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Chanel West Coast
File:Chanel West Coast 2020 (cropped).jpg
Dudley in 2019
Born
Chelsea Chanel Dudley

(1988-09-01) September 1, 1988 (age 32)[1]
Occupation
  • Television personality
  • rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • model
Years active2009–present
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Labels
Associated acts

Chelsea Chanel Dudley[3] (born September 1, 1988), better known by her stage name Chanel West Coast,[3] is an American television personality, rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model. She came to prominence for her roles in MTV's Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness at a young age.[4]

Early life[edit source | edit]

Chanel was born in Los Angeles, California. Growing up, she spent her time living between North Hollywood with her mother and New York City with her father.[3] Chanel's father was a DJ, where he took Chanel to nightclubs throughout the city as a child.[3] Chanel took singing and dancing lessons at a young age.[3] She began listening to rap music at eleven years old and began rapping at fourteen[5], citing "How Do U Want It" by Tupac Shakur as the song that inspired her to start rapping.[6] Her mother is of English descent and her father is of Russian Jewish descent.[7] Chanel attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills for two years before attending home school to graduation.[5]

Television career[edit source | edit]

Chanel was introduced to television personality Rob Dyrdek through mutual friends in 2008,[8] Shortly afterwards, Dyrdek offered Chanel a position as his receptionist while he was appearing on the MTV reality series Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory.[9] The series was later renewed for a second season by MTV.[10] The third season of the series premiered in 2011, and featured a total of twelve episodes;[11] The fourth season began airing in 2011.[12] That same year, Chanel appeared as Sheila in an episode of the MTV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger, marking her acting debut. She later became a main cast member on the series Ridiculousness, in which West Coast, along with Dyrdek and Sterling "Steelo" Brim, review online internet videos.[13] In 2012, Chanel appeared in both the fifth season of Fantasy Factory and the second season of Ridiculousness.[14][15] That same year she began to voice the character of Flipz in the animated series Wild Grinders.[16] West Coast continued to voice the character into 2013, when she also appeared on the third season of Ridiculousness.[14] The sixth season of Fantasy Factory was announced in 2013, and the fourth season of Ridiculousness premiered on January 2, 2014.[17]

In 2017, Chanel joined the supporting cast of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood for season four and made ten appearances. However, she did not return to following season four's reunion special.

Music career[edit source | edit]

Chanel began recording music in 2009, and began collaborating with numerous artists. That year, she recorded the song "Melting Like Ice Cream" featuring Tiffanie Anderson.[18] She later appeared in the Planet Hollywood song "PHAMOUS", collaborating with Midi Mafia on the project. In 2011, West Coast confirmed she had signed with Polow Da Don on his record label Zone 4, though she later left the label without releasing any material. During this time, West Coast began releasing her own material for free download online, later recording a music video for the song "I Love Money".[19]

Lil Wayne signed Chanel to his label Young Money Entertainment in 2012. She went on to release her mixtape Now You Know in 2013 featuring Snoop Dogg, French Montana, Ty Dolla $ign, Robin Thicke and Honey Cocaine.[20] Riley Sky of Dropkick Divas Media gave the mixtape a grade of B-, saying "Now You Know accomplishes [the] mission" of "[selling] West Coast as an independent woman, its hip-hop-inspired vibe makes "Now You Know" fiercely individual".[21] Chanel promoted her mixtape by going on two headlining tours; the Punch Drunk Love Tour and the Now You Know Tour. She also released a music video for "Been On", featuring French Montana.[22] She released her second mixtape WAVES, featuring YG and B-Real, in August 2015.[23]

2014–present: Debut studio album[edit source | edit]

In 2014, West Coast confirmed that she had begun recording her debut studio album set to be released in 2016, which was originally projected to drop in 2014.[24] The first single, called "Blueberry Chills" featuring Honey Cocaine was released on January 15, 2014.[25] The second single off the album, "New Feeling" was released on January 29.[26] The third single off the album, "Miles and Miles" was released on October 29, which features West Coast providing vocals for the first time. In 2015, West Coast released a new song that was featured on Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory called "Bass In The Trunk".[27] In 2018, West Coast released a song titled "Nobody".[28]

Other ventures[edit source | edit]

