Heart-to-Heart: Chasity Cooksey Opens Up About Childhood, Path, and Music in Exclusive Interview

Chasity Cooksey, born on April 5, 1989, in Corsicana, TX, has woven a unique narrative shaped by both personal challenges and a profound musical journey. Raised by her great aunt Queenie, grandmother Ruby Faye, and late great grandmother Viola, Chasity found solace and expression in music at a tender age. The loss of her great grandmother Viola became a catalyst, compelling her to channel the pain and emotions into her music, adopting the stage name “Miss Tuddie.”

In elementary, Chasity Cooksey translated her struggles into poignant poetry, mirroring the complexity of her upbringing. Exploring the intersection of her ghetto upbringing and broken speech, she artfully crafted verses that resonated with the authenticity of her experiences. At the age of 8, she initiated her musical journey as a coping mechanism, using lyrics to navigate the challenges of feeling unaccepted and coping with familial losses.

As she matured, Chasity delved into her family’s history, discovering her 2nd generation mother’s tribulations with poverty, addiction, and loss. Inspired by these revelations, she adopted the name “Cocaine Ivy” between 2012-2013, symbolizing the shedding of tears akin to the ivory plant. Amidst a backdrop of lies, including a pivotal moment where she disguised her gender during a phone call, Chasity grappled with her identity and sexuality, eventually embracing her truth at 26.

Her journey towards self-acceptance includes navigating through a web of lies, confessing truths, and seeking spiritual solace. Baptized at 15, she embarked on a closer spiritual walk after discovering a great uncle deceased, a pivotal moment that deeply impacted her spiritual journey.

This narrative, aptly named “Broken Language,” reflects Chasity’s commitment to correcting her truths and sharing her life, spirituality, and music with the world.

“Evamentry,” Chasity’s debut album under the aliases Tuddie and Cocaine Ivy, serves as a journey for spiritual healing. Addressing universal struggles, the album aims to guide listeners back to truth. Chasity reflects on flaws in the prison system, expressing gratitude for avoiding law enforcement entanglements. The music system’s flaws inspired her to share her story with God’s guidance. Despite past transgressions, “Evamentry” is a historic album for all. Chasity advocates for understanding and extend love, peace, and blessings to those in the darkness of truth.

We at Urban Hotness had the opportunity to sit down with Chasity for an interview, delving into her journey and music. Check it out below.

Q: In what ways has your childhood, marked by pain and feelings of unacceptance, shaped the themes in your music, particularly in “Miss Tuddie” and “Cocaine Ivy”?  

A: The exact relation to trauma and the rejection of failure at a certain degree brought and brings a sense of rebellion toward the destruction of a particular flow of hustle and/or wisdom.

Q: In “Evamentry,” you express a desire for higher understanding for all, including those who may have committed crimes. What message do you hope your audience takes away from your music, and what conversations do you hope it sparks in society?

A: I look forward to displacement, standing in the correct nature and/or shadow. I pray that the f*cked up part of society is sparked with its correct sense of honesty.

Q: As a mentor to others, what advice would you offer to individuals facing similar struggles in finding their authentic selves?

A: To let nature’s course study alongside human nature, as to believe human nature and nature are by sight and by hearing, including at the time of the reversal of a course and/or courses. Ref: Romans 10:17.

Q: “Evamentry” is described as a spiritual healing and cleansing of the universe. How did you approach creating an album with such a profound purpose, and what impact do you hope it has on listeners who may relate to the struggles you’ve faced?

A: Heading deeper into creating this album, the album “Evamentry” connects with question number 2 outside of question number one. Scars heal at different rates; the Bible dissolves in certain places according to different cultures and/or agony, etc. So “Evamentry” was meant to be a broom and/or apostle and/or teacher to a ruler set for and to society.

Q: How do you navigate the fine line between sharing personal experiences and maintaining a sense of universality in your music?

A: By using explanation toward a certain understanding or misunderstanding.

Q: As the owner of Press Board Santiago, how does the record label contribute to the broader mission of expressing truth and addressing societal issues through music?

A: Belief in the law and disbelief in the law and/or nature sets apart Press Board Santiago’s contribution to the mission of expression and social issues.

Q: Are there any specific projects or initiatives from Press Board Santiago that align with your vision for promoting honesty and awareness?

A: The Holy Bible is the first initiative from my perspective as Tuddie and a previous experience of hustle and/or learning. The definition of hustle is motive and/or leverage to learn higher and to work less unintelligently.

Q: What kind of connection do you hope to establish with your audience through the stories and messages presented in “Sister Harlem” and “Evamentry”?

A: In Prayer, I hope the connection from these two albums establishes trust and an established connection of leadership and/or mentorship on both sides, creating a magnetic growth. Ref-Psalms 92:12-14