CHUCKIE CAMPBELL is an American recording artist, poet, fiction writer, editor, publisher, and educator. His music has appeared in Billboard Magazine, The Huffington Post, DJBooth, The Source, Young Hollywood, and The Examiner. In the past, he’s won A3C’s “This Is My Year” Contest, and took home All WNY Music Awards for “Best Hip-Hop Artist” and “Best Hip Hop Performer,” ArtVoice Awards for “Best Hip-Hop Artist” and “Best Original Music,” as well as Canalside Buffalo’s Battle of the Bands.
For his stage shows, Campbell performs with a six-piece band for a live approach to hip-hop filled with fluid instrumentation, lush musical arrangements, and heartfelt poetic nuance. Together, the crew has touched 46 states and two countries (Canada and Costa Rica), attended A3C as official artists (the largest hip-hop music conference in the United States), SXSW (the largest music festival of its kind in the world), NXNE (the Canadian equivalent of SXSW, held in Toronto, ON), while sharing stages with hip-hop legends such as Ghostface Killa, Ras Kass, Pharoahe Monch, Pete Rock, EPMD, Elzhi, EnVogue, The Soul Rebels, Black Milk, Blueprint, Chris Rivers, Crooked I, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and more.
Campbell’s most recent work, Shadows Resembling God, carves out indie-rap ruminations alongside dusty drum breaks, bright and resonating keys, as well as lush and melodic guitars, all production courtesy of bay-area rapper/producer, Onewerd. Exploring various interlocking but contradictory themes—such as faith and doubt, adversity and fulfillment, restraint and freedom —underlying tensions build against the layered soundscapes, only to be released in soaring choruses by Dane Ferguson (Built to Fade), Dave Stewy, and Maya by Name. Never truly resolving the tensions it sets out to explore, Shadows Resembling God is at its best when it embraces the contradictions it explores and resists answering questions it poses, interrogating art as a preservation of culture, as an attempt to say the unsayable—every song like a shadow resembling the divine providence in all.
Campbell’s newest project is set to be released in May 2022 by Automatic Records based in New York City. He is currently sponsored by Three Chord Bourbon, and works as a booking agent for Wavelink Agency.
Nas, Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Lupe Fiasco, The Pharcyde, Pharoahe Monch, Dead Prez, Kendrick Lamar, Naughty by Nature, The Roots, J. Cole, Outkast, Mos Def, Talbi Kweli, The Wu Tang Clan, Brother Ali, Black Milk, EPMD, Blackalicious, and more