Chamillionaire in July 2008
|Birth name||Hakeem Seriki|
|Born||November 28, 1979|
|Origin||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Genres||Southern Rap/Hip Hop|
|Occupations||Rapper, actor, record producer|
|Associated acts||Color Changin Click, Paul Wall, Michael "5000" Watts, Krayzie Bone|
Hakeem Seriki (born November 28, 1979), better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire was also the founder and an original member of The Color Changin' Click until the group split in 2005. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Chamillionaire has an estimated net worth of $15,000,000.
He began his career independently with local releases in 2002, including collaboration album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper and childhood friend Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. It included hit singles "Turn It Up" featuring Lil' Flip and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit "Ridin'" featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Ultimate Victory followed in 2007, which was notable for not containing any profanity. The first single Chamillionaire released for this album was Hip Hop Police, this featured Grammy-nominated British- American rapper; Slick Rick.
In early 2011, he left his Universal Records, which would lead to his would-be third album, Venom, to go unreleased. Chamillionaire released his first independent extended play; Ammunition in March 2012 and was noted as his first major release since he left the label. Chamillionaire announced that he is working on another EP, titled Elevate, this was released on 17 February, 2013. He said it is going to be one of several to be released before his third studio album; Poison.
Seriki's stage name Chamillionaire is a portmanteau of "chameleon" and "millionaire" While promoting at an event, Seriki and fellow rapper Paul Wall met Michael "5000" Watts, a popular mixtape DJ from northern Houston. After proposing to do promotions for Watts's company Swishahouse, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall came to Watts's studio and convinced Watts to allow them to freestyle on an intro to Watts's radio show on Houston hip-hop radio station KBXX-FM. Watts, who himself was convinced to rap on the record, enjoyed the freestyle so much that he put the verses on one of his mixtapes. Soon, Seriki (performing as Chamillionaire) and Paul Wall became regular staples on Houston's mixtape circuit, appeared on several of Watts's mixtapes, and became permanent members of Swishahouse. Chamillionaire and Paul Wall soon started their own group, The Color Changin' Click. In 2002, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall collaborated for the album Get Ya Mind Correct, which went on to sell over 150,000 copies. The Source magazine nominated the album for independent album of the year in 2002. Chamillionaire and the Color Changin' Click, dubbed "Houston's answer to 50 Cent and his G-Unit posse", performed at the SXSW music festival in 2004.
2005-2006: The Sound of Revenge
Chamillionaire's first major solo release The Sound of Revenge was released through Chamillitary Entertainment and Universal Records on November 22, 2005. The album debuted and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States. The album's lead single was "Turn It Up", featuring Lil' Flip produced by Scott Storch, followed by "Ridin'", featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony produced by Play-N-Skillz; "Ridin'" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Its video also was named "Best Rap Video" at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2007, he won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Ridin'". He was at that time signed with Michael 5000 Watts' Swishahouse label. Comedic performer "Weird Al" Yankovic made a parody of the song entitled "White & Nerdy", for his own album Straight Outta Lynwood. The third single from the album was "Grown and Sexy".
Additionally, the bonus track "Grind Time" was featured in the video game NBA Live 06. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA, and a chopped and screwed version, screwed by OG Ron C, was released in February 2006. Guest appearances for the album included Lil' Flip, Natalie, Krayzie Bone, Bun B, Lil Wayne, Pastor Troy, Killer Mike, Scarface, singer Billy Cook, and his brother Rasaq.
2007–2008: Ultimate Victory
To promote his new album, Chamillionaire released Mixtape Messiah 3 as a prelude to his new album on July 18, 2007 at 11pm Eastern Time on his website. Chamillionaire released his second mainstream album Ultimate Victory on September 18, 2007. Ultimate Victory was made without a single profanity said by Chamillionaire. Guest appearances included UGK, Krayzie Bone, Lil Wayne, Famous (Lil Ken), Tony Henry, Devin the Dude and Lloyd. The first single was "Hip Hop Police", featuring Slick Rick, which both Chamillionaire and Slick Rick performed on the CBS television network program Late Show with David Letterman on September 14, 2007. The following single is "The Evening News."
