Almost a week ago, J. Cole’s epic album “KOD” dropped and so did a video that went viral from a New York rapper named CHIKA, who responded to J. Cole’s song “1985” from his new album. Remarkably, her Twitter video now has over a million views.
CHIKA chopped it up with Above Average Hip Hop and discussed her music background and what inspires her.
“I’ve been rapping since I was 14. I started writing poetry and I wanted a way to incorporate it into the songs I wrote, and eventually it just became what it is” she says.
“I’m inspired by people & society. There’s plenty to write about, plenty to comment on, and a lot of things that need to be heard. In my opinion, music is the best way to do that,” she adds.
It’s evident that CHIKA has a lot to say and wants her voice to be heard. Her Twitter page is also proof of that. She has countless rap videos that discuss wealth, the black community, love and a slew of meaningful analogies.
“I want to be remembered. Not for who I am, but for what I bring to the game & changing how people think. I just want the respect that my fellow lyricists get and the opportunity to touch people in some way,” she notes.
CHIKA is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. She recently relocated to one of the world’s music capitals – New York, to focus on her music career. She also comes from a very supportive family and keeps them in the forefront of her mind when times get rough.
“My family also keeps me motivated. I have parents and a sibling with special needs that I want to be able to take care of. When things get really hard, I think about that. They have tried their best to support me, so I‘ll bust my ass to support them,” she mentions.
In her latest viral video, she discusses how there are people in the rap game who take their platform for granted. Mentioning that there’s so much in society that needs to be addressed and it’s not. CHIKA is fighting for a spot in the game so her voice can be heard and lives can be changed. Similar to how J. Cole, who she admires, pierces the souls of his fans with his lyrics.
By the looks of it, CHIKA is definitely off to a great start in her music career. It won’t be long before she’s ranking top 10 as the next influential rapper in the game.