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Chill Moody Is Ready To Take On The World.

May 29, 2012

Text by Sofiya Ballin. Image inside Sigma Sound by Colin Kerrigan.

Despite releasing the third album in his Valentine’s Day series, dropping a 15-track mixtape in April and preparing to take the stage at his biggest show ever, Chill Moody continues to stay true to his moniker.

“I’m chillin’,” he says. “I’m continuing on with the plan I set for myself. The plan was to make Chill Moody a household name. Now, I want people to know me internationally.”

In October, he’s planning to perform in Germany. In June, though, Moody is sharing marquee space with The Roots, Rakim, De La Soul and others on the 5th annual Roots Picnic lineup.

“It’s inspiring,” he says. “It’s a testament to how hard I’ve actually been working. After the Picnic, I plan to take the show on the road, to a lot of different fans I haven’t had the chance to meet yet.”

The West Philly native, however, will always stay true to his roots, he says. Last year, after a vicious 4-minute freestyle on the Cosmic Kev “Come Up Show,” Moody ended with the incendiary statement: “If I ain’t on that freshmen cover next year, freshmen take cover.”

He was referring to XXL magazine’s annual cover featuring the rising stars of hip-hop.

“The people who are on there represent different parts of hip-hop, different regions in the country,” Moody explains. “There really wasn’t anyone from Philly. It wasn’t really me saying I deserve that cover.”

He wants Philly represented. In response, he named his most recent mixtape, which dropped in April, Freshmen, Take Cover.

He hopes to release his first album under a label, and headline his own tour. The Roots Picnic, he says, is only the beginning.

“I don’t go out and say I deserve anything,” he says. “I go out and show you I deserve it.”

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