Chocolate Droppa Talks Motown Debut Mixtape: 'I'm the Miracle Whip for Bars'
It’s been a busy summer for Chocolate Droppa. After Kevin Hart’s rap alter ego signed with Motown, he quickly jumped into the studio. The first reveal from those sessions went down earlier this week when Chocolate Droppa dropped the hype anthem “Baller Alert” featuring T.I. and Migos.
Already in the wings is second single “Push It on Me” featuring Trey Songz, which will be available Sept. 30. Both tracks will appear on Chocolate Droppa’s forthcoming project What Now? The Mixtape. The mixtape happens to share the same title as Hart’s upcoming stand-up comedy film, set for Oct. 14.
But just who is Chocolate Droppa? The enigmatic rapper recently sat down with Billboard to explain, among other things, why he’s the “Miracle Whip for bars.”
So who is the man behind Chocolate Droppa?
I’m from a small town called Chicago, raised by a strong, strong, strong dude. I call him my dad; other people call him the dude that was just with my mom. You know, it was what it was. At the end of the day, you don’t turn out like this without some hostile environment issues. We saw each other a couple of times, had words and ways. No brothers, no sisters, just friends.
Is that what started you rapping?
For me, it was either rapping or hand modeling. Hand modeling had taken off. I was making money but the respect wasn’t there. So I was like I ain’t going to do this s--t.
How’d you get discovered as a hand model?
From telling people to stop. I’d always be like "stop!" [hands up] and people would see my hands. One day this lady saw my hands and said, “You’ve got some nice ass hands.” She gave me her card, I called her and the next thing you know I was modeling like ketchup bottles, hot sauce and s--t like that.
But that wasn’t you?
It wasn’t me. The way I got into rapping is one day I picked up one of those bottles and started flowing about the bottle, I think it was baby oil. Yeah, I got to rapping about baby oil. Like “you can’t beat, you can’t beat that body without the oil of a baby. But you got the baby with the oil of the bottle, yeah.” The flow was sick; everybody was bopping their heads, I was like 12.
Who or what inspired the Chocolate Droppa moniker?
I was at a movie theater and you know those little chocolate nugget things? Well, I had some of those and one day I dropped them. Somebody was like, “yo pick that up.” I was like what and she was like that chocolate you dropped. And I was like huh? She was like you dropped that chocolate. Then we were going back and forth; I thought we were rapping. So I just stuck with it. I ain’t been back to that move theater since but I owe it a lot. If I make it, they got a check coming. Shout out to Loews.
You performed various dates this spring and summer. What was the audience reaction?
I’ve been doing the community college circuit, every community college on the East Coast. I hit a lot of cafeteria shows and also did a lot of beef bar and grills: that’s where they just have beef at the bar. I also did some crab fests. Those were dope. I also went on [syndicated radio personality] Tom Joyner’s cruise but I couldn’t finish my set because they said I was cussing too much. So that tour took me like three weeks. I stayed at my aunt’s house the rest of the summer.
You’ve said that spending six hours in juvenile detention impacted your rapping. How?
When I said I spent six hours in juvie, no one asked me why. I was there picking up my nephew. I wasn’t actually in juvie. They had to send him through the system which took six hours. I didn’t have shit to do so that’s when I started writing rhymes.
What can folks expect from your Motown debut?
Expect greatness. But at the same time I don’t think that’s a fair question. Did people ask Biggie what to expect? No. Did people ask Jay Z what to expect, no. Tupac? The point that I’m making is that all greats are treated like greats. So don’t ask me what to expect when you know what you’re going to get. It’s just like putting Miracle Whip on a sandwich. When you bite it, you’re going to go mmm, mmm, mmm. But if you take that other mayonnaise that don’t have that name on it, and you put it on the sandwich, you’re going to go what the f--k is this? I’m the Miracle Whip for bars. I can’t say anything else about the project. All I can tell you is to expect everyone else to be lower than me.
You’ve battled against Kendrick Lamar, T-Pain, Meek Mill—even TV’s James Corden. Do you have an ultimate battle wish list of others you’d like to go up against?
I’ll battle ‘em all. If it was about who I could pick then I’d say Omarion, August Alsina… who else. Me and Timberlake had words before. That’s really my hit list.
Might some of them be on your upcoming mixtape?
I wouldn’t approach any of them because at the end of the day, all of those guys aren’t ready for my type of album. They aren’t in my lane, I’m over here driving in the fast lane; they’re on a bike … No, they’re on a big wheel. No, they’re on one of those stupid things that you pedal with one foot that doesn’t go that fast.
So if you weren’t rapping, what would you be doing right now?
I’d probably be in a baking contest because I’m a good baker. My specialty is red velvet cake.