Chaz French Shares The Sounds Behind “True Colors”

Debutant rapper from DC discusses all the shades of musical DNA in his new albumChaz French True Colors interview

Washington D.C. rapper Chaz French has recently signed to a Capitol Records – his first signing to a major label, and it feels like it’s where he’s always belonged. There’s fire in the back of French’s throat that pulls up memories and reflections of heroes, but also of a strong sense of identity that distinguishes itself with a ranges of subjects that are similar yet somehow different to his contemporaries. His new album True Colors gathers together a range of perspectives at underpin the rapper’s focus – community, sense of self and the kind of purpose that comes with it’s own charge.

Quick to have won the hearts of fans and minds of critics alike, Chaz French has shown a range of influences that have passed through his filter to produce a cohesive, fresh new sound. ARTISTdirect grabbed a quick chat with Chaz, inviting him to share his musical memories, and the stories behind those influences…

First single I bought…

“All Falls Down” by Kanye West

First live show I attended…

Kid Cudi, Asher Roth, B.O.B at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX

First song I learned to play…

Probably “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on the piano.

The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice…

I liked playing the drums, still do. Hezekiah Walker’s song “Clean Inside” made me want to pick it up.

The song that reminds me of home…

“Nike Boots” by Wale

The song I wish I wrote…

“Self Control” by Frank Ocean

The finest song from my all time hero…

“Ghost” by Kid Cudi. The songs on this album really helped me through some hard times. I connected to every lyric and every melody… Made me feel like he made this song specifically for me.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud…

As of now, “Pops” but overall, I don’t think I’ve wrote it yet.

The song that should be played at my funeral…

“Back That Ass Up” by Juvenile. We’re having a party at my funeral.

My favorite track from my most recent project…

It changes every day… I’ve been listening to just riding around in the car and I really feel like its some of my best work by a landslide. So my favorite track changes everyday… but today, I’m feeling “Somehow.”

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