Chumz was born in Edmonton, Alberta, the second son of two affluent First Nation entrepreneurs. He grew up on the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and in West Edmonton to attend secondary and high school. He comes from a musical and artistic family of Sioux cultural drumming and contemporary musicians. At a very young age he was inspired by movies and the performing arts. He was always interested in music, inspired by musicians and their artistic expression. Being exposed to the living conditions of Aboriginal people on reserve and the streets of Edmonton, he found sanctuary in music from many genres. The interest in music eventually inspired him to pursue a future in writing lyrics. Encouragement from his peers who at the time were his biggest influences led him to becoming a rapper and performer.

 

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

OFFICIAL CHUMZ: I Hail from Edmonton Alberta, Canada, the City of Champions. I Was born and raised on the west side and there may be many cities like it or better. But this is my home.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

OFFICIAL CHUMZ: My musical journey started at a young age. From being a baby and humming song notes, to a elementary school student who was infatuated with musical instruments, performing arts and poetry to becoming a man and starting to perform for people who then encouraged me to pursue this dream. I come from a background of musicians and artists. My family is well known within traditional / cultural Drum scene across
North America and in some cases overseas. I also spent a lot of time with my now deceased uncle who was a gospel singer and also wrote his own music. My background ranges from performing arts as well as being a MC in this game we call rap.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

OFFICIAL CHUMZ:My songs are about the struggle of being a Native American (First Nation) youth and man. We as people faced many obstacles not only within our surroundings but within ourselves, trying to find who we are in this melting pot we call North America or Canada. I come from a
family of hard workers, entrepreneurs, dreamers and risk takers. With those being the only positive outlets. I have also faced at a young age
addictions of many types. I only tell stories and write songs that we,as in me and my people, friends or relatives, have faced head on. I
like to laugh, I like to cry, I like to get angry in my music. most of all I like to have fun and I want to spread positivity through showing that not only in my actions but in my music that if you choose to move forward and pursue a dream that you do it wholeheartedly. I know no other way to create.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?

OFFICIAL CHUMZ: Right now my Favorite song is an intimate song about my choice to pursue this path; it’s called “Dream”. It has practically the whole story and emotion I’ve felt and how it pushed me to continue forward. I have spent plenty of evenings in bars, venues and stadiums being the man in the crowd. With that rush of wanting to be on stage, I became at home performing. Once I got on stage that was it, I was sold. So too me this song will always be a personal favorite too perform.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?

OFFICIAL CHUMZ: How much emails and networking it takes. How having a presence whether it be online or within the scene is important. How reaching out to your supporters is always the most important. Also how you cannot take the streets with you in any type of business you want to
do. I came in with a hustler’s mentality thinking like most artists do that I will just steal the game away. Once I laid out the work for myself I realized this was going to take more than a drive to move forward. It was going to actually be work. and that is where I am now, I want to do this. Whether it’s being an artist or trying to help young artists who do not have an outlet. just the way I started, I would like to give that back.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
OFFICIAL CHUMZ: Rez Official, JOEY STYLEZ, Wu Tang Clan, Tupac, Johnny Cash, Flatbush Zombies, Micheal Jackson, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Shawn Bernard, Uncle Nelson, Kendrick, The Weeknd, Snoop, BIG, BIG PUNISHER, DIPSET, BONE THUGS, Action Bronson, UGK, SPM, SLAYER, Classical Music, BLUES, EDM, Kanye west, Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, Immortal Technique, Que Rock, RASCALZ, JOEY BADASS, the sex pistols, Nirvana, Guns and Roses. Trust me when I say I can go on more. These are just some examples of music I have loved recently or from early on.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

OFFICIAL CHUMZ: My Music is what makes up a flash of lightning. Lots of work behind it, but you may only see me for a second. My music makes me feel like I am putting a spark in people’s minds who also want to do well for themselves in a positive way. I would describe my music as inspirational music, as angry music as true grit hip hop. Literally coming from gravel roads to pavement and seeing that the sky is the limit. My music is for the kids, the people in the struggle who just want a little hope, for the non believers I would describe my music as their answer to the hard question of why I do this. Its love music, baby making music, “I hope to inspire a generation of Warriors” music.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

OFFICIAL CHUMZ: As far as artistry goes, I do not think or wish to stand out from those who are also passionate about their creativity. Those who have a passion for arts and not only musically. We are equal in this love, we all find the same medium in the arts. I know there is plenty of wack
rappers and plenty of terrible singers even within the industry, but every now and then a band, a singer, a rapper, someone, some one comes around and shows us that there is always a next level. Its not a format, you have to be brave and take yourself from comfort and try. Fail if you must, but learn from those failures. Put your absolute heart in it, and I will see us as equals.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?

