A legend in the game of Hip-Hop. The anticipated return of, TRIPLE SEIS.
E2W: I got the link to your video “Champion.” So you have an album coming out, when is that due?
TS: The album coming “UNDERDOG” is coming out by June/July no later than that for summer 2013. “Champion” is the first single/video released off the album.
E2W: That’s wassup! And who are some of the collaborators, give us some names?
TS: Definitely. I got Terminology, Lil Fame of M O P & a few others artists I’ll keep under wraps until the actual press release. I got a lot of love from artists from my era that I reached out to and they came through and showed love.
E2W: How long have you been in music game?
TS: I’ve been in the game since ’97. That’s when our first break came through in 1997. Since then I been in the game always just grinding and due to Pun’s passing I pretty much went independent since then. Me and my brothers Cuban Link and another member Tune (who passed), we were a part of a group called Full Eclipse. We got picked up by Terror Squad, but then when Pun passed we separately left Terror Squad; at that time we just did what we had to do. But my focus right now today is my album. My manager JV pushing it, trying to get the word out there.
E2W: How did you get your name? It’s different. What does it mean?
TS: It’s basically being a BEAST! Like the street terminology, “He’s a beast.” People use to be like” yo you be going hard like a BEAST, you be going hard!! My name was Seis, but I did a freestyle for Tony Touch one day and we got on the joint with Pun and Tony was like, what’s your brothers names and Pun was like that’s Cuban Link and that Seis, that’s, Triple Seis. From then on it just stuck.
E2W: Tell us about your new album. What is the concept?
TS: It has various concepts. Like I have songs that will make you party, make you think, make you laugh. One of the songs on the album is called “Stray Bullets.” That touches a situation that’s up to date. The concept behind that joint is basically about someone being a bully and you can’t get at him but when you do get the opportunity the person isn’t alone. They are in a crowd and you still try to get at him, but you wind up hurting someone else. Another song called, “You Only Call Me When You Need Me.”
E2W: “You only call me when you need me.”That sounds like some shady stuff!
TS: Exactly! So there are a lot of different concepts and hooks and the beats bring out the creative thinking. Even [my single] “Champion,” has a message, even when you’re knocked down, once you get yourself up on your feet, that’s what makes you a champion!
E2W: Yes, I heard it. That song has a lot of inspiring lyrics, telling people to believe in yourself.
TS: That’s why it’s called the Underdog, everybody roots for the Underdog.
E2W: How long were you with Madd Records?
It was for a short time. It was more like a one album deal.
E2W: Do you compare yourself to any particular artists, as far as style?
TS: I don’t really compare, but there are artists that make me think like Mos Def,Nas, Kool G Rap when I want to go back to that era. And now I listen to Raekwon, Wu-Tang, J.Cole. I listen to everybody new because I always want to stay on my toes. That’s just the way I came into the game.
E2W: Is there a major influence, old school or new school? Who do you like?
TS: I listen to everybody but there’s a broad range. Everybody is always trying to put out something new all the time. But if I had the chance to work with someone, I would take a Drake or Kanye production -taking it to that level.
E2W: Where are you from? What is your background/heritage?
TS: I was born in the US… But I’m of Hispanic decent.
E2W: How do you feel about or see the Spanish speaking influence or contribution in Hip-Hop?
The Hispanic presence in the industry is not as strong especially when it comes to Hip-Hop. What Pitbull is doing or what Reggaeton is doing is a little different. You don’t have a lot of Joel Ortiz or Terminology out there, but you do have a lot of unsigned artists on the independent set. With the internet, you can create your own following, your own store. If the majors were the only store, they would control your budget, but now you can become your own store. Open a website and keep it moving.
E2W: So is the internet helping or hurting the industry?
TS: It’s helping the industry, because its keeping the underground hip-hop alive. If everything was just main stream you wouldn’t have the Talib Kweli and others. You wouldn’t have that lane to circle hip-hop overseas.
E2W: Are there any female artists out there you would like to work with, R&B, rap?
