Chane: Rapper's Late Father Was Partner, Mentor, "Maestro"

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This is our weekly Artist of the Week spotlight, and a continuation of an interview with rapper Chane that was started yesterday in the weekly Ask A Rapper column.

Rocks Off: Were you ever of the brain that people might see the video as exploitative? For the record, we didn't feel that way when we watched it. But it's something that, if it got a ton of views, people would eventually accuse you of.

Chane: When I recorded it, I never had the intentions of using it for anything. I did that on my phone. I really just wanted to capture my pop breathing because I knew the time was coming when he wouldn't be any more.

I wrote the record, shot the video, and when I was going through the editing a voice just told me that it could be even more touching if I put that clip in the beginning. The last thing on my mind was if people would accuse me of being exploitative. It still is, honestly. My apologies.

RO: Last we spoke, you mentioned that you almost quit music because of what happened with your father. Did that make making this song more or less difficult? Or did everything just sort of happen without you thinking about it?

C: Yeah, man, that was a really hard time for me. I was falling off on everything. All me and my pop ever did was music. It's a little off topic but, in fact, my pop played a huge role in the early years of the Houston hip-hop scene. All the older hip-hop heads of Houston used to go to my pop, Maestro, at his Samplified Digital Recording Studios.

Ask about him, they all know 'Stro. UGK been there, DJ Screw started there, SPC started there, and a handful of mainstream artists across the country came there to record.

Every time I heard music, it made me revisit the pain of not having him here anymore. So I figured if I just quit rapping, I won't feel that pain anymore [laughs]. Of course, quitting didn't last. I love it too much, and I vowed to him to keep it going as he told me to do when he was in the hospital. So to answer your question, it actually made it easier.

Chane (continued): Once quitting was out of the question, I became... I don't know how to explain it. I guess you can say that I can feel my pop inside of me now and it changed me... for the better. I heard the beat from my man and I couldn't stop playing it. It was like the beat was already singing "feet don't fail me now."

I started thinking about my life, my pop, how I wanted to better myself as a man, husband, and father and really get my career off the ground. I wrote the verses within an hour and the rest is history. I'm here with you on this interview. It's kinda the beginning of a dream come true, honestly.

RO: This feels like one of those instances where the title of a song has a real, actual meaning or purpose behind it. Care to explain that?

C: You gotta understand something: Me and my pop did this music thing together for 17 years. Since I was eight in 1995, he was the engineer/producer and I was the artist. He molded me the same way Joe Jackson molded Michael Jackson, just without the abuse.

We dreamed of tearing down the big stadiums. I dreamed of touching the world with my story. At that point in my life, it was either quit or let it gas me up even more to keep going.

I poured my heart out on "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" for everybody like myself that's been to the bottom and slowly but surely bouncing back. I lost a parent, my best friend and partner. I reached points in my life where I basically changed who I was just to fit in and be accepted.

I've felt I wanted to commit suicide before, I've been caught up with bad vices, I've had bad relationships, I seen people addicted to drugs, etc... Nowadays I'm recovering from it all, better than I've ever been and I'm hoping and praying that my feet don't fail me now. That's the meaning of the record.

Follow Chane on Twitter at @hitupchane and see his YouTube page for more videos.

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