Chika Explains Her Motivation Behind J. Cole "1985" Freestyle
#DXCLUSIVE: The 21-year-old viral sensation also revealed that she has an EP coming this fall and an album in the works.
Chika captivated a massive audience when your Instagram video response to J. Cole "1985" went viral in April. Although the 21-year-old native of Alabama had already moved to New York City and was actively engaged in his profession, and the Cole video was the catalyst that I needed.
"The J. Cole video was probably my starting point, but energy wise, that was when I moved to New York, 'the cause of my anger and things started getting more serious," Chika explained to HipHopDX. "I guess I was like, 'Well, I'm going to be broke until I make something of myself, so I have to go there.'
"I noticed my things was picking up more traction, and then the J. Cole video actually ended up going viral, and from there, everything that likes a bit of take off. But the greatest of them ended up being the J. Cole video."
my response to @JColeNC "1985" 🤐 just a couple of thoughts. 💭 enjoy! pic.twitter.com/ox2vnwkhzn
— CHIKA (@oranicuhh) April 21, 2018
The original version of "1985" serves as an ominous warning to the younger generation of rappers, and predicts a grim future in Love & Hip Hop if they keep putting out vapid content.
While the concept itself is noble, Chika had a problem with the line, "All these niggas now appearing is young/they All say that the music they do is fool/I remember that I had 18 years/Money, pussy, parties, I was in the same thing."
"I was really working my ass around that time, and don't get me wrong, I really liked [the song]," she explains. "I love the album and J. Cole is probably my favorite rapper now. But the things he was saying in it, I feel like men get a pass to be mediocre. There are so many lines in '1985' that are like, 'I remember, I was 18 years old, and you're going to watch the games, I was in the same thing." And I think that when I was 18 years old and I do not speak nothing of the people. I was a little taken aback.
"I wanted to show that you can at least do both of those things