Musical connections between different regions can be hard to see at times, yet there is an unofficial bridge between Milwaukee and Memphis.
The son of Milwaukee artist F1 Diamond, emcee Wave Chapelle has crossed that same bridge himself; relocating to Memphis to gain more industry knowledge from his father.
Quickly making a name for himself, Wave would eventually catch the ear of Yo Gotti who would then sign him to his Collective Music Group.
Currently on the road for the “The Drive in Theater Tour,” Wave took the time to speak with us about his It’ll All Make Sense Soon project, life on tour with Curren$y and his next steps.
AllHipHop: You recently signed with Gotti’s Collective Music Group, what insight or industry knowledge do you think you gained?
Wave Chapelle: I’m learning the actual business of the industry. I don’t think that Gotti gets enough credit on how business minded he is. He allows me to just remain myself. Our music is totally different from each other but that doesn’t mean that I have to change it.
AllHipHop: You’ve gotten great reviews from your features on CMG’s Chapter 1 mixtape and other projects, what kind of responses have you received?
Wave Chapelle: People liked the artistry and time that I put into it and appreciated it. Other people didn’t care to listen to it since they couldn’t bounce and dance to it. [laughs]
AllHipHop: You definitely make music beyond just club tracks, how would you describe your sound and do you feel like you’ll be forced to change it in any way down the line?
Wave Chapelle: I would describe my music as authentic, I’m just the realest. I make music for everyday people. There’s no fiction in my music, I rap for the people that go to school and go to work every day.
AllHipHop: What do you feel is a common misconception that people have about you?
Wave Chapelle: I would say that there’s more substance to my image. They see the bandana, the grill and some people want to put a concept in their mind of what I really am, but there’s more to me. The music is a lot more substance.
AllHipHop: You’re currently getting ready to release your debut project It’ll All Make Sense, any special meaning behind the name?
Wave Chapelle: Everyone had a bunch of questions and was just curious about everything. [laughs] So that’s why I named it It’ll All Make Sense, because once you hear the music, it’ll speak for itself.
AllHipHop: And what singles or features should we especially look out for?
Wave Chapelle: If I had to choose a must hear I would say “Let Me Be Great.” I’ll also have some features from Curren$y, Lil Dirk and more.
AllHipHop: You’re currently on the “Drive in Theatre Tour” with Curren$y; how has that experience been for you?
Wave Chapelle: It’s been great; touring is everything that I dreamed about since I was a little kid. I love touring, going around and touching the fans and just getting everyone familiar. I pay attention to everything that he [Curren$y] does on stage. Curren$y is a good example of sticking to yourself. If you look at his fan base, even if he’s not on the radio, you go to his shows they’re sold out. Goes to show that if you stick to what you do it can work out.
AllHipHop: With all that you have going on, what else can we expect to see from you?
Wave Chapelle: I recently got a chance to perform at Summer Fest back home in Milwaukee, which is one of the biggest events each year. I’m also working on a bunch of clothing designs, just being creative with it. But I wouldn’t call myself a legit designer or anything right now. Music wise, I’m probably going to do one more mixtape after this, and then going to do an album.
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