Great Chan [Formerly Of Doggy’s Angels]: Less talk, more work

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Interviews

Published on October 23, 2022 |
by MuzikScribe


Fast forward to that highly anticipated new debut single, “Jump Back”, featuring David Banner – Tell me about that track in particular; how did it materialize?

“Jump Back” has been reissued; I dropped that single in 2013, and streaming then wasn’t as savvy as it is now and I felt it was a really good record so I’m reintroducing it on all platforms. The record was basically hidden because another artist was using my name, and my team is dealing with it. How the song came about, I was in the studio and Banner came over…he liked the track and jumped on it.

Of course, “Jump Back” (hopefully) is courtesy of your long overdue debut solo collection – what can you reveal and/or divulge about said upcoming work?

My album is definitely in preparation; should be out in early 2023… not sure if I’ll add “Jump Back”.

How then does this new material(s) differ and/or compare to what your fans and followers already know and love you?

Well, it will be a bit of a stretch because they heard what I can do as a group but not as a solo artist and there will be my truth and my point of view.

What was it about now in 20-22 that made you come back to music?

The desire was always there, but mentally I wasn’t in that space. I became a designer and it consumed me for a while, and now that the industry has changed, I owe it to my fans asking me where I was and where I am now.

That said, what exactly did/did you do, personally and professionally, during this long musical hiatus?

I’ve designed clothes for some of the biggest celebrities in the game… taught myself how to sew and have been up and running ever since.

As a lyricist, when you sit down to write your rhymes, where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from the track; 90% of the time, once it speaks to me, I respond.

Thinking about it, tell me all about your beginnings in music – When did you first become interested in it? And how did it all start for Big Chan?

I was inspired by NWA, and as fate would have it, my poetry writing days would pay off after being discovered by Eazy-E. This situation opened the door for me.

Now, you’re from Los Angeles, California, aren’t you? So, growing up in the “City of Angels”, who do you all consider to be your strongest musical influences?

My mother was my musical influence.

That said, how do you classify your sound and/or style in general?

Reality rap… as I go along, it all depends on my personal experiences.

What particular series of events actually led to your initial association with Coniyac & Kola, then your union with Snoop Dogg to finally form Doggy’s Angels?

Snoop had a solo contract for me and said he would sign me when the time came; the first song I did was called “Hoodtraps”, with him, myself and Kokane. An audition took place because (he) wanted to form a band; they made the cut, and history was made.

Why exactly did the band eventually disband?

Egos and rights, lawsuits and disloyalty.

Shift here…

Longevity, what do you attribute yours to?

My longevity is my legacy; I’ve covered a lot of ground, and I’m only scratching the surface.

What do you want people to take away from your music?

My truth, not just gossip. So many layers that something will inspire you. I can save some souls… God’s will be done.

More seriously, are you satisfied with the current state of Hip Hop? And, even more specifically, women in rap?

I’m happy that more women are being heard and getting their bread, but I’m disappointed with the topics because it doesn’t advance the culture, it (just) fits a narrative.

Do you have any other outside/additional aspirations, perhaps even completely away from entertainment?

Becoming a mother, through my tunnel or my stepchildren.

To date, what have been your greatest career moments, at least so far?

Design a wardrobe for Prince!

What does an average day look like for you?

My day is filled with fittings, pattern drawing and designing. Introverted at best.

Please discuss and respond to how you interact with fans…

Im very down to earth; if it’s questions, I answer.

What’s your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? And why?

The creative process. Egos and insecurities, not so much.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Know your worth and be consistent.

Are you still in contact with Coniyac and Kola? And, what are the odds/chances of a Doggy’s Angels reunion; whether on stage and/or in wax?

No, and unlikely. Respectfully.

Finally, what’s next for Big Chan?

The next step is the finished product, that’s the best way to put it. Less talk, more work; this has always been my rule of thumb.

Is there anything I left out or just forgot to mention? And, any “closing” thoughts or thoughts for our readers?

Finally, always bet on YOU!

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Key words: Big Chan, Coniyac, David Banner, Doggy’s Angels, Eazy-E, Kokane, Kola, NWA, prince, Snoop Dogg



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