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Interview: Cham
Friday, August 11, 2006
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T: Talk about some of the big songs you've had in Jamaica, the Caribbean.
C: Everyone of my songs (laughs), just kiddin'. Joyride, Many Many, Kay Sera, Bumper Cart, Showtime, Boom, Can I Get A..., Tables Turn featuring Foxy Brown, Vitamin S, Man and Man, Babylon Boy, Ghetto Story, we have so much songs.

T: When Vitamin S dropped it had quite a bit of buzz. How come Atlantic didn't put out your album then?
C: 'Cause at the time I didn't have an album. When Vitamin S went like #56 on the Billboard chart that's when Atlantic stepped to us. We were just doin' work on our own. When they stepped to us and offered us a deal, after we signed the deal we didn't have an album. So, people were expecting an album but we didn't have the album ready. Instead of going in the studio and rush fifteen songs, that's not me. I'd rather go into the studio and take two years, and deliver the album how I want to deliver the album. So, we stayed in the studio until we decided that the album was ready and then we turned in the album. And since we turned it in it's been nothing but just a good vibe.

T: What's the biggest riddim in Jamaica right now?
C: I think it's 85, that's the same riddim that Ghetto Story is on.

T: Ghetto story is not only getting a lot of love from Jamaica but a lot of love from the Hip-Hop community too.
C: I give thanks so much to all the fans out there that's supporting Ghetto Story. We have been performing like four shows per week, and most of the shows is 50% like Jamaicans and 50% like Americans or mix. That's nothing but good for both me and the music, which is dancehall. I'm just happy that everyone's embracing it and they're feeling it. I tried to figure out why they're feeling it so much instead of songs before, and most people that come up to us on the street, they're feling the pain through the music. No matter where you're from, every ghetto is the same. We might use different term or might speak in different dialogue but every ghetto is the same. You face the same things everyday. So, I feel like that's why they relate to this song so much.

T: How come you dropped the Baby off the Baby Cham?
C: For the female fans, when the female fans see me in the streets they call me Baby Cham. But for rude bwoys it's just Cham. Basically, it's because of the growing, just the maturity, the maturity of the music, the maturity of me. There's nothing baby about me anymore. But we still own the name Baby Cham. We had some problems with it like when we were releasing Vitamin S two years ago. That's when Atlantic decided to go with Cham. But now we own the name, so we could have used Baby Cham on this record. But me and Dave Kelly discussed it for a minute and we decided we were just going to go with Cham.

T: What the biggest sound system in Jamaica right now?
C: I would say one of the hottest sound systems now is Copper Shot, Fire Linx, he's an individual but the name of his sound system is Fire Squad. You have Swatch International...most of like the sounds that are really firing now are the young sounds. The older sounds they tend to get complacent and that's how Jamaica is. Every year you have this new sound that come out of nowhere and just lock the island.

T: What's the next single?
C: The single is entitled Rude Bwoy Pledge. I garauntee you'll love the next single. If you love music, you'll love the next single. Ghetto Story is nothing in comparison to the next single. And I'm not gassin' you either.




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