Chane: Rapper's Late Father Was Partner, Mentor, "Maestro"

This is our weekly Artist of the Week spotlight, and a continuation of an interview with rapper Chane that was started yesterday in the weekly Ask A Rapper column.

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Rocks Off: Were you ever of the brain that people might see the video as exploitative? For the record, we didn't feel that way when we watched it. But it's something that, if it got a ton of views, people would eventually accuse you of.

Chane: When I recorded it, I never had the intentions of using it for anything. I did that on my phone. I really just wanted to capture my pop breathing because I knew the time was coming when he wouldn't be any more.

I wrote the record, shot the video, and when I was going through the editing a voice just told me that it could be even more touching if I put that clip in the beginning. The last thing on my mind was if people would accuse me of being exploitative. It still is, honestly. My apologies.

RO: Last we spoke, you mentioned that you almost quit music because of what happened with your father. Did that make making this song more or less difficult? Or did everything just sort of happen without you thinking about it?

C: Yeah, man, that was a really hard time for me. I was falling off on everything. All me and my pop ever did was music. It's a little off topic but, in fact, my pop played a huge role in the early years of the Houston hip-hop scene. All the older hip-hop heads of Houston used to go to my pop, Maestro, at his Samplified Digital Recording Studios.

Ask about him, they all know 'Stro. UGK been there, DJ Screw started there, SPC started there, and a handful of mainstream artists across the country came there to record.

Every time I heard music, it made me revisit the pain of not having him here anymore. So I figured if I just quit rapping, I won't feel that pain anymore [laughs]. Of course, quitting didn't last. I love it too much, and I vowed to him to keep it going as he told me to do when he was in the hospital. So to answer your question, it actually made it easier.



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Hasanwest
Hasanwest

Proud of u fam....I know this is just the beginning...There is so many sides 2 u that people don't know yet...U surprise me sometimes and im not easily excited..What people don't really know is this is just the beginning...Truthly ur pop never died because he built a legacy that is being played out even after his physical death. What I like about him the most was that he wasn't afraid to express himself no matter what anybody thought--he was like that the first time I met him-screaming go eagles jumping up and down in yaw house on bayard dam near shaking the whole block..He wasn't afraid to leave philly and encounter the unknown in Houston pretty much by himself--he was a true pioneer..And its only fitting that u keep things moving in the right direction..I believe this is something epic--know one has ever done this in music--sharing something so real and heart felt without trying to fit in...The greats never try to fit in--its what defines excellence..

Sha'Michael
Sha'Michael

I never expericed loosing my father , but i know your pain , i would feel the same way.. This story is so touching i love the fact that you put this video out because it teaches us kids a lesson about life and how to treat your parents . i find myself getting disrespectful with my parents wen i have no reason to but i thank you for this because its a reminder to not take your love ones for granted.

Chane
Chane

Thank you all for the positive feed back!

Cedric & Casander
Cedric & Casander

May God get the Glory in bring all this together wih First the Leader who started this wonderfull Legacy Stro (your dad whom loved you dearly) and to leave the greatest give of all with his son... I got Chilles running down my back.. Real Talk.. I Love you Son. ( your Mother-n-Law)

Chane Mom
Chane Mom

I just want to thank the Houston Press for allowing my son,to share his video and song. The video was a shock to me', because chane was strong enough to do a heart breaking video. This video is something houston won't forget. Thru it all chane did all he could. to make his dad comfortable, but the decision was hard, no one wants to see their love one suffer and in pain. I remember when chane was a little boy he loved Michael Jackson, but he hated the song triller and the song. Chane would dress like Michael with his black jeans, tee shirt, socks and his dress shoes, dancing and singing lot. Chane received many awards for his rapping and being in lots of plays at school. I know he loves to rap, but he can also act in plays. His acting was awsome. He never use drugs, smoke or had no time for parties, he just wanted to rap, Thank god for my son because i know music is his life, that's all he wanted to do. I wish him all the best in his career! Keep god first and everything will fall in place.. I can't replace your dad, but im still here to see the best in u. Thanks again, Houston Press. May god bless all of u!

Aunt Cat
Aunt Cat

Me love you long time,i remember when you were about 3yrs old singing your heart out,then you just started all this fast talking stuff,not knowing that it got you to where you are today, your dad put everything he had, in music in you,he would be so proud,he is looking down from heaven saying look at my boy, my little man.Kendall i love you and you know that i don't listen to rap,i do listen to yours because it is honest and pure,just like your mother brought you up to be,May GGod always bless what you do,remember keep God first and everything will fall into it's place,,,,,,REST IN PEACE KENANAunt Cat

Geezy
Geezy

I read Shea's initial piece about 3 times yesterday- I was so moved by both the video and the background that it weighed on me all day. Witnessing the video yesterday was so moving- knowing that we will all go through (if not already been through) the agony of having our loved ones die on us. Let me take hip-hop out of the equation for a minute and say that I have 0 idea who Chane is, personally or musically. However for him to share the final moments of his fathers life, the decision he was faced with in pulling his father from life support moved me in a way I can't explain.

I woke up this morning at 4:15 to get a workout in, my normal routine. Came home at 6:30 and my phone rang, it was my father. The first words out of his mouth were "Eloy passed away this morning about 4:30". This was my fathers friend and co-worker for 39 years- I grew up with his family. It made me stop and think for a minute that as I was going through my normal routine, a family friend was taking their last breath. Reality man, it's a bitch.

Chane man, thank you for sharing your life, your fathers life, your pain and your coping method with us all. Much love to you homie. Peace and blessings.

--Geezy.

Chane
Chane

Geezy, thank you for sharing that. Im sorry for your loss. Im proud that I was able to touch you with my story and record. Thanks for your support!

-CHANE @hitupchanewww.chane-linc.com

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