In 2009, Chanel helped create a clothing line named Valleywood.[29] By 2019, she also released another clothing line named LOL CARTEL.[30]

In 2018, Chanel curated the Chanel West Coast collection of smoking supplies for the cannabis subscription box company Daily High Club.[31]

Filmography[edit source | edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2009–2015 Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Herself
2011 The Hard Times of RJ Berger Sheila Episode: "The Better Man"
2011–present Ridiculousness Herself Co-host
2012–2015 Wild Grinders Flipz Voice
2017 Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Herself Supporting
2018 Fear Factor Herself Episode: "Hip-Hop Battle"

Discography[edit source | edit]

Compilation albums[edit source | edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US US
R&B
US
Rap

[32]
Young Money: Rise of an Empire
(with Young Money Entertainment)
7 4 3
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit source | edit]

List of mixtapes, showing year released
Title Album details
Now You Know
  • Released: July 9, 2013
  • Format: Digital download
Waves
  • Released: August 25, 2015
  • Format: Digital download

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "'Ridiculousness' Star Chanel West Coast Has 2 Wishes for Her Upcoming Birthday and They're Pretty Simple, TBH". August 28, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  2. "EXCLUSIVE: Chanel West Coast Announces Signing w/ YMCMB w/ Bootleg Kev". Bootleg Kev. March 26, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Chanel West Coast – Biography". Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  4. "Ridiculousness | Season 2 Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "CHANEL WEST COAST: THE OTHER WHITE FEMALE RAPPER". 2014-08-13. Retrieved 2020-04-15.
  6. Chanel West Coast (guest) (April 27, 2018). Chanel West Coast Reveals the Tupac Song That Inspired Her To Pursue Rap | Soundtracked | TRL. YouTube. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  7. "Oh u tryna blast my my Jewish ass huh? Lol. I'm 1/2 Jewish and we celebrate Xmas". Twitter. December 24, 2010.
  8. "MTV Mobile Series: Cast Member: Chanel". Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  9. "Avalon Hollywood Los Angeles CA (Nightclub)". Dose.clubzone.com. October 4, 2013. Archived from the original on October 15, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  10. "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  11. "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Videos". MTV. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  12. "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  13. "MTV Renews 'Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory' & 'Ridiculousness'". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Ridiculousness | Season 2 Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  15. "iTunes – TV Shows – Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, Season 5". Itunes.apple.com. March 19, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  16. "Wild Grinders: Behind The Scenes with Ugly". Nick.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  17. "'Ridiculousness' Renewed for Season 4 & 'Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory' Renewed for Season 6 by MTV – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. September 17, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  18. Chanel West Coast. "Chanel West Coast biography, net worth, quotes, wiki, assets, cars, homes and more". Bornrich.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  19. "Chanel West Coast – I Love Money [New Song]". Hotnewhiphop.com. April 30, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  20. "Chanel West Coast – Now You Know // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  21. Sky, Riley (May 2014). " Now You Know Musical review". Dropkick Divas Media.
  22. "Chanel West Coast – Been On (Feat French Montana) [ Music Video]". Young Money Fansite. May 6, 2014,
  23. "Listen to Chanel West Coast's New Mixtape 'Waves': Exclusive". 2015-08-26. Retrieved 2020-04-15.
  24. Mel's, Chloe (March 12, 2014). "Chanel West Coast Files for Bankruptcy". Hollywood Life.
  25. "NEW MUSIC: CHANEL WEST COAST F/ HONEY COCAINE – 'BLUEBERRY CHILLS'". rap-up.com. January 15, 2014.
  26. "New Feeling – Single". iTunes. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  27. "Miles and Miles – Single". iTunes. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  28. "Chanel West Coast's New Song 'Nobody' Is the Girl Power Anthem the World Needs Right Now (EXCLUSIVE)". In Touch Weekly. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  29. "Check Out the New Clothing Line, Valleywood!". Seventeen. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  30. "Chanel West Coast Unboxes Vintage Streetwear + Giveaway". Fuse. October 9, 2019.
  31. "She Love It: Unboxing the Daily High Club's Chanel West Coast Collection (Video)". Honeysuckle. December 8, 2018.
  32. "Tyga Album & Song Chart History: Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 18, 2011.

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