CHADLOVE (aka The PIMPTRONAUNT): One of the Most Talented, Up and Coming Italian-Jewish Rappers Arou

From: Evol Records
Published: Fri Nov 18 2005

Stacey Pollack interviewed CHADLOVE about his music and career to date and why he believes that there are not any other Italian-Jewish rappers in the market like him.

Tell us about when and where you first got into Rap.

I used to flow to the T.V. when Yo MTV raps was on and the T.V. would get static real fast on me, so I realized it must be something Iím saying or Iím just crazy, probably the second one, and then I couldnít really sing, "Iím not an American Idol", but I could be the next "American Rapper" since I have a good way of formulating my words together. I grew up at an upper-class high school, we played woman, drove fancy cars and rap music was the main thing Long Island kids do, so I just became involved with that. I was really into all types of music and rap wasnít always my favorite thing.

What is your feeling about other Italian-Jewish rappers who seem to rap for a gimmick?

There are not any other Italian-Jewish rappers. People tell me that all the time. To me, rap is the most real form of expression and form of art when it comes to music, so if youíre not expressing yourself and your history through your success with music then youíre really not representing who you are. To me you canít be an Italian-Jew aka "Pizza Bagel" rapper unless youíre speaking on topics that you and your people have gone through. I know a lot of so-called rappers that donít even mention their history in their rap. To me theyíre not reality rappers.

The difference between you and what some other rappers do is that youíre much more real about it.

Yeah, because itís a real thing. Reality is real, the world is real, and you canít just mock topics unless you have experienced them. Iíve made songs that make people cry; Iíve made Cantors cry with "Ghetto-Caust". Iíve also made 911 survivors cry with "Remember" and I have made people laugh with Ziggatee-Doo. I just do whatís real and whatís real to me, and what I feel the world needs to know, and what humanity in general needs to know as a whole. I am not an optimistic or pessimistic person, Iím a real live emotional human being who says whatís on his mind.

What sort of support have you had from your family with the music?

Funny you should say that! When I started they were not very supportive, they thought oh everyoneís trying to be a rapper, youíll never make it, this and that, and then they saw these record companies offering me a few hundred thousand dollars trying to sign me, and my dad sat back and said, Wow Chad, you must be a commodity, youíre a real act, and then they started getting back on my team, and weíve been making moves together ever since. The record industry isnít something to play with either, itís based on people who donít know anything or have anything, and then the deals they give out really arenít deals. I know artists who have gold and platinum records who donít have any money. I could not sign to one of those major labels, I had to do it independently because they want to own everything. I make songs like "Remember" and "Ghetto-Caust" for my people and me and then they want to own it, itís not fair.

Which of your peers would you like to collaborate with?

Actually, Iím in a class of my own right now. I am not collaborating with any rappers at this time; I didnít get the name LOVE for just any reason. If you think you have talent, please send me a demo or an email and letís see if we can sit down and have dinner together. My eyes and ears are always open to new talent. Thatís how I got my start and the tradition should be past on from generation to generation regardless of your skin color. Although, I would love to have the opportunity to record one day with the famous Slim Shady.

Do you have plans to pursue your music career over seas?

I plan to travel the world sharing my music with any audience that is interested in what Iím doing. Iím an equal opportunity employer and I donít judge on color or race. I do judge you on what you do as an individual in this short life span we all have. I donít care if youíre a garbage man or a CEO of a big company. If your attitude is whacked donít share that negative energy with me. I donít have time for the drama.

Finally, tell us about "Ghetto-Caust"

Growing up in the United States when I was going to high school, everybody knew about the Holocaust, but you didnít really have to have a Jewish education. When I was searching for my identity, searching for my roots in my young-twenties, I reached out to my grandma who was 83, and just passed away a few years ago. She explained to me who survived the Holocaust and who didnít. My great uncle was shot and killed and his family was taken to the camps, and I just did as much research as possible to learn more about what exactly was going on. If you look at history this only happened about 60 years ago and weíve been tracking history for thousands of years. It amazed me that mankind would let something like this happen. I did the research and I sat and cried several times when I wrote it. I wrote it for my people and me. People tell me itís a fantastic song all the time and I say listen; itís only the truth and never forget where the Ghetto originated. The Jewish people were the first Ghetto. You donít believe me, just Google it and see what pops up.

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