With a sound and lyrical delivery that has nothing to envy the greatest as Kendrick Lemar – Richmond’s native Cha$e Royale is back with his new single “Be Great” and we here on VENTS got the exclusive.
About the song, Royale comments “We all want to be first place. Like a gem that needs polishing, a blade that needs sharpening, we must go through those trials in order to achieve those personal accomplishments. As I look around, I see so many of my peers on the brink off triumph and I also see some that became complacent with mediocrity. Nothing can really come in the way of you and your dreams, with will power and positive energy surrounding you, the odds become obsolete. Be bold I say. Be great. Love and create. Find your escape. “
Chase Royale (Stylized Cha$e Royale) is an American hip-hop artist based out of the Richmond area. Born Charly Kamtchoum in Douala, Cameroon, Chase moved with his family to Takoma Park, Maryland where he would spend a majority of his childhood. Influenced by the 90s era hip-hop he grew up in, Chase Royale began honing his talents at a young age. As early influences, Chase would listen to Nas, Wu-tang clan, Tupac Shakur, and the LOX, to name a few. Impressed with their lyrical ability and distinct sound, Chase decided using his influences as a guide to model his music career. Chase’s family relocated to Stafford, Virginia, where he would finish middle and high school. In high school, Chase developed a love for the art’s, in particular, poetry and drawing. After graduating from North Stafford High School, Chase decided to pursue a career in the Arts at Frederick Community College.
After two years at Frederick, Chase packed his bags and moved to the art-influenced city of Richmond, Va. While attending classes at J. Seargent Community College, Chase began to actively pursue the music career he so longed for. He began collaborating with local artists, and performing at open mics around the Richmond area. Noted for his lyrical ability, Chase has garnered strong feedback for his abilities as a poet and lyricist. This past year, Chase performed at a venue at Randolph Macon University, and a rap show at Strange Matters, his first two official shows.
Chase released numerous songs for free in anticipation of his debut mixtape “Royale Reigns”. “Royale Reigns”, released in March of 2015, has gone on to feature on The Source, HipHopSince1987, Respect Magazine, AllHipHop, and countless others. The debut mixtape was also reviewed in RVA Magazine and has garnered the upstart rapper a bit of buzz in the area. Along with performing at select shows, Cha$e is prepping to release his second mixtape, “Gemcutter’s Prism”.