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Chevy Woods on Music, Life and The 48 Hunnid Project (Interview)

The 48 Hunnid Project Taylor Gang 2015

The 48 Hunnid Project
Taylor Gang 2015

Chevy Woods born and raised on the east side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, co-creator of Taylor Gang, voice behind numerous mixtapes including the famed Gangland Series, editions 1-3, all leading to the success of his first EP “The 48 Hunnid Project”, chatted with us here at

One of three boys, Chevy was always taken by the hustle his mother exhibited since he was a child. It was that very example that taught him discipline and grind propelling his career to the mainstream with an independent resume continuously flourishing to new heights. Chevy attended Robert Morris University, when young Kev the Hustla, was introduced to the art of rapping. On campus he came across an underground emcee whom was rapping, recording and pressing his own mixtapes. He enjoyed what the emcee was doing, so he took up the pen, knowing nothing yet about bars, counts nor how music was mashed together to make a complete track. Soon they began writing together, welcoming the crowds whom listened, looking around Kev see the heads bobbing in unison, supremely feeling what they were sharing via the mic, a very humble achievement. Thus Chevy Woods officially made his appearance to our culture in 2003 and this kat is still going hard in the paint. Let me introduce you to The Steel Cities very own Chevy Woods.

MUP: While in college, what was it that drew you to emceeing?

CW: A resident on the main campus I met this dude, Dan Brown, who was rapping and putting sounds/tracks together. We were on those note pads, we didn’t know anything about 16’s/bars, we threw on some instrumentals we had wrote, performed and entertained the people. It hit a switch and then that was all I had wanted.

MUP: What were you studying while attending Robert Morris University?

CW: Sports management. I went to college for mom mainly, but I knew being in school would bring something good out of it. I was big on sports, during my youth school years, I was an all American Athlete actually. But I knew getting out of the neighborhood would make my moms happy.

Chevy met Wiz Kahlifa, another Pittsburgh native, through a producer they both heavily worked with I.D. Labs. After meeting the first time, their personalities, ideas, passion and writtens, paved the way to create Taylor Gang.

MUP: After meeting Wiz, what was the initial sound idea around developing Taylor gang?

CW: No specific sound was needed. It was just us, we wanted to share our voices, what we had to say. Back then we listened to Dipset, 50 cent, some west coast sounds…we chose to find ourselves through music. We didn’t want to make a specific sound, we just wanted to share a part of us.

MUP: What or who inspires you?

CW: My Mom. She worked in public schools for 30 years as a secretary in various districts. She would see the fixing of grades and random acts of school grading violations. I didn’t want to disappoint her, so I did what I had to do to make her proud. Not only that, having a mother in the school system, I did not want to make her look foolish or bad. I have two other brothers, whom felt the same, two of us went to college for her.

MUP: What is one guilty pleasure of yours?

CW: Xbox Madden the new Madden but online. I be on that as soon as I get free time. I be online playing the homies, so I can stay in my spot, they can stay in theirs, without having to get up and leave or make arrangements.

MUP: In your personal music library, whom do you always listen too?

CW: Don’t have any “go to” artists, but then again I don’t have to go far, Taylor Gang is always a must, Future, Alexzander Onela, Drake, Wale…I be digging underground artists too, YNS Loochi and Young Greatness, to listen to them, see what they are doing, then I download their music, it is refreshing I see the difference in perspective.

MUP: When you began rapping, was there an artist or artists you related to?

CW: 50 Cent. Power of the Dollar in 2000. I wasn’t in the streets then, but it was the truest explanation of what was right outside my door steps. It me helped realize what was going on through all of his music.

Take note kids, a true emcee is vulnerable in every sense when writing music or off the dome when freestyling or in the booth, they live and die through their words. A rebirth has begun and a push to develop their artistry, purpose, rather their own journey through their very words. It’s heavy and quite respectable.

MUP: Gangland 3 mixtape dropped at the beginning of 2015, let’s talk about your first retail project the “48 Hunnid Project”…Named after the area in which you grew up, why do you feel it was important to name your album after it?

CW: “The 48 Hunnid Project” my first EP was about learning everything on that block. Naming it after the area in which I grew up means more to the people in the neighborhood then me. I made it out, recognizing where I came from shows I care. I got it tatted on me to remind me. It’s everything, showing myself and my city that life is full circle.

MUP: Taking almost two years to complete, what was it that turned this project into a perfection driven album?

CW: I wanted to do music, besides my mixtapes expressing myself that represented me. The records I choose, rather I believed felt more “me” made it to the EP. I had the features of those who I was a fan of, I am grateful for them, they like what I was creating. It took two years due to my presence in the media with all the touring I was doing, I really had to get into the pocket and put together something that was best to explain me, my life. Wiz told me “with an intimate album as this, treat it like your baby.” So I would listen to it over and over…at home, in the shower, when I ate, to understand, see clear as to where and how I wanted to deliver this record. I feel it was vulnerable, I was finally allowing myself the platform…they say there is a time and place for everything and this was my time.

MUP: Since the initial drop at the beginning of August, how has the response from hip hop fans come about?

CW: Welcoming. I was in New York doing press, walking thru SoHo at 2am and a dude with a single suitcase noticed me, stopped, said I was doing it and asked for an autograph. Coming out of the hotel same response, the love is overwhelming and saluted.

MUP: One thing you wish the industry would change?

CW: Now much more friendly, lacking competition. Drake and Meek brought back the competition, you don’t get that too much anymore. People throw shots at each other, but that’s it.

MUP: Our world consists of streaming songs, videos, everything is available via the internet, how hard or not is it to get your music/product/merchandise to listeners?

CW: Very easy, the more you are in touch on your social sites, sharing a personal touch, the more you can be one with your fans. It’s amazing, invigorating rather. It is better to have the one on one contact. It’s always, the smaller shows that are a favorite and success. The intimacy with your fans is a must.

MUP: Favorite city to perform/rock?

CW: Toronto… (No hesitation). Their love for music…they encompass love for music, performances, enhancing an artist’s dream of rocking live, being intimate with an artist is the ultimate experience. It’s like they are truly connected to you. I was so surprised how Americanized they are.

MUP: Weirdest thing that has ever happened to you on tour or while traveling?

CW: We got pulled over, 2 grams, to bail out we had to ….well we won’t get into that (Mashup mix). After our shows we have mopeds we hop on and I see Wiz riding round no shoes in his pajamas, riding around then flipped over it without knowing what caused the incident. We were like, he ain’t got no bruises, no scratches…he grabbed his Jameson bottle, tilted, killed it and then hopped back on…weird shit though.

MUP: In one word what does music mean to you?

CW: Everything! Life, Family, Experience…It’s EVERYTHING.

It was a true pleasure talking with Pittsburgh’s official Corner Correspondent, he doing it moving. We here at salute you good sir.Check out Chevy Woods of Taylor Gang right below, cop that Ep and check out his plethora of mean, dope, life moving mixtapes. Keep doing your thing Chevy, making that dope music Yo!



Jacquie Yo

September 4th, 2015

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