Bay Rapper Chippy Nonstop on Getting Kicked Out of Clubs and Her Dedication to Lay's Potato Chips
Chippy Nonstop would like to be sponsored by Lays. Specifically, she would happily get a Flamin' Hot Lays tattoo if the brand came on board and sponsored her lifestyle. If you've been following Chippy's moves of late, you'll know that this lifestyle largely involves partying to the point of getting kicked out various clubs -- a hobby which she's documented with her recently released, Kreayshawn-directed "Kicked Out Da Club" video.
With plans for a new mixtape release before the summer's out, we checked in with the Bay-based rapstress about her nightlife exploits, appearing on Kreayshawn's upcoming debut album, and the very important question of whether Diplo or Adrien Grenier has the slickest house.
Can you remember the very first time you got kicked out of a club?
Well I've been kicked out of so many clubs I can't even recall the first time. It was at least once a week for about a year. I was living in L.A. and I'm not 21, so... I moved there when I was like 18 and everyone just knew I was underage and I would always wile out at cubs. So, yeah, I was banned from everywhere. I'm pretty much never allowed back.
What do you do once you're kicked out of a club?
I usually just linger outside the club and try to beg the bouncer to let me back in. I'm usually pretty drunk by that time. Sometimes I cry.
Do you ever manage to persuade a bouncer to let you back in?
No, it never works. I usually try to flirt a bit, but it never works. I'll just be like, "Oh, come on, why won't you let me back in?" I only get kicked out of places where a DJ I'm obsessed with is playing and a song that makes me go crazy comes on and I go wile out on stage. I'm usually pretty faded by that point.
Who's the worst bouncer who has ever kicked you out of a club?
It was a La Cita [in Los Angeles], a night called Mustache Mondays. I paid this guy $60 to let me stay in the club and he still told his manager and I got kicked out. How you gonna kick me out after I give you $60?
So who's the best bouncer in the Bay Area?
Actually, since I moved to the Bay, I mostly only go to warehouse parties, but there's this one place I get kicked out of a lot but I don't want to say where. I'm a usual there but they have a lot of liabilities and shit. It's in downtown San Francisco. I've been to a lot of disgusting warehouses with puddles of pee everywhere and people doing crazy shit.
Speaking of behavior in a club, what's your take on stealing someone else's drink?
Oh, definitely do it. You just like walk by, grab it when they're not looking, and if they see you just smile and walk away. But I never steal a girl's drink, 'cause they'll yell at me. Guys will always let you get away with it, they'll just be like, "She's just a girl."
Where was the video to "Kicked Out Da Club" shot?
The video was [shot] at Som Bar in the Mission District. It took about four or five hours, not long at all. Kreayshawn, who's the director of it, she messaged me a week before asking if I needed a music video done. I had people voting on Twitter which song I needed a video for. Next week she flew in and we did the video.
Is the video an accurate portrayal of how you behave in a real club?
I'm a lot more ratchet in the club 'cause I'm not really that drunk in the video. It's kinda accurate but a little more dramatized of how [the bouncer] picked me up. There would probably be a scene of me outside the club begging the bouncer to let me back in.
You've worked with Diplo before. How did you get to know him?
I was running this blog with three other friends and it was a lot of moving graphics and GIFs -- it was kinda insane. We used to over-the-top promote that, like a Twitter invasion, and he saw the website. When I moved to L.A. I met Paul Devro, the creative director of Mad Decent, and he invited me to one of the Major Lazer shows -- I didn't get kicked out! -- and I didn't have a ride home, so I was just lingering around the club and Paul Devro was like, "Do you want to come to an after-party at our house?" It ended up being Diplo's house. He already knew who I was from the Internet, and I got to make a song for the Major Lazer album.
What was Diplo's house like?
It's cool. It's really clean. I don't think he's ever really there. He has a wave pool, like you switch on the machine and it turns into waves.
You mentioned Kreayshawn directing the "Kicked Out Da Club" video. How did you end up working with her?
Actually, Diplo introduced us, but I already knew her from like the Bay. The Bay's really small; everyone knows each other. She was visiting L.A. and I was living there and we went a New Year's Eve party and Diplo introduced us. This was before "Gucci Gucci" came out, like way before that.
What was the New Year's Eve party like?
We went to three of them and I bumped into her at all of them. So like the first party was a house party, Total Freedom was playing that party. It was like super-Internety. There was a stripper pole there, like it was inside of a house. And they had like a water bottle machine, like the filter one, but with vodka in it! Then we went to a warehouse party where Kreayshawn performed "Gucci Gucci" at the party before it came out.
What did you think of "Gucci Gucci" the first time you heard it?
Honestly, I don't remember! The vodka machines did it to me too well at the previous party! So then there was another house party right after, I think it was at Adrien Grenier's house, that guy from Entourage.
Was Adrien Grenier's house better than Diplo's?
Definitely not! Diplo's was better.
You're on Kreayshawn's upcoming album. What are you doing on it?
I do a hook and then I do a verse. Both the hook and the verse at mixed in Hindi and English; like parts of the song are in Hindi and parts of the song are in English. I have like four or five lines.
Does Kreayshawn know what you said in Hindi?
She doesn't know! I'm like trying to think back to what I even said, 'cause it was a while back I recorded it. It's weird, 'cause I only say lines right before the English part. I don't want to give it away. It goes [raps in Hindi], then I say, "This is the end bitch, come and say your prayer."
What music are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a new mixtape. I'm doing a song with Kool A.D. of Das Racist. I know those guys through mutual friends.
What's your favorite Das Racist song?
Honestly, I don't listen to them a lot, but the "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" one.
If you had your own club, would you consider having a combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell stand inside it?
I'd rather have an authentic taco truck.
If you had one of Das Racist work at the taco truck, who would it be?
Probably Kool A.D. 'cause he's like the one that's not Indian. That would make it more authentic. Unless we can do an Indian fusion taco truck, with like a masala chicken, like Indian spices in it. I think it could be a good thing. There's this Indian fusion pizza in the Mission called Zante's, and it's so good.
Speaking of food, is it true that your rap name is partly inspired by you eating a lot of chips?
Yeah, that's right.
What's your favorite brand?
I'm known to be eating a lot of Flamin' Hot Lays. That's my thing. People are like, "Chippy eats Flamin' Hot Lays." I want them to sponsor my lifestyle.
If Lays did sponsor you, would you get a tattoo of their logo?
I would get that tattoo just in general. I am very dedicated to that lifestyle of chips.
If you had to promote Flamin' Hot Lays, what would you say?
If you eat Flamin' Hot Lays, you'll get a flaming hot lay, ha ha.