Chico Manolo is an emcee and a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For as long as he can recall, Chico wanted to be an entertainer and showed a deep interest in Hip Hop culture and the written word. In elementary school, he demonstrated lyrical talent and a creative energy that was impossible to deny, something he would maintain and carry with him as he developed his talents further.
While he was not raised in life of extreme privilege, he was surrounded by a family that was supportive of his talents and fostered a love for Hip Hop, and music in general. In the absence of cable TV, Chico found joy in watching The Box, a local TV station that often played Hip Hop music videos, and drew inspiration from many of the artists and their videos. Things began to change rapidly for Chico once he entered high school at James Madison High School on Milwaukee's north side. It was there that he began to develop his lyrical skills with a more serious approach, sitting around the lunch table at James Madison HS with other young, talented aspiring emcees and honing his lyrical skills while pounding out beats on table tops or just spitting lyrics a capella. Almost immediately, he began to capture the attention of his fellow students, and even a few teachers...although the attention drawn by the teachers was not always positive.
To date, Chico has released 3 projects. While still in high school, he recorded his first mixtape alongside a group of friends, with the group working under the name “Big Bank”. Although the group was short-lived, the group gave the young man a taste of what it was like to record, and he knew from that moment forward he wanted more Chico's first solo project, the independently produced “The Sample Disc”, was released in 2009. “The Sample Disc” was followed up by “Black Art” in 2013.
Chico has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with and opening for nationally recognized artists such as: Machine Gun Kelly and Strange Music's very own Tech N9ne and has performed at the Hard Rock Café Chicago as well as numerous colleges in Wisconsin and across the Midwest, entertaining audiences with his high energy show and top notch lyricism.
As an artist, Chico has drawn influence from a wide range of artists, including: Tupac Shakur, Eminem, Lil Boosie, Ludacris, and Lupe Fiasco, but prefers not to compare himself to anyone else, and has instead deliberately forged his own sound, while drawing influences from others who came before him.
In addition to working as a performer, Chico also taught Hip Hop education to the students of James Madison High School after his graduation, working with students to enrich and improve their lives by helping them realize their creative potential through music. Most recently, Chico has delved into the world of acting, having appeared on the Fox series “Empire” as an extra several times. He has also been casted in an Independent Film Titled "Stolliez", which he landed the main role and will be filming shortly and Perpetually focused on making his next move and expanding his brand further, Chico has been known to say... ”I know the time will come and the world will hear my story”