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Published on January 26th, 2019 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson

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Meet Texas Hip Hop Legend Don Chief

In the early 2000s, a local Dallas, TX rapper by the name of Big Chief (now known as Don Chief) introduced himself to the rap game with a self-released track entitled, “Exotic Games.” Little did anyone know that this was the beginning of the career of a Texas Legend.

Over the next 15 plus years, Don Chief would release over 30 albums and 16 Volumes of his now classic “Eat Greedy” album series. With a distinct, laid-back flow, and unique voice, Don Chief has entertained and educated the masses in the art of the “street-life.” Like a news reporter on the front-line of Dallas’ dark culture, Don Chief has delivered a one-of-a-kind, in-depth view of the highs and lows of the “Dirty D.”

Highly respected among his more well-known rap peers, the veteran MC has collaborated with artists like Dorrough Music, Jim Jones, Chamillionaire, Lil’ Keke, the late Nate Dogg, Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, and more. In early 2011, the internet went crazy when news started circulating that Chief had signed with Cash Money Records, which Chief later denied with the release of a single entitled, “Already Cash Money.” Having established himself as a legitimate artist with “next level” potential and over 500,000 units sold independently, Don Chief is poised to “kick the door in” on the mainstream music industry.

As you see your self, who is Don Chief?

Don Chief is a leader amongst many, a teacher, provider, a Boss.

What brought you to the entertainment industry and music specifically?

Nothing, in particular, brought me to the music industry, it was more or less the upbringing and seeing the older cats that came before me spit. But my love for my mama helped me write my first rap which was a Valentine’s Day poem to her.

What and/or who influenced the sound you bring today?

Dallas-Fort Worth influenced me along with artist like 2pac, UGK, 8ball and MJG, Scarface, Lil Keke, No Limit, Cash Money, E40, B-Legit, and Snoop.

What’s happened in your career that makes you feel this is the industry for you?

The thing that happened to me that let me know this game is for me was the fans, literally, I have had so many tell me my music, and words got them through situations. People have let me know that I have what it takes and I can honestly say I make a living off music entertainment.

What was the biggest obstacle to getting to your current career phase?

The biggest obstacle I have to say was getting the whole city of Dallas-Forth Worth behind my brand and movement, which allowed the world in a certain way get a load of me.

Tell us about your current project?

Legendary is the new project which is more or less a feeling I’m in right now, just reflecting on my journey, my work over the past 15-plus years, and all the established entertainers I’ve worked with is simply legendary itself!!!

What do you feel has been your greatest life achievement so far?

My greatest life achievement is yet to be reached, but living your dream is big!! I’m living it.

If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?

2pac would be the artist simply because of his soulfulness which I preach content!!

If you had to pick one song of yours, that really explains YOU, what would it be?

I’ve got over 600 songs and they all describe me, but at this moment I would say the titled track on legendary called “The Don.”

Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” moment…

A crazy were they do that moment I can say is I had a homeboy that did 10 years flat, got out a week and went right back lol.




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