Chanel West Coast

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Chanel West Coast
Chanel West Coast for Pure DOPE Magazine.jpg
Chanel West Coast poses for Pure DOPE in 2013
Born Chelsea Chanel Dudley
(1988-09-01) September 1, 1988 (age 29)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • model
  • television personality
Years active 2009–present
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Labels
Associated acts

Chelsea Chanel Dudley[3] (born September 1, 1988), better known by her stage name Chanel West Coast,[3] is an American rapper, singer, actress, model and television personality. She came to prominence for her roles in MTV's Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness.[4]

Early life[edit]

Chanel was born in Los Angeles, California but growing up, she spent her time living between North Hollywood with her mother and New York City with her father.[3] Chanel's father was a DJ, where he took Chanel to nightclubs throughout the city as a child.[3] Chanel took singing and dancing lessons at a young age.[3] She cites "How Do U Want It" by Tupac Shakur as the song that inspired her to start rapping.[5]

Television career[edit]

Chanel was introduced to television by personality Rob Dyrdek through mutual friends in 2008,[6] Shortly afterwards, Dyrdek offered Chanel a position as his receptionist while he was appearing on the MTV reality series Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory.[7] The series was later renewed for a second season by MTV.[8] The third season of the series premiered in 2010, and featured a total of twelve episodes;[9] The fourth season began airing in 2011.[10] That same year, Chanel appeared as Sheila in an episode of the MTV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger, marking her acting debut. She later became a main cast member on the series Ridiculousness, in which West Coast, along with Dyrdek and Sterling "Steelo" Brim, review online internet videos.[11] In 2012, Chanel appeared in both the fifth season of Fantasy Factory and the second season of Ridiculousness.[12][13] That same year she began to voice the character of Flipz in the animated series Wild Grinders.[14] West Coast continued to voice the character into 2013, when she also appeared on the third season of Ridiculousness.[12] The sixth season of Fantasy Factory was announced in 2013, and the fourth season of Ridiculousness premiered on January 2, 2014.[15]

Chanel began recording music in 2009, and began collaborating with numerous artists. That year, she recorded the song "Melting Like Ice Cream" featuring Tiffanie Anderson.[1] She later appeared in the Planet Hollywood song "PHAMOUS", collaborating with Midi Mafia on the project. In 2011, West Coast confirmed she had signed with Polow Da Don on his record label Zone 4, though she later left the label without releasing any material. During this time, West Coast began releasing her own material for free download online, later recording a music video for the song "I Love Money".[16]

Lil Wayne signed Chanel to his label Young Money Entertainment in 2012. She went on to release her mixtape Now You Know in 2013 featuring Snoop Dogg, French Montana, Ty Dolla $ign, Robin Thicke and Honey Cocaine.[17] Riley Sky of Dropkick Divas Media gave the mixtape a grade of B-, saying "Now You Know accomplishes [the] mission" of "[selling] West Coast as an independent woman, its hip-hop-inspired vibe makes "Now You Know" fiercely individual".[18] Chanel promoted her mixtape by going on two headlining tours; the Punch Drunk Love Tour and the Now You Know Tour. She also released a music video for "Been On", featuring French Montana.[19] She released her second mixtape WAVES featuring YG and B-Real.

2014–present: Debut studio album[edit]

In 2014, West Coast confirmed that she had begun recording her debut studio album set to be released in 2016, which was originally projected to drop in 2014.[20] The first single, called "Blueberry Chills" featuring Honey Cocaine was released on January 15, 2014.[21] The second single off the album, "New Feeling" was released on January 29.[22] The third single off the album, "Miles and Miles" was released on October 29, which features West Coast providing vocals for the first time. In 2015, West Coast released a new song that was featured on Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory called Bass In The Trunk.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2009–2015 Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Herself
2011 The Hard Times of RJ Berger Sheila Episode: "The Better Man"
2010–present Ridiculousness Herself Co-host
2012–2015 Wild Grinders Flipz Voice
2017-current Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Herself Supporting

Discography[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US US
R&B
US
Rap

[24]
Young Money: Rise of an Empire
(with Young Money Entertainment)
7 4 3
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, showing year released
Title Album details
Now You Know
  • Released: July 9, 2013
  • Format: Digital download
Waves
  • Released: August 25, 2015
  • Format: Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chanel West Coast. "Chanel West Coast biography, net worth, quotes, wiki, assets, cars, homes and more". Bornrich.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Chanel West Coast Announces Signing w/ YMCMB w/ Bootleg Kev". Bootleg Kev. March 26, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Chanel West Coast – Biography". Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ridiculousness | Season 2 Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Chanel West Coast (guest) (April 27, 2018). Chanel West Coast Reveals the Tupac Song That Inspired Her To Pursue Rap | Soundtracked | TRL. YouTube. Retrieved May 5, 2018. 
  6. ^ "MTV Mobile Series: Cast Member: Chanel". Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Avalon Hollywood Los Angeles CA (Nightclub)". Dose.clubzone.com. October 4, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Videos". MTV. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "MTV Renews 'Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory' & 'Ridiculousness'". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Ridiculousness | Season 2 Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ "iTunes – TV Shows – Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, Season 5". Itunes.apple.com. March 19, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Wild Grinders: Behind The Scenes with Ugly". Nick.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  15. ^ "'Ridiculousness' Renewed for Season 4 & 'Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory' Renewed for Season 6 by MTV – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. September 17, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  16. ^ Title Artist (April 30, 2013). "Chanel West Coast – I Love Money [New Song]". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Chanel West Coast – Now You Know // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  18. ^ Sky, Riley (May 2014). "Now You Know Musical review". Dropkick Divas Media. 
  19. ^ "Chanel West Coast – Been On (Feat French Montana) [Music Video]". Young Money Fansite. May 6, 2014
  20. ^ Melas, Chloe (March 12, 2014). "Chanel West Coast Files for Bankruptcy". Hollywood Life. 
  21. ^ "NEW MUSIC: CHANEL WEST COAST F/ HONEY COCAINE – 'BLUEBERRY CHILLS'". rap-up.com. January 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ "New Feeling – Single". iTunes. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Miles and Miles – Single". iTunes. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Tyga Album & Song Chart History: Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 

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