SXSW Stories: Mike Chehade
Man, you know, I’m from Texas. This is a good time of the year to really get out here and network so you’ll find myself in places like this.
This year would be, honestly, getting to spend everyday side by side walking around with Blame the Label, Amir Abbassy. He introduced me to John Monopoly, Kanye’s first manager. The legend. Google him, look him up. That was a huge moment for me, bro.
Watching Kendrick perform in a super small venue a few years ago. This was right when he was taking off. GKMC had just came out – or it was about to come out. Watching Dot perform in a smaller venue that was more intimate.
I wouldn’t change anything about SXSW but I would change the way that some of these artists that used to go to SXSW that were smaller who are now bigger superstars and their managers – the way they talk about SXSW now. Some people say it’s washed, some people say it’s over, it’s too corporate. I beg to differ, man. It’s still as beautiful as it’s always been. It’s a place to discover new artists, young artists, and see real talent and meet people face to face. There’s no place on earth like SXSW.
I’m looking forward to EarthGang releasing Mirrorland, their album, and J.I.D releasing his next few projects. He’s got a Gangsta Grillz coming up that he’s about to release with Drama. I’m just ready to see the whole Spillage Village take off, man. I got love for that whole camp so that’s what I’m looking forward to.