it seems like music is getting less and less relatable, unless youre
driving fancy cars or slangin drugs. Many folks are just listening to
music from a purely outside looking in perspective.
Bronx-born Chaundon is trying to bring a point of view into music that
more people will be able to relate to. His crew, The Hall of Justus,
out of North Carolina, is his built-in quality control team and some
rappers might be interested in obtaining a few trusted teammates of
their own to be something other than Yes men. Hes tired of the fake
personas and fictional stories that are flooding todays Hip-Hop.
Hip-Hop is in need of a reality check as well as an inspection sticker.
AllHipHop.com: Right off the bat, I want to talk about your song thats
out, NYID. Im not even from New York, and I definitely see what
youre saying in it. Do you want to talk a little bit about that
Chaundon: Of course. This is Hip-Hops manifesto right here. This is to
wake up those who forgot who they are. I have to take responsibility in
that as well. Im a New Yorker and when we win, we win together and
when we lose, we lose together and right now Im losing because my team
is losing. For them to start d**k-ridin and following the South? Come
on, we didnt even follow the West when the West was winning.
Motherf**kers stood up on their own two, grabbed a pen and went to the
studio and started making dope albums, cause they didnt want the West
Coast controlling the music. They respected the West, but they didnt
want them controlling it.
AllHipHop.com: And now?
Chaundon: Right now, thats not whats happening. Right now everyone is
just throwing on white tees and leanin and rockin with it. And Im
like, We never did that, so why the hell are we doing that now? We
danced, of course. Hip-Hop is an array of different types of music; we
make dance music, we make thug music, what have you but we never
followed anybody. New Yorkers have always been the trendsetters; were
the pioneers. We have to act like pioneers in order to hold that
stature in the game. And for you to make South records and youre from
New York? Shame on you. I have never made a South record and I run with
South rappers, my whole team is from the South. The Justus League is
from the South and I have never made a South record and neither have
they. Ive just never said, Yo, I need a beat from Lil Jon and a hook
from Jermaine Dupri. F**k that. I love their music but Im not gonna
d**k-ride and say, Yo, I need yall to make me hot.
AllHipHop.com: Do you think whats going on in New York has anything to
do with the fact that New Yorkers tend to have more loyalty for their
boroughs more than New York as a whole, while the South seems to be
more unified? The folks from the South seem to embrace almost anything
that comes from the South
Chaundon: It was always like that in New York; we always repped our own
boroughs but at the same time we respected each other because people
were putting out dope s**t. We had unity to a certain extent. Everybody
didnt stick with each other, but everyone wouldnt let anyone else say
something about the next person if they were making dope s**t. I mean,
just look at the history. All the greats were in different crews. You
never saw Kane or Rakim do a joint with each other, but they respected
each other. KRS-ONE didnt do a joint with Kane. Those were the top
three MCs back then, but they didnt tear each other down. Everyone
was saying Rakim was the god, Kane was the king and KRS was the
teacher. Everyone stuck to what they said they were and made music to
back that up, and it was up to us to decide who was number one. Now
everybodys deciding on their own who is number one. Im from the
Bronx, Im the king of New York and the next one says Im from
Brooklyn, Im the king of New York then its Well Im gonna make a
track dissin you. Do you know how stupid that s**t sounds?
AllHipHop.com: So tell me about this solo album of yours that you hope will get people down off their high horse, Ambitions of a Writer
Chaundon: Im currently mixing down my album Ambitions of a Writer, theres no release date and were still in negotiations with the contract so I cant say with who yet.
AllHipHop.com: And should we expect to see anyone on it other then yourself?
Chaundon: Right now, as it stands, I have 9th Wonder, Illmind, Khrysis,
E. Jones and D1. Im trying to get this Pete Rock joint on there now
and Im waiting for Evidence [and] Alchemist, but if they dont send it
in by the time we are completely done with mixing, then Ill just wait
for the next album. But as far as the features, I have Suede from Camp
Lo, E. Jones is rapping on there as well, Skyzoo, Sean Price and Darien
AllHipHop.com: Ive read you compare Hip-Hop to a dysfunctional family
member and even though you dislike what it stands for, at the end of
the day you still treat it like family.
AllHipHop.com: What plan do you have to bring Hip-Hop back to what it was like when you were growing up in the Bronx?
Chaundon: Quality control; its a lot of bulls**t out there right now.
Im gonna be honest, Im not the type to hold my tongue. I was raised
on KRS-One and he always said, Speak your piece and keep it real,
and even though that term went out the window years ago, I still hold
it dear to my heart. Keep it real. A lot of people dont keep it real
with their music, man. Theres a bunch of liars out there everybodys
a [drug] kingpin but nobodys smokin crack anymore. Everybodys a
thug, but who you thuggin on? Where the punks at? Nobodys a punk no
more. So its a whole bunch of bulls**t flyin around and nobodys
really nice anymore. Theres only a few that can really throw down with
AllHipHop.com: So how do you want to apply this quality control through your music?
Chaundon: By just being an artist; this is Hip-Hop, stop just doing one
thing because you can get paid for it. Dont get it twisted, Im in it
to get paid, but Im not gonna sit here and lie, like, I shot 45
people and I sold crack, I sold coke and say it on my record over
and over if that aint the case. Im a firm believer of the true story.
Everything I say in my rhymes is true, you can reference back to my
neighborhood and theyll tell you. Any rhymes about females, you can
call the ex-girls and theyll tell you the truth. Anything I say, Ive
done, so theres no way you can pull my card. I can pull cards on a lot
AllHipHop.com: What about you do you think the people will be able to relate to?
Chaundon: The majority of the people can relate to me and youll see,
theyre going to gravitate to my music. Theyre gonna say, I do what
he does. With my financial status Ive been to two continents already,
my passports got stamps on it. Ive been where Jay-Z has, just not
[on] his level. He traveled the world? S**t, I traveled the world. I
just didnt have millions to travel with. So I tell my story like Jay
tells his story, but on a different level. So anyone who hears Chaundon
says, What you know about Rotterdam, smokin trees in Amsterdam? they
know a broke motherf**ker went to Rotterdam and smoked some weed in
Amsterdam and chilled with a whole lot of ladies. You know? They can
relate to me more than they can relate to Jay-Z.
AllHipHop.com: Being that youre a member of the Hall of Justus, how did you feel about the Soldiers of Fortune album that came out a couple of months ago?
Chaundon: It was cool; it was a last minute thing we put together. It
was no rhyme or reason on what we did, it wasnt like we recorded that
album for that particular release. We had material that we had in the
vault and we just wanted to put something out to hold people over. Its
a love it or hate it type thing, you know? A lot of people loved it
and a few people didnt like it. Its cool with me; its just a
compilation, what more do you want? Its a glorified mixtape.
AllHipHop.com: So you approach albums and mixtapes differently?
Chaundon: Of course a mixtape is just a collage of music to show how
far I can stretch my arm. An album is cohesive; you dont have to make
a mixtape cohesive. You can have five sounds on a mixtape and nobody
would fault you for that but if you do that on an album, theyre gonna
get you. Theyre gonna crucify you like, Your albums all over the
place. Im hot already. I just have to wait for the rest of the world
to catch up.