Rapper/Poet/Songwriter C.H.I (Creative, Humble, Intellectual)  is hitting the music scene hard and fast.  Known for his lyrical delivery, versatility, and dynamic stage presence, C.H.I. is here to stay.   C.H.I.  pours his heart and soul into each song and continues to show growth as an artist, businessman, and most importantly, a man.

IAA:  What is your music background?

C.H.I:  My main focuses with music are songwriting and performing. I have taken courses on classical music and popular music, so that has given me a more widespread knowledge of music.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

C.H.I:  I love being able to express myself through the art of rhythm and poetry and also rhythm and blues.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

C.H.I:  I consider myself a versatile artist. My music focuses on inspiring people. I want to create a balance between partying and becoming successful.  My music is about concepts within relationships such as sex, love, and heart break.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

C.H.I:  My fan base consists of teenagers and young adults. I direct my music towards people who can relate to many different aspects of life

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

C.H.I:  My top 3 musical influences are Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Tupac. I like Kanye because of his determination and drive. His music is also very unique, which I love. I like Jay-Z because of his lyricism. His tape “Hard Knock Life” is actually the first full tape I can remember listening to. I like Tupac because of his me against the world attitude and his poetic style.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

C.H.I:  I would describe my music as being relatable. You may not relate to every song, but you will know someone who can relate to the songs you don’t.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

C.H.I:  I would say my versatility of being able to talk about many different concepts makes me stand out.

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

C.H.I:  I have three projects in the works. My solo mix-tape “Poetic Thoughts in a Musical Mind vol.3” which includes songs and poems. I’m working on an album with my long time musical partner EJay. The last project I’m working on is a mix-tape with the team I and EJay created called D&V (Diverse & Versatile). The team consists of  rappers YD, D Webb, & Pat Clark and producers SheSmacksHard & Tyler On The Beat, and model Alexis Howes.

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

C.H.I:  I plan to reach the point of winning many Grammy’s. I also plan on having my team I started with on the same level as myself. Lastly, I want to help be the reason for change in the young community. In ten years, I see myself running my label and being able to come back to my high school and having a scholarship fund in my name for the students.

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

C.H.I:  The best place to hear my music is www.youtube.com/chi438 The best way to contact me is on twitter @chisongwriter or facebook at facebook.com/chisongwriter 


  1. Really enjoyed reading this article Chi. Especially since we are both from Peoria. Much love!

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  2. Enjoyed reading the article and getting to know who and how you got into the business. Your music appeals to the older crowd also! I have always enjoyed being able to stay up to date with all the latest music. The best of luck to a very successful career!

  3. Great to see you getting the recognition you deserve. One of the hardest workers out there..always grinding! Be on the look-out for this man, everyone!

  4. Good read. Great friends with Casper, done studio work for him here in Peoria. That’s a dude who knows exactly what he wants and doesn’t think twice before going for it. Get used to the name!

  5. Great to see your hard work paying off and that you wanna give back – that speaks volumes about ya!! Continued success!

  6. Been following for about a year now and to see all of them do things like this only shows that ANYONE can accomplish there dreams. Congrats Casper and to everyone else yall doing big things around here. Im proud to say I’m glad im watching all of D&Vs artist’s grow.

  7. Awesome article. Read this article twice and it speaks volumes of the type of individual C.H.I the artist is and the type of individual Casper Alexander is made up of. When you believe in the man above, your supporters and yourself, anything’s possible. Great to see a good friend having success in the music industry.

  8. This dude has the brightest future of any up and coming artist out there. Dude is a triple threat: Rapper, poet, and producer. Never give up on your dreams bro.

  9. This captures Casper’s personality and drive completely. Great lyricist and a great person! Also glad to finally know what D&V stands for now!

  10. being from around peoria this dude is killing it!!! him an his crew are every where… i found them on facebook heard i few tracks an knew they were the real deal..since then i have seen them live when i can talked to them at clubs before an after shows there all real down to earth cool ass dudes an also bought one of his cds witch i would deff recommend everyone gets…i expect to see him an his crew do big things!!! keep pushing homies you will make it..i wud like to say thanx to you guys for all the hard work an dedication you have put in!!! an i wanna give a shot out to d webb that boy murders the mic too!!!

  11. This guy is very talented he has great potential I’m a fan of C.H.I and D&V movement he is totally the future Keep working hard and never ever give up

  12. Im proud to have known him as a friend before I knew him as an artist. Hes got great talent and has my support.

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  14. Ive known casper since he was a lil shorty lol and im glad to see him doin big things in life…..I jus recently went to my first performance and had a blast and he did a great job!! Hes like a lil brother to me and im so proud of what he has become and cant wait to see him make it big like all the other rappers out there! Keep up the good work bro and keep ya head up!

