Sticking in Louisiana with the latest entry to On Deck, this week I profile New Orleans native Chels. The 19 year old artist, inspired by lyricists Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli and Lupe Fiasco among others, delivers her introspective lyrics with a confidence, reality and awareness that fans agree to seem wise beyond her years.
Chels’ recent work has not gone unnoticed. Her buzz worthy reworking of Kendrick Lamar’s track “Hiiipower” and nominations in two categories in last years’ New Orleans Hip Hop Awards are proof of that. If that wasn’t enough, the words of approval from artists Amanda Seales and the legendary Erykah Badu only solidify the feeling that Chels will be a familiar voice to many in 2012 and beyond.
Check out the single “The Lesson” featuring Ace Boogie from her upcoming project “True School For The Moon Children”, which will be released 1/31. For more music and info on Chels, click here.