2008–2010: Final Mixtape Messiah, Venom, and Major Pain
In November 2008, Chamillionaire announced his plans for his third album, Venom, for release in early 2009. His sixth installment in the Mixtape Messiah series was to be a "prelude" to Venom. The first single from Venom was initially planned to be "Creepin' (Solo)", which featured Ludacris and ended up reaching #1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. However, it is unclear whether or not the song will be included on Venom after Chamillionaire canceled and then reinstated the album. He announced that Mixtape Messiah 7 would be the final installment of the "Mixtape Messiah" series and that he cancelled Venom to create different material for his third album. Chamillionaire awarded his final Mixtape Messiah 7 to 100 winners of a contest which he ran on his website. The first disc from Mixtape Messiah 7 was launched for free download on Aug 4, 2009 just after 11:30 pm EST, while Disc 2 was released on August 6, 2009 just after 2:00 am EST. The next day the next Disc 3 & 4 dropped making it a 66 track compilation.
On September 29, it was officially announced that Chamillionaire's third album would indeed be entitled Venom after a fan vote on his Web site. The first single from this upcoming album is titled "Good Morning". The album was scheduled to be released on June 22, 2010.
Chamillionaire appeared on the remix for Weezer's song "Can't Stop Partying", from their album Raditude. He also joined Weezer for live performances as Lil Wayne, who is featured on the original version of the track, was convicted on gun possession charges and was unable to perform.
On December 11, 2009, Chamillionaire performed a set for "Fort Hood Community Strong", an event described as a day of "healing, fun and entertainment" for those placed at the Fort Hood military base who were affected by the shooting that took place on November 5, 2009, killing 13 people. Other performers at the event included Nick Jonas, Dana Carvey and Zac Brown Band.
On December 23, 2009, Chamillionaire announced via his YouTube page that he would be initiating a new mixtape series entitled "Major Pain" through his website by dropping a disc entitled Major Pain on February 2, 2010. Due to the 2010 NBA All-Star Game taking place in Dallas, Texas, Chamillionaire released a new song, "The Main Event", on February 11, 2010 via free download. It features fellow Texas rappers Paul Wall, Slim Thug & Dorrough. "Every artist on the song with me has independent hustle and strength in the streets," he said. "It's an All-Star song, so what better place to shoot the video than All-Star Weekend, right here in our own backyard." It was later released to iTunes on June 8, 2010.
On Chamillionaire's official website, he stated "Right now the Venom album is set for March 16 and has been pushed back just like Lil Wayne's Rebirth, Game's Red album, and countless other hip hop albums that this happens to." The date was later pushed back to June 22, but was not released that day. Venom has been confirmed as cancelled as Chamillionaire has parted ways with Universal.
2011-2012: Departure from Universal Records and Playlist Poison
According to Kanye West's engineer and producer Andrew Dawson, Chamillionaire and Universal Records have parted ways. “I’ve been working a lot with Chamillionaire, because I produced some tracks for him. He got out of his deal with Universal [Records], which wasn’t a good situation for either of them,” revealed Dawson. “Him and I have an active producer agreement that is now null and void because they got caught in the legal shuffle, but I’m like, ‘I just want the music to come out. Let’s find a way to make it happen.’ I was emailing him stuff back and forth when I was [with Kanye West] in Hawaii. Some big stuff will be coming out this next year, so I’m stoked to see it going.” Chamillionaire also tweeted that he’ll be doing a Ustream session on January 14 to discuss his future plans.
During his live UStream on January 14, 2011, Chamillionaire announced he was officially leaving Universal Records. As part of this deal he is not allowed to release Venom or any material recorded during that time. He is currently working on a new series called Playlist Poison and will release tracks on a random basis. The first Playlist Poison song released was "When Ya On" which featured Nipsey Hussle and was followed by "This My World" featuring Big K.R.I.T., "Charlie Sheen" featuring Rock D & Killer Mike, and "Passenger Seat" featuring Short Dawg. On April 18, he released the next installment in his Major Pain mixtape series, Major Pain 1.5 for free download from his website, and subsequently released 3 other mixtapes entitled Badazz Freemixes, Badazz Freemixes 2 and Badazz Slowmixes. Chamillionaire's 8 Song EP titled Ammunition was released for digital download on Tuesday March 20, 2012 and all physical bundles will be released on Tuesday March 27, 2012. He will be releasing his third studio album complete with unheard material in 2013. The album will be titled Poison and will feature a music video for every track on the album. Also, he has been seen with Krizz Kaliko's, of Strange Music, 'Kickin and Screamin' album on the track 'Mayday' featuring himself and Rittz. Chamillionaire was featured on Saigon's 2012 album; The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread and Circuses on the single "Keep Pushing".
