Connecticut born MC, Chase Davis had no desire to be a rapper when he started. In fact he is not a student of hip/hop. He doesn’t walk around quoting the golden era of the genre, simply because he did not grow up with the music. While his friends listened to Run DMC, Chase listened to Barry White. When they were seeing the culture bloom into something that they could be apart of. Chase was stuck in the house alone. The product of a single parent household, Chase was sheltered from the entire culture. His mother worked day in night to provide him with a certain lifestyle; which would have continued if he had stayed in the catholic school system. When he entered public high school hip- hop had found its newest conduit to spread its gospel. Chase was surrounded by hip-hop; he heard random lines from Biggie, Craig Mack, and the Wu Tang Clan for months. But it was a stolen Redman tape that pushed him over the edge. From that moment on, he listened to everything he could get his hands on. Chase started to dress different, talk different, and act different. The music took hold of his imagination. He and friends would get together and freestyle every weekend, but at the time it was still something he played around with. His goal was never to be a rapper; he wanted to be an artist, in every sense of the word. He was painter who seemed destined for art school, but when he got there his passions shifted, from the paintbrush to the written word. He found that the lifestyle of “the artist” was by far too expensive. A pen and a pad only cost a few dollars, so why not give it a go. Chase Davis would paint his masterpiece with words. Hip-hop’s transformation was complete.
In 2006, Chase contacted producers from all over the country and abroad to build what he called, “the beginning.” This “beginning,” brought Chase into contact with Lasmouve Records CEO, Johantz Wilson. Together they crafted music that reflected both Chase’s originality and undeniable charisma. In 2008 he released his first solo album Chase Davis is “Davis ’68.” A collection of songs that he deemed an “expedition of thought”. Played along with music” Chase distributed the album himself until he received a digital distribution deal through Amalgam Digital. Amalgam gave Chase the much needed national edge he needed to raise awareness about “Davis ’68.” In 2009 Chase met Ryan Kent Miller of RKM management, who convinced him to perform and push the album, “the right way,” I.E. shows, radio and other forms of media. Up until that point Chase had never performed. RKM was tasked with getting Chase the much-needed attention he deserved. So what better place to start than New Haven’s legendary Toad’s Place? A big ordeal for any upcoming artist, but Mr. Davis with hype man Mitchbeatz exceeded expectations; by releasing so much energy that an onlooker was quoted as saying, “I guess we came here to see them.” From that moment RKM booked Chase allover Connecticut, including the Space, the Trinity College Hip-Hop Fest Pre Show, and Musicology. But Mr. Davis felt that doing shows alone was not enough, there was still more music to make. By September of 2010 Chase with help from Mitchbeatz decided to part ways with RKM management, and embark on releasing the sophomore album “The Fast Life,” which will be a far darker project than, “Davis ’68.” He also connected with several producers and artist to produce several songs leading up to “The Fast Life.”
In 2009, Chase stepped outside of music to promote various, companies, events, and ventures. He joined Luvjonz entertainment to help with bookings, publicity and various activities including model management. Chase left the company in 2010 to start his own Model management company, with friend and business partner Janelle Gordon and Uchenna Nwachacu, Mod-L Citizens. In 2010 Mod-L Citizens became the fashion coordinator for Sound Magazine, and are currently in talks with several magazines. Also in 2010, under the banner Gallery J Fearon, Janelle and Chase produced the, “him/Her” art show. “him/Her,” was the first African American art show held in the City Lights art gallery. The show focused on the relations of men and women as seen through the eyes of selected artists. Him/Her garnered the attention of the Bridgeport art counsel. They were both invited to sit on the board concerning art in the city. Also in 2010 they produce their second show “The Spectrum of Colors.” This show or shows focused on four colors, red, white, black, and gray; in four locations hosting art from a multitude of artists.
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