the love and excitement I felt in my soul at that moment was like nothing I'd experienced before, although new, It felt warm and familiar like a missing limb had been given back. I went on to feel exactly the same about Black American Gospel.
However, neither genre were met favorably here in the UK and my attempts to share my love and excitement of Rap/Hip-Hop were often met with racist comments that I sadly went on to endure for many years, I won't say what kinda things because it just gives oxygen to something that has no place in our society but it was a real shock to the system because I'd never thought of anything in terms of colour, including music, but it was evident there was no way a UK society would allow me to be the Rap/Hip-Hop artist I wanted to be at that time, so feeling confused and alone I practiced in private. The highlight of my life was the School youth club held twice a week, as there was a record player, I was about the only kid on the block with a job working weekends in a Newsagents, so I spent some of the money on Vinyl, the Youth Club gave me a chance to give it a spin.
There were two small black brothers who used to hang out and stand in the corner listening to the music, when they thought nobody was looking they would throw a few quick Body Popping & Break-dance moves, I nearly hyperventilated, it was the first time I'd been in a room with anyone that might feel like I did about the same genre, and I got the feeling they were just as desperate as me to express themselves, we cut a deal, they could take over the player and my Vinyl for awhile and in return they would dance and try and teach me some moves. I had a mix of stuff, Rap, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Reggae, it felt great to finally share this mutual love.
By the time Rap/Hip-Hop started to emerge in the UK mainstream, while thrilled at the possibilities it was a bit of an anti-climax to say the least, it wasn't even close to the calibre of the US sound I'd spent years listening to and honing my craft from. I did attempt rapping with a purely English accent but by then it felt so uncomfortable and fake. At the end of the day it's about being true to yourself so I carry on today as I started out, hence the vocal Stateside twang. Sadly many people still have a misconception about Rap/Hiphop and I'd like to not only try and change that, but also encourage future generations to keep it going in the direction I believe was meant, the genre got hijacked and taken off down a crazy path and we need to rein it back.
I'd just started getting interest from major labels when I got the debilitating complex chronic illness known as M.E and was told by medical consultants and Counselors that the Dream was over and making music and gigging would no longer be possible as it would worsen my condition, I lost my day job, my social life and Life as i'd known it in general, not content with that, I was then diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoporosis, but I firmly believe a Dream only ends when YOU say it does, nobody else, and although the goal posts have to be moved, anything is possible as long as you believe it and keep getting back up every time you're knocked down by whatever cards your dealt in Life. I was bed-bound for two years but during that time recorded a demo rap/hiphop album on an old 4-track placed on my lap, there were no effects,and it was really poor quality hence the "Raw" title, but it was received well nonetheless , but when I was eventually able get out again, after two years of being indoors bedbound i'd developed agoraphobia and it took me another two years to get myself back, i'd lost all trust in the NHS after years of abuse and mistreatment, It was then I went on to record a studio album that due to poor health took 5 years to make, then, an E.P a number of Singles, and I'm looking to get back into the studio for the next Chapter I'm by no means the best, but my love, stories and delivery is honest and I just hope people can appreciate that if nothing else? I try to use any platform given to talk about things that matter, and in turn give others a voice and platform. I'm also a voluntary ant at Let's Do It For ME! that raise awareness and funds for Charity: Invest In ME Research if you have time, please check them out.
Forever A Life Student X
"You One Crazy Mama & We Lovin The Tone Of Your Voice"
"Exciting, Unusual & Somewhat Unexpected, Mama Chill Is A Force To Be Reckoned With"- Amie Mulderrig (Watford Observer)
"Despite Having Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E) This Is A Lady Who Certainly Means Business. Writing About Personal True Stories Makes Her A Must Listen To. Good Reviews, Newspaper/Magazine Coverage And Mainstream Radio Play Are All Ensuring Mama Chill's Determination isn't about to be dampened any time soon"-Fame Magazine
"A Breath Of Fresh Air In The World Of Rap/HipHop, Injecting All Other Genres Into An Ol Skool 80's American Sound And Shaking It Up With The New. Credible Lyrics, Credible Music, True Life Stories Told With Gusto And Honesty"- CD Baby.
"LionHart Is What You Call Da Bomb, Very Real, Very Good, A Genre-Gender-Bender, It's Better Than I First Thought It Was, There's Something Very Noble And Honest Going On, Maybe I Just Opened My Ears?" -John Mezzino-Co Founder Noisehead