While his name bares a striking resemblance to the A-list film star from HBO's Entourage,
Harlem rapper Vinny Cha$e is far from an actor. Albeit he got his start in the game behind the camera lens, directing music videos and shooting hip-hop documentaries for the likes of Juelz Santana, Dipset, Kid Cudi among others —mostly notably Hell Rell's infamous “I looked like I dropped an album already...stupid
" video—the Harlem rapper is ready to trade in the visual equipments for the mic and a spot on those annual top (or hottest) rising MCs list. "It's a day where [everyone] is going so hard to put motherf-ckers on covers, Jimmy Kimmel Live
and all this but when they come out [they do] 3,900 first week— I'm not about that life," he quips to XXL
while talking about the state of the rap game and its crop of new artists.
Coming out of the city that's given rise to famous Uptown cats like Doug E. Fresh, Ma$e, The Diplomats as well as rising acts in the A$AP Mob, Azealia Banks, etc. the fashion-forward MC is poised to be next in line to make a lasting impression on the game. Swagged out in a grey fitted Balmain tee, pair of Nike Air Yeezy 2s and with a steel Rolex Oyster Perpertual Datejust watch in tow—not to mention the array of gold chains dangling around his neck—Vinny sits down with XXL
and talks growing up in Harlem, working with The Diplomats, performing at S.O.B.s, The Plaza 2
and more. Swag...