CHIKA Goes Viral With Epic Response To J. Cole's "1985"
#DXCLUSIVE: "The argument that we should leave these people to grow up is tired, old, and at the expense of the culture," he told DX.
Like most of us, a native of Alabama CHIKA spent the early morning hours of April 20, listen to J. Cole's surprise album, KOD. One song in particular, "1985 ('The Fall Off')," — in the Cole lectures to an anonymous rapper affected CHIKA to the point that she felt obligated to respond with a verse of his own. She shared the video to their Twitter followers and within about 24 hours, it had accumulated about 1.2 million views.
my response to @JColeNC "1985" 🤐 just a couple of thoughts. 💭 enjoy! pic.twitter.com/ox2vnwkhzn
— CHIKA (@oranicuhh) April 21, 2018
"I was happy ... I am someone that loves a slave of his words," CHIKA tells HipHopDX about the success of his charge. "I would like to make sure that the songs that I put a message and some type of impact. As someone trying to break into the industry, I find it disheartening to see cats rhyming cat in the hat and feel around with millions of dollars of deals."
"'1985' re-inspired a bit of hope in me," he continues. "Someone still gives a fuck about this ... someone still cares about the impact of what we are saying to the culture. It was something that made me very excited, and I had to respond to it."
"I am 21 — I was a young man of 18 years of age, the rapper, and I was not saying stupid shit or put the rubbish of the music," she says. "The argument that we should leave these people to grow up is tired, old, and detrimental to the culture. I think that we have to be better gatekeepers of this art, which was created as a way of expressing ourselves when no one hears us."
might as well do KOD covers the entire week because I love Cole so much. wow. anyway, here's "Motiv8" 🔥💪🏾
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Despite the fact that she has a lot of attention on her right now, she does not hurry to put anything. "I have a single that should be dropping soon," she says, adding that recently just moved to New York an