Interview: Chevy Woods Puts On For His City With '48 Hunnid Project'
Pittsburgh’s own Chevy Woods doesn’t carry the nickname “Cheffy” for nothing. The self-proclaimed foodie can not only throw down in the kitchen but knows what good food tastes like. At his album release BBQ at Community 54 in NYC (Aug. 18), hosted by renowned hip-hop scribe, Rob Markman, was a delicious set up with grilled chicken club sandwiches, hamburgers, and hot dogs all topped with the delicious 4800 sauce, whipped up by The Hood Chef. Whenever he took a break from presenting his new EP, The 48 Hunnid Project, he traveled through the crowd of music heads and stoners alike to man the grill.
Formerly known as Kev Tha Hustla, Chevy is a Taylor Gang OG as one of Wiz Khalifa's first artists and featured on many of his hits such as "Taylor Gang." He first garnered his own following ever since his debut 2008 tape, The Corner’s Correspondent but a Twitter hack soon christened him Chevy Woods.
“My Twitter got hacked and I couldn’t get back [into it]. I didn’t know the password. So I was just like, 'Yo, I’m going to change my name, but I’m gonna ask the fans first so I ended up using Wiz’s Twitter to ask the fans! And then they start going crazy for it and I made a new Twitter. It was only hacked at 2,500 [followers] though so it was cool,” he recalled.
Like the bulk of his catalog, The 48 Hunnid Project showcases not just who he is as an artist, but his life story. Growing up on the 4800 block of Pittsburgh, where most of his family still resides, Chevy used his new project to capture the spirt of his neighborhood. The seven-track EP also features Wiz Khalifa, OG Maco, Rico Love, PJ and Post Malone, as well as a standout collaboration with Dej Loaf on the single "All Said And Done."
The rapper recently rolled through VIBE HQ to talk about his EP, collaborations, favorite dishes to serve and growing up on 4800 in the 'Burgh.—Mark Braboy (@DRD_Poetry17)
VIBE: Why should people check for The 48 Hunnid Project?
Chevy Woods: We’ve been working on it for a long time. It’s my first commercial project so it’s just been me, trying to find myself as an artist, going through the ups and downs of that, and me being on tour, not having to just straight record when I felt like it. When I got off of tour, it just felt like it was time for me to go to a different platform in selling music, but I didn’t want to try to sell it without giving the people something [beforehand] so I put out a little tape called SXSW I Love Texas and [then] the Gangland 3 [mixtape]. I recorded like 100 songs before I went on tour with Kevin Gates. And then, once I got off tour, I’m like, 'Alright, cool. I got the songs,' but none of the songs fit the bill for me. So I recorded all that, got off tour and made the EP after that because I was in that feeling. I didn’t want to go back and get that feeling that I got from 100 songs and remake those moments so I just started fresh.
What made you decide to turn this into an EP rather than an LP?
For me, it was kind of like the way to go. I personally just thought that I could have put out an album if I wanted to because we had enough music to do it, but just to put together an EP before an LP seems like the way to go for me.
Do you plan on putting out an album eventually?
Yeah, top of  like March, maybe April. I’ma just probably lock it because recording an album is totally different. So I’ma just lock in certain places, maybe Atlanta for a week, go to L.A. for a week, a couple of places just to catch the vibe and record the music so I’ll have the album feel from how I’m feeling about my music now.
How much input did you get from Wiz Khalifa while making this project?
A lot! That’s the reason why it’s called The 48 Hunnid Project and not The 48 Hunnid EP. Wiz was like, “Everybody does that. Let’s just do something different." Personally, I wasn’t going to put him on the EP because I was just trying to step away from everybody saying, 'You ain’t gon' be this. Wiz is this and that.' I was just tryna step away from that and not have him be a part of it at all but just be the executive producer on it. But we was in the studio and I start recording the last song, “Looking Back,” and the first time we ever met, we made a song called “Me.” It only made sense for me to make the song “Looking Back” and have us look back on what we did to get here.