We had the good fortune of connecting with Chi City and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chi City, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
I would say the most difficult decision I had to make was removing friends and people I care about far away from my business and business finances. For some reason, people automatically feel entitled to your success and finances without added any value at all.
The hard part is, even though it may not be personal to you, you can’t control how others will take it, And there’s where it gets tuff because unfortunately, everyone doesn’t understand business and how the business operates. I’m not supposed to sacrifice everything I worked hard for over friendship or employing family.
It’s really hard when you have to face someone you care about and love to tell them you have to continue moving on without them for the betterment of yourself and your business. You never intend for it to come over as If it is personal towards them but for some reason it always does and it changes things moving forwards between the ones you care about.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, my name is Shantez Jackson popularly recognized as Chi City. I’m 28-year-old I am a music artist/songwriter from the South Side of Chicago. I moved to Los Angeles in early 2017 to expand my musical network and I also had signed a partnership deal with Empire at the time so being on the west coast made more sense.
A quick rundown on how I got to where I am today was with the 2017 release of my song “Thug Life” which kinda mimics the style that originated from the group Bone Thugs n Harmony, but it went viral on SoundCloud and Lyor Cohen from 300 Entertainment reached out at the time.
Shortly after that, I dropped a song called “Sorry Kanye”. I had ended up getting ahold of Kanye West’s unreleased “Fade” beat while working on music in LA. I can’t really say how I got the beat but it quickly caught headlines, which lead to a tug of war with Universal and G.O.O.D Music over track from the highly anticipated “TLOP” album.
Next thing you know I found myself in session collaborating & co writing w/ some of today’s most relevant artists like Kodak Black, Jamie Foxx, Usher, Nicole Scherzinger, Diplo, City Girls, G-Easy, Machine Gun Kelly, to name a few so It’s crazy how things never play out how you imagine them but sometimes you just gotta roll with the punches and make the best out of them and that’s exactly what I did.
It definitely wasn’t easy and I learned that a big part of the music business is being entertaining and So even though that wasn’t something I had planned the entertaining part of it is what helped me catch a lot of attention and knowing when to get out before it’s too late was important as well.
Like at that time everyone wanted to interview me like Complex, Billboard, etc but I felt If I kept that going about the Kanye song it would have did more harm than good in the long run so I declined the hype and got back focused on my music and used it as leverage for a lot of other things.
And as far as what I would want the world to know about my story is that it’s still being written. Even as you read this I’m still working still experiencing new heights, still recording and dropping new music. I have way more goals to accomplish and things to scratch off the list so I plan on being around for a while before I move on to something else. Music is my life at this moment in time
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my friends come to town to visit me in LA the first place I take them is to malibu. The scenic view and the drive crazy and also I know they have never seen anything like it before so that’s always a good choice. After that, usually, I choose Nobu for dinner just cause it’s by the water and it’s a vibe.
& There’s a few tacos trucks and spots I always hit up as well when friends come in town that got some good food
Other than that, I usually ask them what do they wanna do and just recommend from that point. Seeing I live here, it might be things that I don’t do any more than they might enjoy so I try to balance it out and be open.
Oh yeah and The strip club is usually a top choice lol, they always ask about that and wanna go so we usually do that.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out anyone I have ever encountered in my life that played a part in my journey good and bad. I feel experience and knowledge helps with your future and growth. You have to learn what to do and not to do, and you have to continue to elevate your mind to reach new heights. I feel the journey in life helps with that tremendously.
If it’s a bad relationship, friendship, dream vacation, being fired, a new car, strippers, heartbreak, death, etc. Everything helps mold us in some shape and form. We as humans can take that experience and mold it into whatever we want. Some use it for good, some use it for bad, either way, it’s a part of our lives story. So yeah shout out to everyone I ever came across and had contact with that played a part in a decision I had to make in my life good or bad. Thank You