House of Aura is east coast based but we show love to all coasts seeing that House of Aura is HIP HOP. Today, A lot of the style now and days is southern based though, everything from rappers that harmonize their own hooks, screwed and chopped to the beats heavy on the bass. There is a lot of talent from the south that hasn’t been showcased to the national population even though they have been seen on a national forum. Fortunately I will be able to introduce you to a name that you may have heard before but didn’t pay much mind to although you probably will recognize his break out single.
Remember this hook, “On my mama/ On my hood/ I look fly/ I look good/ Touch my swag/ Wish you could/ I look fly/ I look good”? If not let’s think back to 2009, 106&Park. Still no memory, well the video was #10 on the countdown for a few weeks. Have you guessed it? If not, the song is “I Look Good” and the artist is Chalie Boy, a Texas rapper that is well known for his harmonizing rapping abilities. When I say harmonizing rapping abilities, I mean like what Drake does on the majority of his songs. Anyway I know Chalie’s manager and he so graciously set this up interview for me.
Being from Houston, I have a lot of friends that are Chalie Boy fans and I haven’t heard much on him lately, so I wanted to catch up with him and see what’s new. Also for those that aren’t too familiar with him to get familiar with him because he is an amazing artist, that could probably teach you something or two lol. He’s been in the industry for awhile and has worked with some big names waiting on his time to shine in the eyes of everyone and not just us from Texas. Let’s get this started; so introducing Texas very own Chalie Boy.
1) At what age did you start rapping and what inspired you to become a rapper?
Chalie Boy: I started rapping summer, 2000, at 21yrs old. I honestly had no inspiration to become a rapper. Donald Gambrell, aka B-Nard, is the reason I got connected with dj Bull(CEO of Dirty 3rd Records) and the group The Freestyle Kingz. Through a small miscommunication(I was told the group was in need of someone to lay a few hooks to some songs they had prepared), I was given an opportunity to drop a verse on a track.. I’d jokingly played around freestyling in high school with friends a lunchtime, but I’d never really done any serious rapping prior to meeting these guys. I’ve sung all my life(never any jitters standing in front of people and doing that), rapping was a different story. I was a little nervous so it took me a lil while to step up to the mic. But when I did, it really surprised me how much the group enjoyed what I’d done. They asked me if I’d like to jump on a couple more tracks for the cd( cd debut: “No Hoes Barred”), and the rest is history.
2) Who can you thank for putting you on and getting you into the industry?
Chalie Boy: B-Nard, Dj Bull, The Freestyle Kingz( Tite, Da Ryno, Sir Coop, J.J., Dez, Big Red tha @$$hole, Lil Sho the Show off, and Big A.K.E. The @$$ Kickin’ Expert) and Roderick Jackson, AkA DHF, are the reason I am where I am today in this industry. If not for that special group of guys, I don’t think I would have had a platform to perform and express myself in the way that I have over these years. Singing and rapping are two completely different things, and I never in my life would have expected to have a career in the music industry because of my “rapping skills”.
3) Who is Charlie Boy? And where did the name come from?
Chalie Boy: Charles William, aka “Chalie Boy”….is me. Texas is the great state I was born in, and two small towns(Calvert,TX./Hearne,Tx) are where I was raised.. STILL being raised for that matter lol. My great uncle, who’s name was actually spelled “Chalie”, was very close to me. In high school when my friends would see me coming they would yell out,”C-h-a-l-i e Boooooyy!!!”. T hat’s what made me run with the name..seemed fitting to me.
4) Drake is popular with the rapping and singing but I actually heard you first with that style, so would you say that originated in the south and what title would you give that style of rap?
Chalie Boy: R&B singers actually have been doing that for years, Rick James for example. They were labeled r&b singers so that’s all they classified it as, just singing. Nate Dogg(R.I.P.), Big MOE(R.I.P), BoneThugz-n-Harmony, Nelly, Z-RO, and T-Pain are just a few artist to name that have used this type of style… so by no means can I take credit for being the first to do it. But EACH artist has attached their individuality to the style to make it their own. The only title I could put on it would be “melody music”. That’s probably not a cool name, but that’s the best way I would be able to explain it
5) Since you have been entertaining what artist have you worked with and what artist do you want to work with and why?
Chalie Boy: Messy Marv, Slim Thug, Juvenile, O.J. Tha Juiceman, Bobby Valentino Chamillionaire, Bun B, B-Hamp, Paul Wall, Fat Pimp, Tum-Tum, Dorrough, Kafani, Big Tuck, Party Boyz, Treal Lee& Prince Rick, Cupid, Yung Nation, etc.….and quite a few up –and- coming regional artist on the verge of breaking through and representing for their respective states. Bottom line, I would love to work with all the top dogs in the industry, but i definitely want to work with those who respect my style and my work ethic. Co-signs are a must in this industry for advancement, so it’s always good to have one. You make music magic when two artists click with each other respectfully though.
6) A few years back your song “I Look Good” went nationwide and was on the 106&Park countdown, how did that come about?
Chalie Boy: A track was brought to me by my engineer and I vibed to it for a little while… I put together the hook, got the verses done, then I figured what order to place them in. I listened to it two times completely through and just knew. I got one. We ran with it and it took off. I’m very proud of my accomplishment.
7) This far in your career have you accomplished what you originally set out to do from when you first started rapping?
Chalie Boy: When I started, even though it wasn’t the way I expected to be presenting myself to the world, the idea was still the same; I just want to be heard. I just want to see if I can make music that people would like or understand. That’s still my goal today. Music is changing so rapidly, so my goal is still to try and make music that people can enjoy and relate to. That is an artist job; make songs to express how people that can’t express it themselves. Making money off of me making music is truly a blessing, but it’s a plus for me. Music relieves my stresses, so I’m truly grateful for having the ability to do it.
8) What keeps you grounded while being surrounded by so much temptation? Cause some rappers let their fame get to their head.
Chalie Boy: My friends and family keep me very grounded. They believed in and still believe in me. When things slow down, they push me to keep it moving. No matter what they have my back. No “yes” men in my corner. I get told the cold hard truth whether I like it or not, and I love them for that. I was taught that everything you do won’t be perfect, so for you to improve, you have to be able to take constructive criticism. Shout out to my friends and family. One Love.
9) If you weren’t rapping what else would you be doing?
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