  15. Congratulation my man, its nice to see people like yourself getting the recognition you deserve. I hope to go back to phhs one day nd see that scholarship being apart of the others at graduation .

  16. ive been bumpin to this dude since i left the 309 . i never had a chance to really get to know him when i was living there but i wish that was different because his music and poems are something that the average person can relate to but they also are a reflection of him as a person and you can hear it in his music that he is truly a sincere gentleman. he doesn’t talk super negative about women. he just keeps it real. im proud of you C.H.I and i know im not the only one :] keep doin you!! youre amazing . keep growing but dont change. i love that i get to watch you on your journey to become a super star <3 you know youre better than what they play on the radio these days. just dont sell out or go down the wrong paths. youve got a lot of eyes on you. youre a role model now boooye :p & i really believe you know how much that means and i think you deserve a lot more credit than youve gotten but, your day will come 😀 i love you fam.! keep cookin up them hitz xD

  17. When people do music…most do it for the wrong reasons. To get rich & famous. Very rarely do you find someone who actually has reasoning behind his music & educational background to help support his music..Congrats CHI on everything.. your truly an inspiration and very entertaining to watch perform!

  18. glad to see him succeeding and doing what he enjoys to do i’ve known him since i was like 14 years old glad to see him doing what he loves to do.

  19. C.H.I has an impeccable stage presence, very strong lyrical content, and a very intellectual style in general. I have never heard anything bad from his guy and i am glad to say i have watched him become a force from a personal stand point.

  20. Driven by his creativity, not by money! CHI is the real deal. Creative, Humble, Intellectual hits the nail on the head in every way. This is only the very beginning my dude!

  21. I met C.H.I. a couple years ago & I’m happy to see him doing what he loves & influencing others to chase their dreams. Did I mention that he is probably the most humble person I’ve met?

  22. Awesome article! I love that he focuses on inspiring people. It just shows that he’s connecting with people before he makes his music rather than becoming attached to materialistic things and connecting with people that way. Keep it up.

  23. Great article ! I can remember his first song. He has progressed so much. Definitely doing big things! Proud supporter ❤

  24. Keep up the work buddy. Making progress! You’ve opened up for a few big artists and now you have an article written about you. That’s what’s up!

  25. Chi, I’m sending the most congrats to you. Its hard to make your dreams come true – but you have stood and kept moving! CONGRATS!!!!! <3

    This is awesome, I'm so happy for you.

  26. Only been listening to you since S.U.M.A. but I could tell right away you had the determination to make it big. XXL Freshman of the Year look out looks like we got ourselves a competitor.

  27. His music is really good. I just never would believe knowing someone close to where I am from that would be famous for music something that he loves to do. You always read about artist making it big and going to New York, California, etc. big places but knowing someone that lives close to where I am from and going big with his dream is amazing!

  28. the one thing i’ve always appreciated about C.H.I. as an artist is that he’s original, and doesn’t swagger jack from anyone. and he’s got bars! props on the originality – Peoria represent! I was born in St. Francis myself

  29. I really enjoyed this article about C.H.I and His Musical aspirations. Knowing his music and all that goes into the industry I’m really sure that this career is just getting off the ground. The music world has yet to hear the best of C.H.I yet by far! In my opinion “The Best Is Yet To Come.” I’m honored to call him my Friend. Many Blessings!!

  30. Wow, its cool to watch you come up Cas. I wonder if people stopped calling you by your name like i hear in the music :p. You got my support, but then you already know

  31. I love C.H.I & I will always be a #1fan & support him & his music !! I’m proud of him !! He’s very talented & very versatile !! Keep dreaming big & it the outcome will be amazing !! Xoxox Dreams do come true !! God bless you ❤❤❤❤❤❤

  32. Wishing you the best in your endeavors! We have all the confidence in you and look forward to watching you exceed the goals you set for yourself! Good luck, you have so much talent! 🙂

  33. CHI and the D&V team are some of the hardest working young artists in the Downstate Area . We have had the pleasure of working with them on multiple occasions , for Festivals and Club gigs both and they are truly professionals . They also have a real good hustle to their craft. Can’t wait to see where these youngsters are in 5 to 10 years at the pace they are grinding ———Fusedwell Promotions Presents

  34. Love your work man love what u do. You know i got ur back on anything bro. Much love for u brother man. Keep that music ish going

  35. He is an awesome artist I have heard a bunch of his songs and he is in one of my classes, he is very nice and intellectual.

  36. C.H.I. and i had the pleasure of working together and not only is he a great rapper and have great talent he also is a very well rounded young man that will go far in this world and it a pleasure knowing him and even though i am an older person i do enjoy his music and am a fan of him and D&V keep up the great work.

  37. C.H.I is an amazing artist and poet in my opinion and I’m glad to see he’s getting to do what he loves because that’s what I want to do. It is very inspirational to see another artist coming from Peoria. #309