We had the good fortune of connecting with Chayce “Chaycin Change” Whiting and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chayce “Chaycin Change”, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I never really decided to pursue a career in the arts. Since as long as I can remember I have been drawn to music. My father is a musician and has a great singing voice. I grew up with his singing being a relevant thing even though he never pursued a career in it. I owe my family for a large part of my love for music. I always found it amazing that works from centuries ago are still preserved for the sake of the “culture”. Art is one of the few things that lives forever. Since childhood I have been fascinated with words and the way when used in the right order some of them feel like they were created to be next to certain others (words). I’ve always been drawn to creative expression but as I got older it became a necessary therapy for me to release my thoughts and frustrations via lyricism. I knew I couldn’t be the only one feeling or thinking the things I was, so when the response was positive I knew that my intellectual property could be of great value to my family and legacy since it’s limitless in resources. Spending time and money investing in my craft and brand with little monetary return reiterates that this hasn’t been a choice but a calling. It’s only the days and moments where I feel like giving in but don’t and keep going that a conscious choice is made.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art expresses the day to day thoughts of an individual in the process of discovering their own greatness and understanding that one’s life is truly defined by what greater good has been achieved for others and what will live on once he or she is gone. My art is the exception to the perpetuation of violence, hyper-sexual activity and/ or crime in the Black community within rap/hip-hop. I am the hip-hop industry’s blacksheep of a two-parent [still married], upper middle-class black household. Despite what the media says you don’t have to be a drug-dealing, sex, crazed murderer to make hip-hop/rap music. I take pride in being who I am, truly and at all times. I think it’s important that everyone, especially the youth, has examples of people being genuinely themselves… of people expressing an individual thought that might challenge societal norms. In a day so driven on filters and facades and amplified by hyper-instant gratification I make a point to focus on the process and the blemishes in my own life that I struggle to master and remaster as I progress.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m all about great food and a great view. I definitely would have a couple hikes planned ( Echo Mountain and the peoples choice “Runyon” for the aesthetic). I love the beach/ocean and fresh seafood so I have a couple places I love for that (Geoffrey’s off the PCH and LURE in Ventura are a couple.) But there are a couple of high [elevation] points I love driving to and just enjoying the view. Crazy to imagine what’s going on and what’s capable when you’re looking around at the lights of 10 million people.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family, especially my beautiful daughter. She’s my reason for believing.
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