That was the request that Chill Moody posed to his parents after he graduated from Millersville University in May of 2009.
“I told my parents, ‘Look, give me a year to follow my dreams and if it doesn’t work, I do have this degree to fall back on,’” he explains.
Although thankful for the investment that they’d already made in his life, he was asking them to take a gamble and bet on his passion for hip-hop music and his knack for making good music. They conceded and watched as their son did exactly what he said he would do. On January 2nd, 2010, Chill Moody hit mainstream radio via Hot 107.9 FM in Philadelphia; his family happened to be gathered over his cousin’s house when the record played. What he originally thought would require a year ended up being more like eight months.
“Since then it’s been a snowball effect. Now I’m being interviewed by EBONY [laughs], so shit kind of worked out,” he quips during our interview.
The snowball effect is perhaps the most fitting way to describe his journey. Chill has continued to set the bar high and exceed expectations every time, ultimately growing his reach and momentum. His “resume” is lengthy, to say the least:
He’s performed twice at the The Roots annual picnic in Philadelphia once receiving praise from Billboard.com as the “show stealing” performance; he’s had four videos premiere on MTV Networks within one year; he was nominated for an MTV “O Music Award” (for online music) which garnered him a performance at the awards show in New York’s Times Square; he’s made history by being the first hip-hop artist to have a concert in Philadelphia’s City Hall courtyard; produced multiple albums, including an album that debuted in the top 100 on iTunes hip-hop chart; he’s been hailed as one of the top 10 upcoming artist by Complex Magazine (Complex.com); and he’s been featured online by The Source andXXL.
And that’s the abbreviated version.
With a goal of becoming a household name, Chill has expanded his empire to include artist management as well as his own line of apparel, Cerebellum water, and watches. He’s also preparing to go on his first tour this year alongside fellow upcoming artist Aaron Camper.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this all is that he’s accomplished every feat as an independent artist.
EBONY.com caught up with Chill days after his performance at this year’s Roots Picnic to see how he turned his parents’ gamble and his dream into cold hard winnings and a new reality.
– Sincerely Syreeta
Photo Credit: Ricky Codio