Pictured above you’ll see myself and The ILLZ rocking on stage at the Webster Hall Studio this last Thursday. We performed a 3-song set consisting of all-new material from the Chawky White project.
The party was supposed to be 90′s Hip-Hop themed; however, the DJ slowly morphed his playlist from vintage Biggie to current dancehall reggage (?!). This drastically shifted the crowd to a non Hip-Hop audience. To make matters slightly worse, Curren$y happened to be performing upstairs at the same time as us. This took a sizeable chunk out of our audience. Never-the-less, we still rocked it and got paid. For some more pictures of the show, check out IllTalBeats on Facebook. More Chawky White coming soon!
For anyone in the New York City area this week, come check out Chawky White live, this Thursday at Webster Hall. It’s Chawky’s first public performance so it’s sure to be one to remember! Chawky will be performing 3 songs (all produced by Ill Tal) from his upcoming project. Come check it out.
On May 5th, I hit the studio with Chawky White again. We’re currently working on our new album, tentatively titled “The Manhatten Project“. We met up for an early (10:00am) Cinco De Mayo session at R & J Recording Studios in Perth Amboy, NJ.
We did two tracks – “Uptown” and “Upper East Side”. These will most likely be performed at our upcoming New York City show at Webster Hall at the end of May (details coming soon).
Who or what is Chawky White? No, he’s not a character on Boardwalk Empire – that’s Chalky White. Although, we are big fans of Michael Kenneth Williams and Steve Buscemi. Chawky is actually a new super group featuring producer Ill Tal on the beats. This is actually my 4th rap group if you count my failed attempts in my teens and twenties with The Grimiez, Lost Souls and Inner Circle (not to be confused with the Reggae group who made “Bad Boys”).
So who’s in Chawky White? No idea. We all wear masks – some real “Eyes Wide Shut” sh#t, minus the orgy. Could be Nas and Big Daddy Kane for all I know, but probably not.
What do we stand for? REAL Hip-Hop. We’re not backpackers, we’re not underground, we’re not emo, we’re not party. Chawky White is all about having fun, dope beats, and not caring what you think. Think Biz Markie, Prince Paul, De La Soul, Beastie Boys.
For more news and updates on Chawky White, follow him on Twitter or check out his awesome, free Geocities 1999 website.
The first question you probably have is, wtf is Turpentine Weed. It actually is a real plant, peep wikipedia if you don’t believe me. But that’s not where the name came from… I have a habit of naming my beats after something that has to do with the original sample (so I can remember). I thought the sample was from Stanley Turrentine, so I named the beat Turpentine (paint thinner if you don’t know). It’s actually a different Jazz artist with the first name Stanley, but he shall rename nameless for now. Anyways, Illz thought the name was cool, googled it and found out about the plant with a similiar name and the song was born.