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Charles Matthew Stewart, better known as Chachillie, was born into a musical home in Oklahoma City, OK, on June 1st 1983. His was a spiritual family as well, with his father being a minister of a small church. At the age of 2 his father moved their family to Memphis, TN to attend theological seminary. With Memphis being a hot bed for southern gangster rap as well as the home of the blues, this move would prove to be a significant factor in Chachillie’s emergence as a musician. He recalls of his early days there, “I remember Mom asking me what I learned in kindergarten one day and started beat boxing. I didn’t understand why she started laughing.” Chachillie’s mother was a teacher at an inner city elementary school in Memphis. She had a passion for making a difference, which Chachillie would later adopt, with music as his channel.
Chachillie developed an ear for music at a very early age, and by nine he was writing and recording his own rhymes into a fisher price recorder, and by 14 he’d acquired a beat machine and started banging out his own beats. During this time, in the fall of 1997, Chachillie’s mother died very suddenly of acute Leukemia. His father, who had always battled with alcoholism, went understandably off the deep end, leaving him and his brothers alone and essentially fending for themselves.
From this point on he pretty much raised himself, and spent a lot of his time traveling the east coast and honing his craft as a wordsmith and musician. Sometimes homeless and sometimes selling drugs to eat but music was never forgotten. Some of this time on the road was spent touring with Funk/Hip-Hop fusion band GFE, where he was mistakenly featured in XXL magazine as their front man “Angry Andy” (not an actual member of GFE). After experiences like Erykah Badu telling him “you were incredible” after a cipher at a private party, and being pulled aside to be commended by Afrika Bambaataa after performing at a Zulu Nation event… it was clear what path was unfolding.
At the end of 2010 Chachillie started working with Ben Gradison at D-Street Studios, recording other artists and working with Ben’s non-profit to set up music studios in impoverished regions of the world. After completing the album Goosebumps On Pangea together (which had 3 Billboard charting songs and WAS to be distributed by Universal Music Group) Ben Gradison tragically passed away. Chachillie was in a few ways forced back to square one with the loss of his best friend and music partner, and their album never even being retailed. Now in 2014, completely independent and hungry as ever Chachillie is picking up the pieces and saying "I got this. I'm just thankful."