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Local rapper is surprising underground music scene

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Later this evening, rapper The Game is bringing his talents here to Billings. He is performing at the Shrine Sunday night. Opening up for him is a Magic City artist who's taking the underground music scene by storm.

 Cheslon Michael, or many know him as his rap name Chez. He's been making music since he was 11-years old. As of this past year, he's surely being heard as his career is really taking off.

"I've be known here in Billings for awhile, but I've kind of broken out in just the Billings market now," Chez said.

Since the beginning of the year, he's been opening for some big names. Bone Thugs N Harmony, Baby Bash and now The Game just to name a few. But Chez left quite an impression on the iconic hip-hop group, Bone Thugs N Harmony.

"I have Layzie Bone from Bone Thugs N Harmony on my album," he said.

When Chez opened up for the "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" artists, when they were in the Magic City, he spit a verse for them right then and there.

"I said I have one more dream, I was like one more check-off of the bucket list. I was like it would be to impress a legend, to be able to rap for you or basically showcase my skills to you and get your feedback. He kind of looked at me and was like alright, let's see what you got, and then I rapped for him and he was just blown away, all of them," Chez said.

How Chez separates himself from other rappers:

"I think that hip-hop has gotten to a point where the content is repetitive. It's really hard to find new topics to talk about, even though you maybe talking about something else, the topic has to be unique," he said.

And that's what he does by having songs like "Google Maps and  "Netflix and Chill," all catch phrases and relatable. Chez says he can be comical,  philosophical or vulnerable in his lyrics.

"I wrote a song, a song god hears its all about Ismaela. The first verse is about how I felt about it and how I viewed it. The second verse is about how her mom and how she viewed it and then the third verse was actually a letter to Ismaela that I wrote, that I kind of just turned into a song," Chez said.

You can listen to Chez's new album, Kings and Queen with features from Layzie Bone, now on Soundcloud. October 7th, Chez will be in Bozeman opening up for rapper, Kirko Bangz.

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