While music aficionados were preoccupied with the new ‘H.A.M.‘ offering yesterday, another upcoming rapper was being edged out of the news by all the Kanye and Jay-Z hype. Tom Hanks’ son, Chester “Chet Haze” Hanks, made his rap debut on 1.11.11. The Northwestern student has had small roles in films like Indiana Jones and will appear in Bratz:The Movie, but everybody wants to be a rapper, right?
Chet’s first single, “White and Purple (Northwestern Remix),” is a college-level freestyle to the beat of Wiz Khalifa’s hit “Black and Yellow.” Lines such as, “I got a call from the brothers in the frat house/ I’m with my girl, tryin to get up under that blouse/ She a freshman/ She a freak though/ In the bed, but a lady in the street, yo,” are juvenile but to be expected. What Chet might lack in lyrical skill, he certainly makes up for in confidence. According to his Twitter page (which has amassed about 40 new followers since his initial Gawker post), success in the rap game seems inevitable. “Just realized my fb and first single was released on 1/11/11. I think its cuz im gunna win. you tell me.”
Maybe, Chet, but in the mean time, let’s hope that you’re also working on some original content. “White and Purple (Northwestern Remix)” is a rip of a similar track by Mo Greene titled “White & Purple” (NU Anthem 2010), which was released a few months ago.