Chase Baker aka Bakeman Global born Curtis Small in Bedford -
Stuyvesant Brooklyn NY, in Lafayette Gardens project houses. He grew
up with the familiar life of most urban kids in America; jail, drugs,
and gang affiliation. Fortunately, Chase had a natural skills set that
helped him get out of his rough neighborhood. His reputation in the
streets for being a talented but unpolished basketball player brought
him the opportunity to go to school.
First he attended Prep school in North Carolina, and then College at
Southampton University in Long Island NY. This was critical, and
possibly a life saving turn of events for a kid that had dropped out
in year 9, and lived life on the streets. Almost immediately after
graduation with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management in 2002,
Chase was able to do what most athletes dream of, play at the
professional level. Chase enjoyed a successful seven season
professional ABA basketball career in Australia with the Warrnambool
Seahawks, Ringwood Hawks, Werribee Devils and Waverly Falcons.
In 2007, Chase attended a hip hop show at a local club in Melbourne
Australia called Sku Bar where he saw his close friend Daryl 'Kid Mac'
MacDonald perform. "I had been to many concerts or shows to see many
major artists perform in the past, but when I saw one of my close
friends kill the stage, that inspired me." The fire was lit. Kid Mac
immediately introduced Chase to his team, Jamaka Redebe, (Too Much
Variety Records) Mike Costa and the good folks of StreamAV, and that
was the beginning of something great. Being around other very talented
artists in the TMV family, countless hours of studying, practice, and
such a great work ethic to be the best, Chase rapidly became a
formidable lyricist, rapper, and performer. The word began to spread
about this new kid in town, followed by respect from the hip hop
community. In 2008, Chase Baker and TMV released the 'New Kid on ya
Block' mixtape hosted by DJ Kay Z. People really began to take notice,
the mixtape was an immediate threat to competition, and also was
surrounded by a bit of controversy.
Chase Baker wrote and recorded songs for TMV's first commercial
release, 'Too Much Variety The Album' a compilation collection of
songs from various artists from the TMV family. He featured on 5
In 2010, Chase returned to the US to lay the foundations for his
inevitable rise. "As soon as I stepped off the plane, I took it
serious and got to work." Chase teamed up with a long time friend and
mentor Mr. Terrence Robinson and began plotting the take over. He
immediately dropped a mixtape entitled 'Rise of the Underdog' hosted
by DJ TY BOOGIE of Power 105.1. Along with the mixtape, Chase was able to present an Album Sampler for industry distribution of ten original
tracks that did really well in Australia. During his musical journey
in Australia, through the efforts of Jamaka Redebe of TMV Records, and
a long process of screening thousands of songs, Chase was able to get
four of his songs licensed to a multi-network ABC, HBO, & BBC TV show
entitled 'Angry Boys' which was a big success. It aired in several
countries. While the 'Rise of the Underdog' mixtape was in
circulation, Chase appeared in open mics and showcases all over NYC,
NJ, and Philadelphia. "I was in an open mic or showcase basically
everyday of the week for a year straight, investing in my career,
building the brand and getting well known." Some of the notable prizes
Chase has won were things like sit down meetings with major labels
such as Atlantic Records, Bad Boy Records, Universal Records, Digital
distribution deals with Island Def Jam, First place in the Lyrical
Roulette Showcase, clothing, watches, a feature on Digiwaxx Artist
Spotlight, and interviews and features with Forbez DVD, PNC Radio
"Stand Out Radio" show, Damatrix Studios, MFIR Radio and many other
blogs and internet radio shows.
Early 2011, while featuring in the Training Camp Showcase at Club
Pyramid which is ran by the Legendary Mental Supreme, a connected and well known gentleman in the industry by the name of Wise McGriff from Def Jam Records noticed Chase during his performance of his song 'I'm Nice' which was a remix of Nas' 'One Mic.' McGriff was blown away by
the performance so he approached Chase and told him that he had
someone who he thought he should meet. A couple of days later, McGriff
introduced Chase to Mike Walker of Melodream Entertainment.
After almost a year of working with Mike Walker, on July 31st. 2012,
Chase was offered a deal with Melodream Records, which is distributed
by Universal IMG. "Being signed to Melodream records / Universal IMG is a huge accomplishment and a dream come true."
Chase is admired by many and an inspiration to all for being one of
very few to not only sign a contract to play professional basketball
at a high level, but to also sign a record label deal and be able to
have a voice for young kids who have a similar story. "I feel like
when it's all said and done, not only do I feel like I'm going to be
the spokesperson for the youth in all areas of music and a legend in
Hip Hop, but also that I'm exactly what's needed right now."
In the meantime, while chasing Hip Hop supremacy, Chase frequently
visits schools in his community as a guest speaker touching on
subjects like the importance of education, confidence, team work, and bullying. Chase Baker is poised to become a household name in the HipHop Community due to his hard work and dedication as well as his
loyalty to his family, supporters, music, and worldwide fan base.
To date, Chase has over 100 songs and has opened for major artists
such as Xzibit, Boys II Men, Lloyd, Blackstreet, Redman & Method Man,
Savage, Tank, Papoose, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, Ron Browz, Rza, Cassidy, and many more domestically and internationally.