Hakeem Seriki, or as he is more popularly known, Chamillionaire, is an American award-winning rapper, entrepreneur.
After he entered the music industry, Hakeem Seriki changed his name to Chamillionaire, a fusion of chameleon and millionaire. It looks like he was forecasting his future wealth.
Chamillionaire Net Worth
Chamillionaire has been in the music industry for over 20 years and has accumulated a net worth of $30 million. Most of his wealth comes from his music, but he has a few other lucrative income sources.
Chamillionaireis an investor in Fly Rydes, a Houston-based auto dealer. He is the owner of a record label, Chamillitary Entertainment and a model management agency which goes by the name Masterpiece Mind Frame.
He has a tour bus company, and his various music awards also contribute to his current net worth.
Chamillionaire Rap Career
While still a teenager, Chamillionaire started rapping with his best friend Paul Wall. When DJ Michael “5000” Watts, a popular mixtape DJ from Houston and owner of Swishahouse invited Chamillionaire and Paul to rap on his Huston radio show aired by KBXX-FM station, their first session was so successful,they became regulars on the show.
After some time, Chamillionaire and Paul became frustrated since what they put into their mixtapes was not generating the expected results. They left Swishahouse and started their own mixtape group named The Color Changin’ Click, and in 2002 they released their first album, Get Ya Mind Correct. The record sold over 150,000 copies and The Source magazine nominated it for the Independent Album of the Year 2012.
The Color Changin’ Click helped them realize their dream as each mixtape released brought them business opportunities. The most rewarding of these was a contract to do a full album for Paid in Full Records.
In 2005, Chamillionaire released his first solo album, The Sound of Revenge which hit the Billboard Hot 200 chart at number 10. However, one single, Ridin which was on the album reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while its video won the Best Rap Video award during the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. The same song earned Chamillionaire an Emmy for the Best Rap Performance in 2007.
Chamillionaire is widely known for two things. When he released his album, Ultimate Victory, it was lauded for being completely free of profanity.
Chamillionaire also stands out because in 2010 when he released his mixtape Major Pain, he made available the first song titled The Main Event for free download on iTunes in honour of the 2010 NBA All-Star Game taking place in Dallas, Texas.
It can safely be said that Chamillionaire has achieved his goal of making music that is meaningful instead of producing songs just for the money.
Chamillionaire Early Life and Family
Chamillionaire was born on 28 November 1979 in Washington, DC. He was raised in a strict household by his Muslim father and a Christian mother. Chamillionaire was the eldest of 4 siblings.
As he was growing up, his parents did not allow any rap or other secular music in the house. Chamillionaire spent most of his early years in Houston where his parents had moved to when he was only four.
His parents got divorced when Chamillionaire was a teenager, and soon after he moved to a dangerous neighbourhood in North Houston called Acres Homes. He went to Jersey High School and as a teenager, Chamillionaire worked several jobs to support his family.
Chamillionaire Marriage & Children
There is not much information about Chamillionaire and his married life, but what has been made public is that Chamillionaire is married to Deetra Seriki. It is also documented that in 2010, Chamillionaire publicly recognized his son, Xavier who was born in the same year.
Chamillionaire’s single Ridin earned him a Grammy in 2006 in the Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group category. The album,Get Ya Mind Correct that Chamillionaire released with Paul Wall was nominated for Independent Album of the Year in 2002.
Chamillionaire and Social Media
Unhappy with the available social media apps, Chamillionaire decided to launch his own app, Convoz, a video-centric platform that aims to be the place that people choose to go to talk to others.
Chamillionaire Nationality and Ethnicity
Chamillionaire is an American citizen and holds a US nationality. He is of African American origin.
|Biography & Facts|
|Born:||28 November 1979|
|Profession:||Rapper, entrepreneur& investor|
|Net Worth:||$30 million|
|Height:||5ft 10in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||172lbs or 78 kg|
|Married to:||Deetra Seriki|
|Education:||Jersey Village High School|