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On the Rise: Chad Haynez

By The Rap Scout
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Years ago, it was said “a change will come” and, by the looks of 2012, the change has arrived. From politics to sports, and all other forms of entertainment, nothing is the way it used to be. Specifically, the same can be said for the rap game, which looks nothing like it did only ten years ago. Everything from the way rappers gain fame and fortune to who these rappers are has changed.

Though it is rarely welcomed, change is said to be good. In the case of Chad Haynez in the rap game, the change has been better than good. A rising rapper on the Charlotte, North Carolina hip hop scene, Chad Haynez has gained an incredible amount of popularity. Following in the footsteps of Mac Miller, Chad Haynez is an eighteen-year-old internet sensation, who has been working with DJ YRS Jerzy for the better part of a year.

It is only a matter of time before the music Chad Haynez is working on will be placed on various hip hop media outlets. Many, though, are still in the dark when it comes to the young phenom. For those who do not know about the latest On the Rise artist, Hip Hop Vibe is giving them the early scoop. Chad Haynez recently spoke to Hip Hop Vibe about his career and what he has planned.

Read the entire interview below:

You are currently based in Charlotte, but didn’t you move around a lot? Man, I’ve lived in a total of sixteen different houses growing up. I was born in Kingsport, TN, moved to West Virginia for five years, and then ended up in Charlotte. I lived here for eight years then moved to Ashland, KY for a year, and once again moved BACK to Charlotte and that’s the reason I am where Iam now.

Given the way so many rappers have moved around, they often say “it ain’t where you from, it’s where you at,” but which region has had the most influence on your style? Honestly, my stay in Kentucky affected me the most, because while I was there, I literally had NO friends and it helped me develop my own swag. All I did was write, but when it comes to the actual regional side of music, Houston is a heavy influence if you can’t tell. I quote drake and myself when I say “I’m so H-Town” you can hear it in my music. Especially with the music I’ve been making recently.

Since moving to Charlotte, you have built a solid team, how do you feel about their support? My team is the dopest man, real shit. I’m proud to say I’ve got “Ride-Or-Dies” on my team. Everyone has their role, and they play it well. They’re the kind of people you can call at anytime of day or night and they will be there “squarin’ up” with you. On the music tip as well, they nice as well. My dude T-Malicious spits straight crack and my management, “Move In Silence,” is responsible for this rap shit being where it is right now. I
got a young cat that just got added to the squad too, not gonna drop his
name yet, but he’s 16 and dope as hell. Everyone on the team is hella supportive, I’m blessed to have the backing I do with the people I’m with.

How did you meet DJ YRS Jerzy? On some funny shit, me and this cat had Tech Theatre with each other freshman year and we graduated with each other on June 12th, so me and him go back a little bit.

What projects are you two working on together? There are talks of him hosting a mixtape, or two of mine, however we have collabs coming soon with Tim Stackz, J PAQ, and hopefully Yung Slide, so we got some shit cooking up.

How do you plan to separate yourself from the number of “white rappers” in the game? By doing me man, plain and simple. I was told once that “You can’t teach Swag.” I’m confident when I say this, my swag is different. I make music because it’s how I stay sane and cope with things, not so I can “ball out” at strip clubs and chase fame. That’ll be a plus, but that’s not the reason I do this shit. I do it so hopefully, someone can relate and I can help them get through situations and let them know they aren’t alone. I’m not going to do any sort of wild shit to make myself stand out, I’m going to just do me and keep it 100. I’m far from basic and once the world gets exposed to it, they’ll know.

With so many rappers, of numerous races, gaining fame, how do you feel about those who classify rappers by their race? Man, I don’t give a fuck if you black, blue, purple, yellow, white, pink, whatever. Music is music. There are always going to be stereotypes for white rappers and what not. Hell, I’ve been boo’d in an all black club and kept doing my thing and that’s what I plan to do. If you can’t relate to my music, you can’t relate to my music. Plain and simple, however, if you going to hate on my music due to the fact I’m white, it’s all good, hate on my music. It’s not gonna change shit, it’s the 21st century man. Hate me for who I am, not for what I look like.

If you had to pick one rapper, who would you say has influenced you the most? One rapper? Only one? Tupac, no questions asked. He’s what got me into rap music, originally I just wrote poetry and I heard ‘Pac and was just like “Damn this rap shit really is poetry. I can do both?” (laughs) not knowing I could combine the two. New artists, though, I’d say Drake, Wale, and Meek Mill.

Though you are still early in your career, what would you consider to be the highlight of your career, so far? Shit, probably winning Best New Artist at The NC Underground Music awards. After that, I would just say the highlight of my career is people actually recognizing what I’m doing and really actually fucking with it. Some of the responses I’ve got are amazing.

When do you plan to come out with a full-length project? If you talking about an album, I can’t give you a date. I have an exclusive
solo mixtape in the works right now that I plan to have done by the end of
summer as well as a collaborative mixtape with T-Malicious that’s dropping next month. Album-wise though, it’ll be after summer forsure.

So far, you have been highly successful, what do you see for yourself in the second half of 2012? Getting those singles on the radio, and in rotation at the clubs, as well as building a bigger name regionally. Honestly, the second half of 2012 is going to be off the chain because of the steps I am taking right now. I don’t want to get too much farther into it, but the team has some tricks up our sleeves. $alute

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