OFFICIAL CHUMZ: The whole “ride the wave’ of a trend could definitely change. I mean I get it that certain demographics want to hear the same music or style of music but I think as an industry head or person you would always want to try what’s new, or what’s creative, or what’s edgy. I mean
how does a lot of these albums and singles come out sounding the same. I swear if I put on the top 40 radio you’re going to hear the same type of music. I hear good stuff from time to time don’t get me wrong. I just mean for the most part, we do repeat and recycle some writers concepts to 30 different artists with the same producer and so on. Spending all this time on something that may not be cool in a few months. Personally the artists who always catch my ear, are those who are doing what they love, how they love. It could be any body. I just like fresh and that’s the type of thinking I would like to see, lets see something fresh. Money, cash hoes and whatever else people are into is 80s’. Let’s get to the Future.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?

OFFICIAL CHUMZ: I have two full albums ready to record and mix when I need them done, but for the time being I am prepping for an album release on July 14.”C.E.O. – The Anti Hero” Comes out on all digital Vendors that day, I am also planning an album release party to celebrate this occasion. there is some work being done to do a little touring this year or next, but for now I’m focusing on this album and getting it reviewed and submitted to award shows and what not. Plenty of stuff to do in the mean time also. I am also working with some artists for a future collaboration project but that’s still too early in the works.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

OFFICIAL CHUMZ: In my marvelous house, having a coffee and breakfast reading my stock and investment portfolio, smiling as my family enjoys the fruits of my labor. I’m hoping I am very involved in business, but also heavily involved in music or music programs. creating outlets for kids who need it is definitely a priority. but I mostly see myself with my family and enjoying our lives together. seeing my boy grow, my ambitious wife flourish and my family all getting what they deserve. Its coming too, I have to see it through.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

OFFICIAL CHUMZ: I am hoping by now you can Google Chumz or CEO and you can find me but just on case I have an email 780ceo@gmail.com where I want to start connecting with people interested in my music or even just how I’m doing. Facebook is a tool I use a lot for connecting with fans and supporters my name is Chumz Biss on there. My SPAM twitter I call it, is @OfficialChumz and that is where I post music, shows, and anything
related to my music. There’s also reverbnation profiles and soundcloud profiles but at this point I will only use what I want to and right now those three mentioned will work best. With that peace, love, respect, and power.

 

 

 

 

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36 COMMENTS

  1. This guy, I’ve always known since I’ve met him, he was gonna do big things. Always with the right words. The reason he’s gonna do it big, cause he dreams big. He’s a wonder of the world. Straight up!!

  2. I got to check out CEO at his album release party. There was a lot of love in the building and dude always pays respect with respect.

  3. C.E.O all I can say is you have music that goes on replay.. when I was having a bad time in life you and your music helped me cope with everything.. iv been supporting your music for years and will keep supporting your music.. respect bro.. you have big dreams and you inspire a LOT of people..

  4. ceo (chumz) is a hardworking enthusiastic artist/producer/writer he has amition for days. I personally have recognized his hard work and positive attitude towards life and his music, which im sure his portrayal of life is music, therefore i strongly support his methods of creating music that will not only inspire others but will encourage young aboriginal youth to intiate careers in this fast evolving music society. I feel he has a huge impact on the influence of our youth which he can educate and motivate these youth that could potentially benefit their future of becoming apart of the music industry as professionals. I feel he is a great role model for the aboriginal youth and i stongly support his movement

  5. I have lots of respect for CEO. He’s down to earth but at the same time out of this world. Keep making moves and bettering yourself CEO !!! Your doing big things (:

  6. I support my brother,my native in his journey through music. It’s been a blessing to watch him grow not only as an artist but as a human being. We need more natives like this Kat being a inspiration for all of us.

  7. Great article, proud of the work your doing and that u keep chasing your dream… your determination and tenacity is admirable. Keep up the great work bro, proud of u and all that your accomplishing

  8. Jonah. CEO (chumz) keep on doing your thang bro I’m proud of you. You have mad talent and came from the rez. Big ups to Chumz. Went from free strilin to straight wildin.
    Keep up the good work and many more accomplishments to come.
    Great article by the way.

  9. Mad love for home ‘boy ‘ proud to be a friend of C.E.O watching you do your music and grow with the underground music is inspirational. I’m with you a hundred percent my home slice . Keep banging this music . Couse I love it . One love ……

  10. Keep it up chumz you got my support and always will it was a pleasure working on a project with you hopefully we can do more in the near future. Great article/interview hard work pays off brother. #theantihero

  11. I have been listening to different variety of music most of my life and One type of music that caught my eye and have favorable interest is native american Hip Hop. My favorites are NDN CEO, Drezus, Tommy der, and Witko. Reasons to that is cuz their same beats and rhythms to mainstream music and with their native back ground brings out. NDN CEO has my interest deeply because his voice has this unique flavor that gets my attention and keeps me there till the song is done. And when the song is over with I want to listen to the song again. I really like his new single that came out. I can never stop listening to his music. It’s always new and upbringing with a new flavor and style in the song. I see him going all the way in the industry.

