From the family of TNG comes a versatile artist named Chase Kordell. His introduction to the House consists of telling us the story about his new EP, “NO FAACE”, out now. With his unique flow, Chase is ready to take his creativity to the next level with his new project.
Who is Chase Kordell as a creator/artist?
“I'm still developing who I am as an artist because the amount of work it takes to be who I want to be is more than I've accomplished in my years. Who I will be revered as is the Greatest Artist of this Generation. I can say I'm an artist in search of longevity. I'm an artist who creates music meant to last for the future generations.”
It has been almost a year since the drop of the Martyr Man EP. Since then, how have you changed as a music artist and as an individual?
“Like with anything, when you put enough time and effort into it, the outcome will be growth. Of course I've grown and gained deeper understanding of my craft, but more importantly, I've gained a message that I believe Martyr Man EP was missing.”
Explain the theme behind this new project and the meaning behind “NO FAACE”
“I wanted to capture a time where I felt like a lot of my development into a true artist began taking place. Looking back, these were some of my most powerful songs lyrically. To be 18 with as much talent as I had, this project will serve as a reminder to myself that I was made to create music. NO FAACE is a part of me that I couldn't identify 4 years ago. I never had the chance to understand who I was at that time, so I lost my way musically and didn't really have any direction or meaning that I could recognize.”
What inspired you to release all these lost tracks from past years?
“A lot of these songs I hadn't heard for years until sometime in March, I heard the track “ez” and it reminded me of ALL the unreleased tracks that I had been just sitting on because they were so old and outdated. At that point, I thought I had no use for them. Then, finding all of these fire ass tracks and made me realize that this whole time I had been holding onto a great sounding body of work. I couldn't hold on to these tracks even if I tried because they were destined to come out at some point or another. One thing about me is I've learned to love to share my music with whoever, whenever, wherever.”
What was it like developing this project with so many of the songs already produced?
“It was like a dream. The best part of making music is the finished product, but in this case all the songs were already done. All I had to do was piece them together.”
Corey Morris makes many appearances across this EP, like in the track “Freeverse II”. What impact has he had on your music and your life in general?
“Aww man that's my brother. He was the first artist to give me a verse and the rest is history. We've both grown so much from where we started, it is almost like a movie. When we're together, it's like iron sharpening iron. There's not too many artists our age who can really match the skill the both of us share. Growing up, we both were inspired by Andre 3000 & Big Boi 2.0. “He the Visionary, I'm the ActivisT.” If you know, then you know and if you don't, then you'll find out soon enough. TNG 4L!”
Is there a specific song in the EP that stands out to you more than the others? Do you have a favorite track?
“I'd say track 8 ,'taliban', stands out definitely because it's less lyrically focused and more geared towards where I stand on certain issues. Although, my favorite would have to be track 9, 'no face’. It's the most unique song I've recorded from that time. I really focused on an uplifting sound that's still undeniably hip-hop. Everything from the beat to the lyric. That track makes me feel like I can overcome anything.”
The project consists of several unique flows and sounds. What specific artists and creators that you listen to helped inspire your style of music?
“I've always been drawn to artists with heavy lyrical content, but specifically at the time these songs were recorded, I was listening to Isaiah Rashad, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Nas and various artists of that nature. It's easy for people to see that my biggest inspiration is Kendrick Lamar. I believe in order to overthrow the "Greatest of All Time", you must first study them and use what you've learned to better yourself.”
How is the construction and development of this EP different than “Martyr Man”?
“Both NO FAACE & Martyr Man came together in the same way essentially. A collection of tracks from the time to display my talent. The only difference is, with NO FAACE, I didn't have to write and record. The songs were there and all I had to do was mesh them together in a way that would have an impact on listeners.”
Short-term/Long-term goals following “NO FAACE”?
“Short-term I want to expand my audience so the amount of people I can share my music with grows. Anybody who supports me and what I do, I consider them family. My family ain't big enough right now so I need to put more effort into growing. I want to use "NO FAACE as a stepping stone to something greater. Long-term, my focus is on my consistency & visibility. People can't connect to what they don't see and an artists most important tool is his ability to connect.”
“NO FAACE” shows the House the magnificent creativity Chase had before he even knew it. Not surprisingly, his diverse project showcases the evolution his music has seen since the release of “Martyr Man”. Even if it is his first time in the House, Chase has proven to us with his latest creativity that he is here to stay.