Although it seemed our good friend Chris Chavez over at Phandroid dismissed Chamillionaire as just another rapper it’s very important to point out that Chamillionaire is very active in tech groups in houston and other areas in Texas. Chamilionaire was spotted several times at the tech portion of SXSW this year and also paneled at CES. Chamillionaire is quite tech savvy so when he told Android’s top designer Matias Duarte “I’ve used all these different devices, they suck.” Chamillionaire at least gave the devices a run for their money.
Chamillionaire was at Tech Crunch’s Mobile First Crunch Up. Heather Harde and Mike Arrington do a good job of attracting not just your normal technical speakers but other celebrities who are active in technology, to their events. Even Hammer has attended a TechCrunch event.
Duarte kept his cool in replying to Chamillionaire saying “I’m hoping that pretty soon we’re gonna have an android phone you’re gonna love,”. Duarte has been back with Andy Rubin for a little over a year now. In May of 2010 Duarte left shop at Palm to join Andy Rubin who he had worked with at Danger developing the UI for the Sidekick.
After the initial exchange TechCrunch followed up with Duarte asking him what Android device he was currently using. Duarte said the Nexus S and Chamillionaire agreed to try it out.
Oh and by the way if you’re doubting Chamillionaire’s Tech Credo Hakeem Seriki, aka “Chamillionaire” has invested in Y Combinator start ups Vidly and the ever so blog popular Disqus. In 2009 Seriki launched the Global Innovation Tournament at Stanford University.
So no he’s not just a rapper and I would be curious to get his opinion on the phones he uses and why