Rapper Chaz French, a D.C. native and Motown recording artist, rightfully celebrated his debut album in the city that made him.
Right before his album release party, the rapper sat down at Ben’s Chili Bowl and spoke candidly about his career, influences, fatherhood and what separates D.C. from any other city.
Who is Chaz French?
First, I’m a father of two, from Washington, DC. I grew up all over from Maryland, Virginia, D.C. I’ve even lived in Texas for some time. So, I’ve been around a lot. I’ve gone through a lot of heartache and struggle, but at the end, I turned it into something positive. The other side of Chaz French is the artist, the rapper, the musician. I’m also a son, a brother. Ultimately, I’m just a person out here trying to make a way and show people that anything is possible.
What is it like being a D.C. artist?
I feel like we are in a great position. There are new kids from here who really have a lot going for themselves. They have a story and a dream and it’s beautiful. A lot of us are signed now, so to have a record deal and be from D.C. and be a part of this wave and culture where we are right now…it’s amazing.
How has Washington, DC influenced your music?
I’ve been away from here too, so I feel like when I was gone and living in other areas outside of the DMV it made me appreciate the area more. I would go elsewhere and see different cultures and I realized that no matter where I go. I’m always D.C.
How is D.C. unique?
I think we just have a raw story and our presentation is like no other from style to art to the way we talk to the way we dress. Here you gon’ get it 100. We are some of the most passionate people ever.
Why did you pen a letter to young fathers on Father’s Day?
Being a father was the number one inspiration for that. And growing up with the situation I had with my dad. As far as him being incarcerated and not being able to be around as much as I would’ve liked him to. All in all, I’ve learned from that experience as well. It was just me speaking from experience.
What has made you a success?
I just stayed true and I trusted the people who were around me and didn’t let my pride or ego get the best of me, you know sometimes you can. That’s every human, we have moments of that, but I feel like I stuck to what I knew, stuck to my script and told stories the way I wanted to and also keeping God first. The number one goal is to stick to what you believe in, don’t settle, don’t compromise. The end goal is to let your plan and God’s plan ultimately match one day. WI