Hip hop has been in the news quite a bit lately. From Kendrick Lamar to Drake, we are seeing a resurgence of hip-hop and more of a focus on lyricism, creating a more diverse culture.
Chancellor Warhol is a hip-hop act that is a part of the new scene, and I had the pleasure of sitting down with front man, Antonio Dewayne Boleyjack, for an interview.
The last few years have been strong for the duo playing at festivals as big as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and SXSW. Boleyjack has been known as a dictator of his own art. His Twitter bio reads, “I am the thread that accents, not the fabric that overwhelms.”
This is the postive direction that we are seeing hip-hop lean towards. Chancellor Warhol represents a genre that strives to create lyrically empowering music, rather than theatrics. The pair’s sound is a mix of rock and hip-hop, inspired by artists such as Jay Z, N.E.R.D., Oasis and Nirvana.
“In the 90’s, grunge rock was killing it,” Boleyjack said. “Hip-hop took over where grunge rock took off”.
It seems that hip-hop has been on the upward, and Chancellor Warhol is taking advantage of that opportunity.
“Everything is merged together,” Boleyjack said. “It’s very diverse. It’s hip-hop but it’s also elements of Indie.”
Josiah Williams is an up-and-coming artist on Bradley’s campus, and Boleyjack had the chance to see his performance. He was excited to see a driven student continuing to help mold the new culture.
Both members of Chancellor Warhol said that artists, like Williams, should continue in a direction that creates their own brand, even if it seems cliché. Chancellor Warhol’s message to young musicians is to keep true to themselves, even when people doubt their style.
A stand up example of the changing times for hip-hop and pop culture, Chancellor Warhol ended by saying that they’ve met a lot of people in hip-hop and “they are all equally capable of starting a fire.”
For more information on Chancellor Warhol and their upcoming albums check out www.chancellorwarhol.com or follow them on twitter:@ChanceWarhol