Band of the Day

2012.10.26

Chancellor Warhol

Pop art meets electrified hip hop, courtesy of this Nashville-based artist
So tell me what to do, and tell me what to say, 'cause I forgot my wings today.
lyrics from Wings

"I am the thread that accents, not the fabric that overwhelms.” Once in a while, true artistry comes along and the world takes notice. Chancellor Warhol is such an artist. Born Antonio Dewayne Boleyjack in Nashville, TN, Chancellor Warhol grew up engulfed in the diverse Nashville sound that shapes his very own music today. Combined with the natural love for fashion and design, he is an artist making his creative mark on the world.

Channeling an electro-rap style that is uniquely his own, Warhol released his first solo album, Japanese Lunchbox in 2010 (Voted Best Rap Album of 2010 by the Nashville Scene). His unconventional sound has earned him a place on stage at 2011's Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Atlanta’s A3C and headlining Next Big Nashville’s Soundland music festival. Warhol has also supported a long list of artists, including Questlove, Kid Cudi, G-Side, Wallpaper, and Yelawolf. His music has been featured on several indie films as well as HBO, ABC, MTV, Fuel TV and the GenArt Film Festival’s award winning film, Saeng-il (Birthday).

A dictator of his own art, Chancellor Warhol continues to redefine music genres and produce a matchless sound in his sophomore album, The Silver Factory (which was released September 13th). In 2012, Warhol will be performing at SXSW, Rites of Spring, Starry Nights, Schaeffer Crawfish Boil, and Lollapalooza; and was also selected to be part of the Google Music Magnified Artist program that launched with a performance at the Sundance Film Festival.

If Nashville, Tennessee-bred hip hop artist Chancellor Warhol was actually the head of government, we can imagine a society that would have laws like making it mandatory to study the music of The Velvet Underground; for every citizen to attend at least one concert a year; or to spend thirty minutes a day painting. There would be town hall debates about the merits of The Beatles versus The Rolling Stones. Unfortunately this is all a fictional utopia in this writer’s head, but what’s not fictional is the exciting, electrified hip hop of Mr. Warhol, whose real name is Antonio Dewayne Boleyjack. An artist through and through, much like his hero Andy Warhol, Boleyjack gets his creative kicks through fashion and design, in addition to music.

In 2010 he released his first solo album, entitled Japanese Lunchbox: A Love Story. A diverse debut, it combines electro hooks with clever, pop culture-heavy rhymes (for example, the song “Emma Frost” takes its title from the X-Men comic book character.) Just one year later, he followed up the debut with the release of his sophomore album, The Silver Factory. Lyrically, it’s also very much influenced by different eras of pop culture. There’s “Elvis”, for everyone’s favorite hip-swingin’, peanut butter and banana sandwich-eatin’ crooner; “On the Moon (feat. Particle Peeple)”, which name checks both Buzz Aldrin and the movie Space Jam. “Rocketship” actually features an audio sample from the first moon landing, and also gives a nod to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” with the cleverly-worded line, “life is a journey/so don’t stop believing.”

Alongside Chancellor Warhol’s pop culture-savvy, he’s not afraid to explore outside of hip hop and electro roots. The song “Kings & Queens” features a band called Nite Nite, also from Nashville, who are known for their female-fronted, new wave-inspired sounds. It’s a commentary on the financial crisis in the United States, with lines like, “tell me how I’m supposed to dream/surrounded by this poverty.” On “Crystal Clear”, Chancellor Warhol simply states, “clap if you want to/dance if you want to.” With the genre-hopping beats he’s created on both albums, we definitely want to.