Chanel West Coast

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Chanel West Coast
Birth nameChelsea Dudley
Born(1988-09-01) September 1, 1988 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresHip hop, R&B, pop
OccupationsRapper, actress, model, television personality
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
LabelsYoung Money[1]
Websitewww.iamchanelwestcoast.com
 
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Chanel West Coast
Birth nameChelsea Dudley
Born(1988-09-01) September 1, 1988 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresHip hop, R&B, pop
OccupationsRapper, actress, model, television personality
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
LabelsYoung Money[1]
Websitewww.iamchanelwestcoast.com

Chelsea "Chanel" Dudley[2] (born September 1, 1988), better known by her stage name Chanel West Coast,[2] is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, actress, model and television personality.[3] She came to prominence for her roles in MTV's Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness.[4]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Dudley was introduced to television personality Rob Dyrdek through mutual friends in 2008,[5] Shortly afterwards, Dyrdek offered Dudley a position as his receptionist while he was appearing on the MTV reality series Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory.[6] The series proved to be a success, and was later renewed for a second season by MTV.[7] The third season of the series premiered in 2010, and featured a total of twelve episodes;[8] The fourth season began airing in 2011.[9] That same year, Dudley 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 Dudley, along with Dyrdek and Sterling "Steelo" Brim, review online internet videos.[10] In 2012, Dudley appeared in both the fifth season of Fantasy Factory and the second season of Ridiculousness.[11][12] That same year she began to voice the character of Flipz in the animated series Wild Grinders.[13] Dudley continued to voice the character into 2013, when she also appeared on the third season of Ridiculousness.[11] The sixth season of Fantasy Factory was announced in 2013, and the fourth season of Ridiculousness premiered on January 2, 2014.[14]

Music[edit]

Dudley began recording music in 2009, and began collaborating with numerous artists. That year, she appeared on the song "Melting Like Ice Cream" by Tiffanie Anderson.[15] The following year, she collaborated with rapper Somaya Reece on "Tramp", released as a promotional single by Reece.[15] She later appeared in the Planet Hollywood song "PHAMOUS", collaborating with Midi Mafia on the project. In 2011, Dudley 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, Dudley began releasing her own material for free download online, later recording a music video for the song "I Love Money".[16] She also began performing songs such as "Cookie" at various night clubs to promote the material.[17]

2012 proved to be one of Chanel’s biggest breakthrough years. Multi-platinum recording artist, and Young Money Records founder, Lil Wayne personally invited Chanel to his Miami studio to play him some of her music. Impressed by what he heard, the budding music impresario immediately signed Chanel to his popular Young Money Entertainment label – home of such superstar artists as Drake and Nicki Minaj. The first taste of her Young Money affiliation was the irresistible "Karl", the first single from her Now You Know mixtape, released July 9, 2013. Coupled with a provocative high fashion music video, Lagerfeld himself would undoubtedly be proud of Chanel West Coast's impressive delivery and seductive swagger. The mixtape was downloaded over 25,000 times following its release.[18] Chanel's mixtape also features the likes of Diana Ross's son, Evan Ross, French Montana, Snoop Dogg and Robin Thicke. Riley Sky of Dropkick Divas Media gave the mixtape an 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".[19] Chanel promoted her mixtape by embarking on two tours. In December 2013, she toured 10 different cities including New York, Denver and Philly for the Punch Drunk Love Tour. In May, Chanel went out on a seven city tour including a stop at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's in Atlantic City, where she performed solo and with Paris Hilton.

On January 15, 2014, Chanel released another single called, "Blueberry Chills" featuring Honey Cocaine.[20] On February 17, a remix of "Blueberry Chills" hit the internet which features Isaiah Gripper.[21] On May 6, Chanel released the music video for "Been On" featuring French Montana.[22]

Chanel has also collaborated with her Young Money labelmate Shanell on the song "Hittin' Like" for Young Money's second compilation album Young Money: Rise of an Empire, which went on to win Best Group Album at the 2014 BET Awards.

Filmography[edit]

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2009–presentRob Dyrdek's Fantasy FactoryHerself
2011The Hard Times of RJ BergerSheila"The Better Man" (season 2: episode 12)
2011–presentRidiculousnessHerselfMain Cast
2012–presentWild GrindersFlipzVoice role
2013Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n OutHerselfGuest appearance
Music videos
YearTitleRoleNotes
2009"Phamous"HerselfShaycarl video
2010"Cooler Than Me"Best friendMike Posner video
2011"Love Letter"David Singer-Vine's love interestShwayze video

Discography[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
USUS
R&B
US
Rap

[23]
Young Money: Rise of an Empire
(with Young Money Entertainment)
743
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, showing year released
TitleAlbum details
Now You Know
  • Released: July 9, 2013
  • Format: Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Chanel West Coast Announces Signing w/ YMCMB w/". Bootleg Kev. 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Chanel West Coast - Biography". Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Momsen, Taylor (October 6, 2013). "Twitter: chanelwestcoast: I'm 1/2 Russian RT @KingSeriy: @chanelwestcoast RT if u love ur Russian fans ♥". Twitter.com. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ridiculousness | Season 2 Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  5. ^ "MTV Mobile Series: Cast Member: Chanel". Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  6. ^ "Avalon Hollywood Los Angeles CA (Nightclub)". Dose.clubzone.com. 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  7. ^ "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  8. ^ "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Videos". MTV. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  9. ^ "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  10. ^ Deadline, The. "MTV Renews 'Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory' & 'Ridiculousness'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  11. ^ a b "Ridiculousness | Season 2 Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  12. ^ "iTunes - TV Shows - Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, Season 5". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  13. ^ "Wild Grinders: Behind The Scenes with Ugly". Nick.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  14. ^ "‘Ridiculousness’ Renewed for Season 4 & ‘Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory’ Renewed for Season 6 by MTV - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  15. ^ a b Chanel West Coast. "Chanel West Coast biography, net worth, quotes, wiki, assets, cars, homes and more". Bornrich.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  16. ^ Title Artist (2013-04-30). "Chanel West Coast - I Love Money [New Song]". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  17. ^ "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Ep. | | Episode Summary, Video, Photos". MTV. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  18. ^ "Chanel West Coast - Now You Know // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  19. ^ Sky, Riley. "Now You Know Musical review". Dropkick Divas Media. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "NEW MUSIC: CHANEL WEST COAST F/ HONEY COCAINE – ‘BLUEBERRY CHILLS’". rap-up.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  21. ^ "Chanel West Coast - Blueberry Chills (feat. Isaiah Gripper)". soundcloud.com/isaiahgripper. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  22. ^ http://www.youngmoneyhq.com/2014/05/06/chanel-west-coast-been-on-feat-french-montana-music-video/
  23. ^ "Tyga Album & Song Chart History: Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 

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