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.
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.