TS: I always wanted to do something with Mary J. Blige. If the opportunity would come up and I can spend money on anyone, I’m putting my money on her.
E2W: What are the new projects, mixtapes?
TS: Right now we are doing promo shows and getting on features. So whoever gets to see this article/feature, get at me with inquiries at We have a show coming up with WBLS and we at Maxwell’s in Hoboken NJ on the 23rd, so I’m out there. I’m working.
E2W: Do you ever see yourself doing anything with Fat Joe in the future?
TS: This is business, so right now I have to look at that questions with a business approach, which is cordial so maybe.
E2W: Where can people find you? Your site?
TS: I have tripleseis bx and my music page on Facebook which is: triples seis music dream big
E2W: Anything you want the readers to know about you or your team, anything you want to share?
TS: Definitely, I want to give a special shout out to my friends, my manager JV, to all my brothers, JQ and Bighead and my actual blood brothers. Special thanks to everybody involved with the album for all their hard work, Square View Media, Wicked Dee for all the production, PX, Tango Left, various producers, DVS and other producers on the album. I also have a joint on the album for Pun called “For my Twin.”Shout out to everybody who keeps Pun alive in thought and spirit, that’s all love. by: ANGELICA MANN
Tattoo artists are a dime a dozen these days, but to find skill, quality, integrity and an artist who was raised in Italy, born in Brooklyn, lived in Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Florida and North Carolina, is hard to do!
Chance is a tattoo artist who specializes in body art and has an unusual passion for the game. His childhood was difficult, losing his parents at a young age and having a mother who had an addiction problem, left some scars, but made him a stronger man. “My mother left me in a covenant one time and I couldn’t believe that she wasn’t coming back, but as I got older, I realized that was her way of keeping me safe because she had a problem.”
Take a Chance on Life!
Being bounced around through the years wasn’t a day in the park, but Chance grew character and strength with each obstacle. Most people prepare and dream of becoming a tattoo artist, not Chance… this literally fell into his lap and he’s been doing it with pride and ease for the last 13 years. He even had the pleasure of inking up 20 Fort Lee soldiers before heading to Iraq-SALUTE!
“My mom always pictured this for me. It wasn’t difficult at all. I use to do tats on myself and then one day I tatted like 10 people for free when I was living in the Bronx just to get my work out there. The next thing I know, I did one after another after another and then it took off from there.” Chance has even tatted tears on his face for the actual tears he didn’t shed at his parents’ funeral. “I just couldn’t cry, so I tatted these tears on my face for them.”
With all the competition out there, Chance works harder and harder each day and is always striving to reach that next level. He runs from one shop in the Bronx a couple of days a week, to his other shop located in Harlem the remaining days. He has tried to become a part of a popular reality show, which shall remain nameless, about tattoo artists. The fit wasn’t quite right and the end result was, Chance decided to grind harder and eventually get his own reality show in the mix.
With everybody and their mama (literally mamas are getting it in) having tattoos these days, is it just a trend? “For some clients it’s just a fad or just cool and for other clients it’s spiritual. They lost loved ones, etc, some just want to stimulate pain over existing pain. My tattoos have a story.”
For this to be something that literally “fell into his lap,” Chance has definitely made a steady career and well respected reputation behind being a tattoo artist. He is also humble and offers advice to all who inspire to step outside the box and follow their heart, “You have to have faith no matter what. Even when it feels like things are not going your way, you have to KNOW that you are going to make it. One day I was feeling real depressed, basically cursing God out, you know those days? I was riding my bike in Manhattan by the Peninsula Hotel and I said to God, ‘Take me now’ the second I said that I heard a splat. A man just landed on the pavement after committing suicide by jumping out of the window of the Peninsula Hotel. I was stunned and if that wasn’t a sign that things could be worse, I don’t know what is. I don’t complain. I know God has me here for a reason. One word to describe my life so far is INCOMPLETE. There is so much more I plan on accomplishing before its all said and done.”
Chance can be found on Instagram: EAST2WEST INK