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Ego Tripping with T. Chandy

Ego Tripping with T. Chandy

by Johnny Blaze

It’s been almost two months since T. Chandy dropped his album ‘Ego Trip’. It has been almost a month since we at Down to the Beat had the opportunity to sit down with Ottawa’s creative chameleon and pick his brain about it. Since then, I have had time. I have had time to rest, time to relax, but most importantly I’ve had time to digest what Chandy has described as his most cohesive project to date.  

After my initial listen, I could tell something was up with Chandy. When we first sat down, Fixxx and I questioned him on the aura that makes everyone in the room smile. He radiated an energy that bred happiness. An infectious smile that leaked into his music, so that you couldn’t help but nod your head to as you turned it up. 

He conceded that he was just that; a happy guy making music for happy folks. But the tides have changed, and we could sense something was up with T. Chandy after listening to his latest project.

It started with the name, ‘Ego Trip’. One thing about T. Chandy is there is no ego surrounding him, so this led to some raised eyebrows when I first read the title of the album. But he explained the multiple connotations you can look at when considering his album. Chandy touched on the idea of ‘tripping on the ego’, when a person becomes too big for their own right, with nothing able to stop them in how big they get. However, he alluded to the feeling of this album being more aligned with ‘feeling down on yourself’, or ‘tripping on your ego’. 

“I really wanted to encapsulate all sides of the ego on the album because when we think of the ego, it’s really about the bravado. What people don’t understand is that feeling sorry for yourself is also very self-absorbed. You know what I mean, there’s billions of people in the world. Feeling like everyone is against you is very self-absorbed as well. This album is both sides of that.” 

And fans get just that. A stripped down, humble piece of work that acts as a window into the artist who is always smiling’s mind. 

“Wait a Minute” had us wondering, “Who hurt T. Chandy?!” His bars ride on the beat like a rollercoaster that never takes your breath away. The melody and conviction in his voice roll over every note, immersing the listener in a story about “never being the same” after the subjects of the song split. 

A love song on first listen, but after digging deeper into the lyrics and with a little guided help from the man who wrote it, the story reveals itself to be about addiction. It makes sense too, T. Chandy is growing up and his music is closely in tow. This isn’t the only example on the album of this being the reality in his life, either. 

On ‘Same Kid’, Chandy raps about being the same kid from the first mixtape but if the opposite is evident, it can be heard in this song. His mindset has been refined, the career he is pursuing seems all the more viable with every track. During our interview he talked about how it’s a crazy feeling to still be in the same spot as where you grew up. Driving past the same McDonald’s he saw on the school bus, seeing the same people he grew up with, being confined to a small town has influenced him and his work immeasurably. 

This influence is the furthest thing from negative, as can be the issue with many small town, homegrown artists. Their experimentation is stunted and they tend to remain in their comfort zones. T. Chandy is the embodiment of anything other than that. 

Through ‘Ego Trip’, listeners are able to see a beautiful evolution of one of Ottawa’s brightest hidden gems. The clouds clear from the skies when this album is played. Ruminants of old T. Chandy leaked into this tape as well. The tracks ‘Spin Cycle’ and ‘Clark Kent’ serve as portals to his past work. Accompanied by OL’Sav and Tiger Tchakounté respectively on these tracks, he shows us that the SURF collective is still doing their thing and still putting in the work. 

All in all, this was a beautiful compilation of music. It rounded all bases: top tier bars, stellar production, a chorus so catchy you’ll never get it out of your head (listen to Get That) and the pinnacle of evolution in a short career. All of these aspects have been wrapped into a project that Chandy can only be proud of and listeners are hanging on the edge of their seats for more of. 

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T Chandy on Down to the Beat

Written by John Balser 


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