CHAMILLIONAIRE

Artist Bio

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.

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