Chuuwee is an icon in the underground world of hip-hop. He’s originally a product of Sacramento, CA, although his presence reaches far and wide. He has touched in almost all areas of hip-hop with his diverse lyricism and ability to control the flow on a microphone. Chuuwee has been signed to multiple short deals with several labels over the past 6-7 years but now is taking on the industry as an independent like many West Coast legends before him.

The seasoned spitter has made great strides in the music business, accumulating over 10 million streams on Spotify and even touring internationally in Europe. A frequent collaborator of fellow underground rapper Trizz, the two have a chemistry of many great duos before them, even drawing comparisons to one of Chuuwees biggest influences, Gangstarr. Recently we were able to talk with the humble rapper and ask him a few questions regarding his life and inspiring journey in the music world thus far.

Culture Cartel:

Hey bro. Always good to talk to a fellow Sacramento native. How would you say growing up in Sacramento influenced your music?“

Chuuwee:

“Growing up in Sac influenced my music by giving me a different perspective than most people get. Sacramento isn’t really like any other city I’ve ever been too, our perceptions of high class, fashion, culture it’s all ridiculously individual from anywhere I’ve been which I love. Our slang, our purpose, our game, it gave me knack for persuading and painting a picture with words that most people will never get to have. Sacramento is like a gumbo pot of culture and essence.”

Culture Cartel: 

“I couldn’t agree more. In your own words, who is Chuuwee?“

Chuuwee:

“Chuuwee is an South Sacramento recording artist whom independently became an underground legend worldwide. I can elaborate on why I say this and how I did it if this answer is too short but put this part In the interview too. The upcoming “lol” and all. Lol.”

Culture Cartel:

“Yea go ahead and elaborate for your fans! Let us know what Chuuwee thinks.“

Chuuwee:

I started out at Second Saturday and open mics. Eventually I started doing shows outside of Sac which lead me to a digital distribution deal and a management situation. By 2015 I toured Europe for “The South Sac Mack” Tour and album I dedicated to Sacramento with these really dope producers out of Germany JR & PH7. In 2016, I was the first person to ever be fully recorded in full volumetric virtual reality for a music video. All of this I have done without any record label or actual management. Not to sound arrogant but I’ve never really put into perspective the timeline of my career as of right now I currently have a total of 10 Million streams on Spotify across 4 albums in a 5 part series that I’ve been working on called Dystopia, I’ve been working a lot so to speak.”

Culture Cartel:

“You definitely are an underground legend. It’s great to see someone from Sac put it down for the city and accomplish what you’ve accomplished. What’s in the future for you?“

Chuuwee:

Right now I’m gathering all of the statistics that I’ve been collecting this year. I plan to continue to release up to the final installment of my 5 part series. From there I’m gonna gonna take all my stats and shop this idea that I have for a major label album. I just need one album. After that if/when it successfully happens I can’t really say my plans afterward, it’s a very sensitive topic and I don’t want to get ahead of myself lol”

Culture Cartel:

“We can respect that! With your talent and relentless grind I’m sure it’s inevitable. The streets are always talking.

What’s it like to work with Trizz? You guys seem to work very well together.”

Chuuwee:

“Much love I appreciate that. Trizz is dope to work with we both kinda just grab ideas out of nowhere really quickly especially when we got some dope beats going. I think the AMB series ended up being way bigger than either of us expected. It’s a dope blend of two different California styles and I think that’s maybe why it works as good as it does you know? It’s like the SoCal-NorCal gap bridged.”

Culture Cartel:

“Definitely. You can hear all kinds of inspirations from the California coast when you guys get on a track together. Who do you consider your major influences in the music you make?”

Chuuwee:

“My mother ReDD, Mac Dre, Jay Z, & Drake are probably my biggest influences and I don’t mean in the sense of their rhyme patterns or anything but more so work ethic, influence in culture, how they’re perceived in public. For instance my mother is why I work as hard as I do. When I first ever saw her making music she spent almost everyday AFTER making sure the mom duties were finished recording and mixing and mastering her own music on her home setup back when I was like 5.”

Culture Cartel:

“That’s awesome! So you were surrounded by music basically your entire life? What made you want to start making your own music?“

Chuuwee:

“My mom and Gangstarr. The first video I ever saw was Gangstarr’s Mass Appeal and I immediately fell in love with it. Everything about it just looked super dope to me. Then once my mom got her home setup going I decided to myself you know what I want to be a rapper. She had those beaded curtains up in a corner of the room and the computer with the stereo and the extra old school midi mixing board for the track outs to me she looked like all of the rapper I watched on tv. That was literally my first and closest look into creating hip-hop. And both my parents always played countless amounts of hip hop and r&b when I was growing up my dad was a biggie fan and my mother Tupac I literally got the best of both worlds. He’s from Chicago, she’s from Carolina.”

Culture Cartel:

“That’s real inspiring. It’s seems to all helped to diversify you as an artist in present times. Lastly, if you could work with anyone in the industry, who would be your choice and why?“

Chuuwee:

I wanna work with Drake. He’s really good at applying popular culture to music and I think we could make some crazy shit together.”

Culture Cartel:

“Good choice. Hey thanks man I really appreciate you taking the time to talk with us. Keep grinding and we hope to hear the rest of Dystopia very soon.”

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Be sure to grab the 5th installment of Chuuwee’s series , Dystopia, coming soon and check out Chuuwee’s music at his Spotify here:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6ZBnvCszokLW4YHZ50uHY8?autoplay=true&v=A&nd=1

Also follow him at his Instagram below:

https://www.instagram.com/chuuw33