Houston, Texas, what's crackin? What do you know? Chamillionaire, the truth, makes another move to gain even more of my (and hopefully all of your) respect. As I have said before, I will say again. Cham grinds/earns harder than anyone in the game. I get e-mails left and right updating me on this dude's current situation. Chamillioniare's album still got a couple months before release, yet I cannot name a time in the past year when Cham's name wasn't all over the damn place.
Ever sense Cham dropped The Sound Of Revenge he has been a poster boy for not only Houston, but hip-hop as a whole. Well, today I received an e-mail from Cham's people making it official that "Not a Criminal" feat. Kelis will be the first single off of his highly anticipated sophomore release Ultimate Victory, which will be released through Chamillitary Entertainment/Universal Motown. The first time I heard this song I was like "it's aight," but I have heard better songs by King Koopa. However, the more I listen to this joint, the more I'm feelin it. I can definitely tell you that Koopa knows what he's doing. The track is produced by Styalz Fuego, and is gonna be something you see up on BET and MTV real damn soon.
This song's title comes with a purpose. Chamillionaire also re-addresses the haters, and explains to the people that he sees himself as an entrepreneur and a business man in this quote:
People treat you like you committed a crime when you speak the truth about whatâ€™s really on your mind. People act like its wrong to have an opinion about things especially when your views are different than theirs. I feel like setting the goal to be a successful entrepreneur should be looked at as a good thing and should not come with all the unnecessary hate and resistance. The business world can be a cruel place and even though I work hard at being successful and staying on top of my business, some people will look at me like Iâ€™m a criminal because of it, when Iâ€™m actually just working hard so my company can grow and I can remain successful. Even though one may have money through hard work, you still get judged and have to deal with prejudices and problems. I plan on doing what I feel is right for me and not worrying about anyone that feels otherwise
Hopefully that will help the masses understand why Cham chose this as his first single. On another note the Color-Changing Lizard decided to make a change in his day-to-day attire. Everyone knows that Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, and Paul Wall are the mainsteam Houston rappers who really exploded the whole "grill" fashion onto the hip-hop world. Cham has decided to throw out that look, and for a reason:
I need people to pay attention to what I have to say, instead of just staring at my mouth. I speak with a purpose and definitely want people to know that Iâ€™m not just some rapper with diamonds in his mouth. As soon as they get past the materialistic stuff and listen to the message on my album then I will feel like I have won.
What I love about this whole thing is that it really proves that Chamillionaire is a down-to-earth dude. Just because he got his money and fame doesn't mean he wants to be looked at any differently. He is still making hits like he always has, still getting money like he always has (just a lot more of it), and is still keeping it real with the fans like he always has. According to Chamillionaire and his people this upcoming album, Ultimate Victory, will share his "feelings and experiences with fans, expressing his opinion on the good and bad things that come with fame and money, tension towards the South movement, to friendship, love, media, the industry, beef, politics and life." That sounds pretty damn straight forward, and good to me. They have also stated that Koopa has a line up of heavy weight producers that he is currently working with on the new album, such as Three Six Mafia, Rick Rock, Play N Skillz, The Runners, JR Rotem, Kane Beatz, The Beat Bullies, Happy P, Disco D, and Ike Dirty. On top of that he is working with Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, Pimp C, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Slick Rick, Devin The Dude and Famous. I cannot wait to listen to Ultimate Victory.
Chamillionaire feat. Kelis- Not a Criminal
It's a stick up! Everybody get low!