“I’m an artist that takes the craft very seriously. I’m going to keep supplying the fans, the listeners, the new listeners with the highest quality of music.” – Wave Chapelle
It’s often said that words are powerful. What you speak is what you believe and also what you turn into your reality. Wave Chapelle’s projects (and singles) give clues into the life it seems he’s always been focused on creating.
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop is the name of his upcoming EP dropping May 5, and it’s also the type of dogged energy Wave naturally emits.
“The motivation behind this project is to establish a mindset and motivation to fans, and even new listeners, to keep going no matter what,” he said. “As an artist who’s been in multiple places in my career whether it’s being on a major label or independent the mindset has remained that we can’t stop and that we won’t stop is a testament to that.”
Over the past decade, he released his debut mixtape, It’ll All Make Sense Soon (2013), was backed by rapper Yo Gotti and Epic Records (CMG) and is now charting his own path. Not only has this autonomy inspired a renewed focus, it also has birthed fresh music and new opportunities – including performing with the Milwaukee Bucks and becoming a team ambassador.
On his latest EP, Wave sticks with vibes that work. He’s back with Atlanta-based producing partners Menebeats (Childish Gambino, T.I. Cardi B, Future) and award-winning engineer Dacota G. Ahead of the latest release, the team dropped three singles: “Already,” “Honest (Remix)” and “Float” feat. IshDARR (with Wave and Menebeats on each single cover).
Ahead of his new release, Wave visited HYFIN to talk about the new project, his love for Milwaukee and his drive. He also explains his fashion (including the notable pearl necklace) and where his inspiration comes from now.
“I will never, ever need any more inspiration from anything else because this is like the ultimate source of inspiration,” Wave said when talking about his one-year-old son, Sol.
Wave’s next performance is at Cactus Club on Friday, April 28. “The Chapelle Show & Friends” features BoodahDARR, NilexNile, Lavish Liam and T!ny. For more information, click here.
This interview was edited for brevity and clarity.
Elizabeth Eden Harris, known professionally as Cupcakke, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. She is known for her hypersexualised, brazen, and often comical persona
Elizabeth Eden Harris, known professionally as Cupcakke, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. She is known for her hypersexualised, brazen, and often comical persona and music although she has also made songs with themes supporting LGBTQ rights, female empowerment, and autism awareness.
Acclaimed GRAMMY-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello makes her Blue Note Records debut with the June 16 release of The Omnichord Real Book, a visionary
Acclaimed GRAMMY-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello makes her Blue Note Records debut with the June 16 release of The Omnichord Real Book, a visionary and deeply jazz-influenced album that marks the start of a new chapter in her trailblazing career. Following her 2018 covers album Ventriloquism, Meshell returns with an album of new original material that taps into a broad spectrum of her musical roots. The Omnichord Real Book was produced by Josh Johnson and features a wide range of guest artists including Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Ross, Jeff Parker, Brandee Younger, Julius Rodriguez, Mark Guiliana, Cory Henry, Joan As Police Woman, Thandiswa, and others.
The Omnichord Real Book is introduced today by the expansive lead single “Virgo,” the mind-altering 8-minute centerpiece of the album which features Meshell on vocals, key bass, and keyboards, Younger on harp, Rodriguez on Farfisa organ, Chris Bruce on guitar, Jebin Bruni on keyboards, drums by Abe Rounds, Deantoni Parks, and Andrya Ambro, and additional vocals by Kenita Miller and Marsha DeBoe. The Omnichord Real Book is available for pre-order now on Blue Note Store exclusive color vinyl, black vinyl, CD, and digital.
“It’s a little bit of all of me, my travels, my life,” says Meshell. “My first record I made at 22, and it’s over 30 years from then, so I have a lot of stored information to share.” Reflecting on the impact that the forced stillness of the pandemic lockdown had on her, she says “I must admit it was a beautiful time for me. I got to really sit and reacquaint myself with music. Music is a gift.”
“This album is about the way we see old things in new ways,” Meshell explains. “Everything moved so quickly when my parents died. Changed my view of everything and myself in the blink of an eye. As I sifted through the remains of their life together, I found my first Real Book, the one my father gave me. I took their records, the ones I grew up hearing, learning, remembering. My mother gifted me with her ache, I carry the melancholy that defined her experience and, in turn, my experience of this thing called life calls me to disappear into my imagination and to hear the music.”
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