  12. This brother is at a ton of the community events I attend repping his culture and his craft, and always killing it on the musical tip. Big up to the CEO!! Keep it crackin man, you make the circle strong!!

  13. (Chumz ) is just absolutely amazing and so very talented with many gifts keep it up brother mad love for you..I will always support you and your many talents..you truly are a blessed with all your talent

  14. this brother is amazing at his craft. Best rapper grinding for sure originality,concepts,rhymes,image and attitude.
    Been a fan since I heard em and still a fan while he gets it!

    #salute CEO all day

  15. CEO is a beast! I’ve seen this dude perform time and time again and every show is hype. This dude sets the bar for a lot of artists. So if you get the chance to watch the homie, you do not want to miss out. “I’m looking good #heaux”

  16. Chumz your a big inspiration to me!
    Your music shows quality, ambition, and values for the Person you are today!
    You deserve the best for the hardships you went through.
    Your straight up the kind of music producer that has respect and priorities.
    Keep it Chumz @ C.E.O records

  17. Been down since the beginning(since diapers lol), truly inspiring to see my brother do the things he has. Like I said from the gravel roads of Paha Shna to the city lights he’s making his mark. Only gets better and better, proud of u bro keep it going don’t stop until u see the stars, take a sip of water and then keep it moving even further haha

  18. Chumz tha CEO! Dope article and I hope nothing but the best for you fam! One of the most genuine and good spirited people I’ve met in a minute. Holding it down for our people and creating a path for our youth, he speaks the loudest with his actions. Much love brother, & keep it moving! I see nothing but great things in your future too!

  19. Wow bro. Look at you on blogs and shit getting all this dope feedback. I’ve supported your music since the beginning, seen all your closet studios and personal edits, watched you grow into the MC/Artist you are today. Keep inspiring people my bro
    Sincerely, a fan for liiiife
    A3-Stressed Street

  20. I always knew you would take your talent one step further. I remember when you were just a little boy and you’d say “I wanna be a singer when I grow up”, you were 5. Over the years you have cultivated your own music and your talent speaks for itself. I’ve always been your number one fan and I’m proud of you. Grateful to have you in my life as family. Love you chumzy keep up the good work. CEO ♡.

  21. Im so happy to see him getting noticed in the music industry. He works so hard and his music is great! 10/10 would recommend

  22. I’ve know Chumz my whole life and always knew he would do something of importance when he was older. I’ve watched him perform and involve himself with the youth. Spends time with his family and friends.
    He’s just one of those individuals that if you tell him he can’t do it he just works harder to prove you wrong. I know he will do some great things, and I support him in all his future endeavours. Keep doing you Chumz. The world is waiting for you!

  23. CEO is a poetic artist representing the musical genre and lives of the modern contemporary cultural Indigenous person. His unique sound sets him apart in the industry, what you hear on his track is what you can expect in his performance. It’s always for the people, the fan and for the respect of positive self expression. Ishnish Ade Waka Washte #KeepBeingCEO #Iloveit #antihero #lookingood

  24. This young man rocks a mic with purpose and exhibits the values that have long been instilled our people for generations! Keep it up!

  25. CEO.. my brotha what can i sayy.. very talented individual when we met we became insta bros, cliqued right away and it was probably because both have a huge passion for music. CEO is known for his witty writing/spittin’ skills and hooking up local artists around him with exposure through shows and features. this INDUSTRY! better watch out for CEO he’s a very smart man when it comes to music and knows how to network. look out hip hop because HE’LL TAKE THIS GAME BY STORM!!!!

  26. Wow Chumz! Loved reading this article! So great to see you doing good things. You’re a special kind of person and I know you will take your music career all the way and then some! Happy to call you a brother. Keep on keepin on. Much love.

  27. C.E.O
    Creative.Elevated.Original
    Hard work and determination has got you here. Never giving up, a solid foundation of people that support you, and self-mastery are blocks you build off of. You have raw talent that is processed into a refined vision of where you want yourself to be. I’m so proud of you <3

  28. CEO doin it big! Proud of you brotha! Keep moving and remember.. Your only limitation is your capacity to preform. Head up eyes forward!

  29. The first time I met “Chumz”was at Shawn B’s video shoot back in 2013. I had noticed at that time He was supportive of his musical peers and kept an influential composure. Being humbled by his motivation to express himself lyrically and spiritually he had developed a knack to do what he had to and that was to make songs with meaning and from the heart. I downloaded the last track he released CEO The Anti-Hero, actually my oldest was Son diggin his tunes. As for me, any local artist such as this guy know that I support our local people knowing that is where the real music is at when it comes to getting your Jam On! Propz to you Chumz and keep doing what your doing! #madsupport #digginthetrack

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