2012-present: EPs and finalizing Poison
On the December 4, 2012, Chamillionaire released Show Love to iTunes and it features D.A. of Chester French. This was the first and only music video he had released of 2012, despite being in the music video on the song "No Room in Hell" for the upcoming video game; Dead Island: Riptide.
On January 17, 2013, Chamillionaire announced he had been working on a new extended play. The EP, titled Elevate, was released on February 12, 2013. Elevate includes 7 songs and featured no artists. He also stated that this EP will be one of many he will release in promotion of his Poison album. Chamillionaire announced that despite leaving Universal, Poison is likely to be released through a major label, unlike the various promotional EPs. On July 23, 2013 Chamillionaire is set to release the third EP in promotion of Poison with Reignfall.
In addition to being a musician, Chamillionaire has established himself as an entrepreneur. In 2003, he ventured into investing in a Houston based auto dealer; Fly Rydes, specializing in customizing cars. Chamillionaire’s partner, Big Ernest, created the company years back, and Chamillionaire decided to collaborate with him to get “corporate money” for the business and build its clientele. Chamillionaire has since let Ernest take over the whole company, due to his career. He says; “Out here in Texas, that car thing is big. We’ll do videos and rent all kinds of cars and people will waste all kinds of money on them, and instead, they can come spend that money with me.”
Chamillionaire has his own record label; Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire created the label after he had left his previous record labels; Swishahouse and Paid In Full Entertainment as he was unsigned. It was distributed by Universal Records but has been independent since January 15, 2011. This is because Chamillionaire and the label parted ways.
Masterpiece Mind Frame
Chamillionaire opened up a modeling company, called Masterpiece Mind Frame. He believes it is his way of giving back to those who have things to offer, he says, but don’t know how to get there.
“I’ll go out and see people and everybody wants to make money, and I’ll meet video girls who wanna live the good life and all, but it’s like, you gotta have a plan, you know?” Chamillionaire stated. “That’s why it’s called Masterpiece Mind Frame because in the word mind frame, your MIND comes before your frame. Print modeling can turn into movies and other stuff, and you can just step all the way up the ladder. It’s like that with males and females, and if you’re trying to go somewhere, just walk up the ladder, you know, and take it to the next step.” 
Chamillionaire was born to a Muslim father from Oyo State, Nigeria and a Christian mother in Washington D.C., and moved to Houston, Texas at the age of four. Chamillionaire's parents separated in his early teenage years. He settled into a notoriously dangerous inner-city neighborhood in North West Houston called Acres Homes.
Rap and other forms of secular music, which his parents had highly opposed in their household, became very appealing to Chamillionaire, who was still in his teens at the time. Chamillionaire has stated that he was inspired by local rap acts such as The Geto Boys, 8 Ball & MJG, and UGK, as well as other national acts such as N.W.A. and Public Enemy. At a young age, Chamillionaire, along with fellow rap music artist and childhood friend Paul Wall, had decided to make music their careers. Chamillionaire has a brother, who is 3 years younger than him, Rasaq Seriki who is also an occasional rapper and a past member of The Color Changin' Click. Chamillionaire also has a son. He announced through a video log that he has a son born on May 14th 2010. He points out that his son’s name, Xavier, means “new house”.
On November 19, 2004, Chamillionaire's younger brother, Rasaq seriki, was allegedly attacked by Paul Wall and his entourage at a nightclub, but it was said that there were eight of Paul Wall's men who had just ganged up Rasaq. Chamillionaire also expressed his disappointment in Paul Wall, he argues that they all used to be family and that these events should not have happened. Chamillionaire and Rasaq decided to fight back using the music of Paul Wall and his clique "Swishahouse". Before the entire incident between Paul Wall and Rasaq they were all part of the group called "The Color Changin' Click" which now has become fragmented. Chamillionaire released a diss track with Rasaq titled "Go Head".
