Many of you have heard of Chip Shearin. If you haven’t, you’ve lived and felt his presence with his bass playing almost as a part of your every day lives. Be it Television theme songs, Movie scores, Jingles or countless tours with a who’s who in Music. If not those, surely from the iconic bass line for Sugar Hill Gangs, Rappers Delight! The bass line that American Band Stand’s, Dick Clark says ...”you may not know the rap but they’re singing the bass line all over the world!”.. Rolling Stone Magazine’s #2 best rap song ever! And the first to chart on billboard and triggering a billion dollar industry. All resting neatly on this iconic bass line!
Surely, by now you’re probably singing that bass line to yourself as you read this as well!
Chip is highly recognized as a first rate producer, on top of the being the low end pulse for Jazz greats, Donald Byrd, Dizzy Gillespi, James Moody, Marion Meadows, Alex Bugnon, Bob Baldwin, Cheilli Minucci, Warren Hill, Paul Taylor, Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum.... many others. Soul Icons, Aretha Franklin, Staple Singers, Temptations, Gladys Knight, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Rap creators, Sugar Hill Gang, The Sequence, Grandmaster Flash, Tupac and Master P. Current pop stars, Janet Jackson, Polina, Christina Aguilera, Ceelo, Will Downing.
As a producer for commercial music, Chip Shearin’s compositions and bass playing can be heard on ad’s for Ford, General Motors, Carnival Cruise Lines, BMW, Radio Shack, JC Penny, Mac Cosmetics, just to name a small few. Television shows for ABC, and CBS, HBO, and Fox networks. Scoring scenes for, Daddy Day Camp, Blade Trilogy, Bad Boy’s, Iron Man 3, Day After Tomorrow, Sky Captain, Young Guns, Shattered
Chip, a native of North Carolina now finds himself bicoastal. Living in Los Angeles and Raleigh, North Carolina. He studied Music and Business at Duke University, North Carolina Central University. Studied composition and arranging at Manhattan School of Music. Also entered Law school but found it a poor fit for his interests!
At the young age of 18 and fresh out of high school, he finds himself invited by
a friend to Englewood New Jersey. His friend suggests they go down to this studio,
where Sylvia Robinson had recently started a Label, called Sugar Hill Records. As the story goes, Chip was told, “look.. we can go hang out there, and she’ll pay us $70 just to play whatever she needs.” On this particular day, Robinson walks in the studio with an idea for a song lasting nearly 15 minutes. She asks Chip if he can hold down this bass line without a mistake for that length. You can imagine the odd looks! The session starts, and Chip and the drummer hammer it thru on the first take! At the end of the session Chip asks, “Ms Robinson, what are you going to do with this..” She says.. “Well.. I have some kids that are going to just talk real fast over it...” I think at that moment, its safe to say, that Chip figured he’d made out better with his $70 bucks on that deal! What station is going to play a 15 minute song?? The song.. Rappers Delight! Rest is history!