Chylite is an independent hip-hop artist with an eclectic jazz and funk-infused sound. He made his professional solo recording debut in 2018. However, that first single was just the latest step of a lifelong musical journey.
Born in Chicago, Chylite was inspired by the blues, jazz and soul music of his hometown’s legendary scene. Now based in sunny Southern California, the prolific artist has released a dozen singles, two EPs and two full-length albums. He has connected with hip-hop fans around the world and collaborated with a host of international artists.
“Down For The Evening” (stylized as D4TE) is the current single and video from Chylite’s VS3 EP, available worldwide via all major streaming services. Chill electric piano vibes and ethereal vocals introduce the tune. Chylite steps to the mic and the beat drops on an organic old-school funk. The rapper delivers a sexy freestyle slow jam in his distinctly cool, chopping rhythmic flow.
Check out the “D4TE” video below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Beat playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. We had the chance to chat with Chylite about his music. Check out his answers to our 8 questions. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the artist.
8 Questions with Chylite
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Born to the Southside, lived everywhere but the West Side, did the little suburban hop, Des Plaines, Aurora, Naperville. So Chicagoland in general.
How long have you been making music?
I started writing lyrics around 12 years old, recorded my first song around 16, but have been doing it “professionally” for about 10 years.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
Scottie Flames produced the beat for the song. He gotta be one of the most underrated in the game. Mark W. was and still is my studio engineer, he also mixed and mastered the track. that man has an ear comparable to none. He just hears things differently. Because he’s an artist himself, it makes it almost infinitely easier for me. I don’t have to say a lot. He knows what my intention is with most things.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Jay-Z is my all time favorite. but I’ve been influenced by a lot more people you probably haven’t heard of. Sean Price, Vakill, Verbal Kent. The mainstream stuff has its greats too, but when artists haven’t seen the spotlight yet, then they just do art differently. It’s a music business so I get it, but take Drake for example. I liked him a whole lot more before he blew up.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
All encompassing? Probably my mother Veronica. She’s the hardest working person I’ve ever met. The way she dedicates herself to whatever it is she believes is important is just an inspiration to me.
What inspired you to create this project?
At the root of it, I suppose you could say it’s some sucker activities. Those in the know, know exactly what I mean. I’m cool with shorty doing whatever we do tonight, but will I see you after tonight is the main question.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
Making music has never been a problem for me. The world inspires me greatly so writer’s block only lasts for hours or days IF that. I just need to perfect the art of marketing. We are in a era where you can put the entire operation of being a artist at your fingertips. But a jack of all trades is a master of none. Aside from figuring that out, I’m currently working on a project called “The Death Of Cupid”. Which is technically filler. “Red Lite” was my next planned project, but in the middle of making that I had inspiration to do something else, so I did. I like that about being in control of my musical destiny.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Remember my engineer Mark W. and how I said he was an artist? We have 3 joint projects out. “Lite W.in” “Born In Hate” and most recently “Meal Prep” Those are streaming on all DSPs. Honestly some of the best work I’ve ever done. Mark W. has a way of bringing the best outta me. No cap.