The beef ended in 2010, when the pair reunited for a full tour. Paul Wall stated "It took a long time and us growing. You know, we started off as a group and a lot of times when you go your separates ways, a lot of people say, "Oh you can't do it without him" and so you wanna prove them wrong. I know for me, I wanted to prove everyone wrong and prove that I could make it on my own." Chamillionaire replied; "We had been bumping into each other a lot. It's kinda been died down for a little bit now but we just kinda needed that stamp of approval. I think the tour kinda just solidifies it for other people. It's not like today we just stopped beefing, we stop beefing along time ago, but nobody believed us."
In 2004, Chamillionaire called out the rest of the Houston scene because he felt like they "weren't lyrically up to par with anyone else" and he wanted them to be doing it right if their music was gonna start to get nationwide, so in return Swishahouse took offense with what Chamillionaire said and responded in a negative way. Chamillionaire then accused Mike Jones, a past member of Swishahouse, of slander, and as a result, the first CD of The Mixtape Messiah was all directed at Mike Jones. Tracks include; You Got Wrecked, Who They Want, Game Over.
On April 22, 2008, YouTube user BakaCrisis uploaded a parody video of Chamillionaire shooting Mike Jones. It ridiculed Mike Jones and caused a lot of controversy. However, in late 2008, the tension had decreased. Chamillionaire apologized to Mike Jones in 2010, this marked that the beef in fact had ended for real. He said, live on stage; "From the bottom of my heart, I apologize to Mike Jones for the triple disc Mixtape Messiah 1 diss tracks, I mean no disrespect."
In 22 September 2012, Chamillionaire bumped into Mike Jones. He shared a picture through his Facebook account and said; "Look who I bumped into at the airport in Atlanta yesterday. I almost didn't recognize him. No beef. Times change."
In 2009, Chamillionaire crossed paths with Michael Jordan at a party for the basketball legend after bidding over $7000 for one of his jerseys at a Reggie Bush charity auction. After seeing Jordan posing for pictures with some ladies at the party, Cham tried for his own snapshot with him. "I don't ask nobody for nothin' I never do," Cham retells in a video on his Web site. "I was just like, man, this is just that one moment. I'm gonna ask Mike for a picture." The rapper approached Jordan, who was sitting next to filmmaker Spike Lee and members of the Boston Celtics, including Forward Paul Pierce. "They were just chilling and I said, 'I don't mean to be rude, but Mike, I just wanted to know if I could get a picture." Although Cham was expecting to get a "No" from him, he wasn't expecting what Jordan actually replied; "I ain't taking pictures with no niggas!" Chamillionaire thought that Jordan didn't hear him properly and explained that he just paid $7000 for one of his jerseys. Jordan responded; "You know what, I tell you what, you pay $15,000 right now for a jersey from me and I'll take a picture with you."
Cham charges that he's "never been so heated" in his life. Pierce even tried to chime in. "Paul Pierce was like, 'Yo, whoa, chill out. That's Chamillionaire, man," the rapper continued. Jordan didn't budge and retorted with an "I don't give a fuck, nigga!" Chamillionaire then turned to Spike Lee, shook his hand and said "It's all good." Describing Jordan's A-list entourage upon his departure, Cham said they "all just had that look like, 'That's just how Mike is."
Chamillionaire excuses Jordan's "most rudest" behavior by reasoning that "this dude must feel a certain way inside, where he just be treating people like that." Nike and Jordan apparently tried to apologize by sending Cham jerseys and shoes. Cham says he lost respect for the legendary basketball player following the ordeal, allegedly responded to the peace-offering by saying, "No, nigga."
- Studio albums
- Collaboration albums
- Extended Plays
Awards and nominations
|2007||"Ridin'"||Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group||Won|
|2007||"Ridin'"||Best Rap Song||Nominated|
|2006||"Ridin'"||Best Rap Video||Won|
|2006||Himself||Favorite Breakthrough New Artist||Nominated|
|2007||Punk'd||Himself||1 Episode (Season 8, Episode 2)|
|2007||The Game||Himself||1 Episode (When the Chickens Come Home to Roost Part 1)|
|2007||Pimp My Ride||Himself||1 Episode Featured Chamillionaire as Guest Host (Season 6, Episode 9)|
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