Chen Lo

Chen Lo

 New York City, New York, USA
BandHip HopSoul

No frills artist with conscious, thought provoking lyrics . An NYU masters graduate who now has become a peer moderator/teacher to students. A humanitarian, making trips to South Africa to educate youth overseas on topics including HIV knowledge and prevention. has performed w/ Common,The Roots, etc


Chenits Pettigrew (b/k/a Chen Lo) has been preparing for the opportunity to serve his entire life. He has always stood to use his individual gifts, skills and talents to enhance the wellbeing of his community. At 28, he is fortunate to have found his purpose and voice at an early age. His mission is simple: use music as a tool to empower communities toward relevant and practical change. As an artist, activist, teacher, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Chen Lo is moving to approach this mission from several directions.

The Artist

Chen Lo uses his skill as an emcee in the spirit of West African oral traditions adding a contemporary relevance: “he swings a double-edged sword to entertain you and teach you.” After closely studying the methods of a young Nas, Black Moon and The Roots, Chen found stage life at the age of 15. He has shared the stage with the likes of The Roots, Dead Prez, Common, Erykah Badu, KRS-ONE, Brand Nubian, Amanda Diva, A Tribe Called Quest, Xzibit and has done work with Abiodun Oyewole of the legendary Last Poets. Chen Lo's hit single "Brooklyn," was chosen as the lead single for the "Blackout" motion picture soundtrack (a BET feature film). The video has been featured on BET'S 106 & Park and Rap City as well as various MTV Networks (MTV2, mtvU) and shows (YO! MTV Raps, The Lab, The Freshman). Furthermore, his artistic proficiency has led mainstream entities like MTV to request his services in various commercial campaigns.

Inspired by serious racial turmoil while attending Penn State University (1999-2001) Lo recognized that music is a powerful method to move a message, raise awareness and motivate people to action. Through an organization Chen Lo co-founded, Sankofa Community Empowerment, Inc., he was able to use his music as a tool for culturally relevant and socially practical education for black youth in various major cities...this is his passion. In fact he has developed and implemented a Hip Hop Education Series called Creative Liberation that has run successfully in Pittsburgh, PA and Brooklyn, NY. The curriculum balances a historical analysis of black music from the West African Griot to Hip Hop culture with the technical aspects of writing, recording, performing and marketing purposeful products. Recently receiving an interdisciplinary Master’s from New York University in Art and Social Change has only served to increase Chen Lo’s level of expertise in this area of service.

In addition, Chen Lo has been working with an organization called Project Africa Global (PAG). PAG, a dedicated group of healthcare professionals that has conducted medical missions to the African continent for almost ten years, tapped Chen Lo to co-coordinate its annual AfricAmerica Youth Summit in Swaziland. Chen employs various creative arts including music/poetry, dance, visual arts and theater to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, while imploring the youth toward tangible change. He has also done art education and youth empowerment work in Senegal with the Seed Academy.

Chen Lo has always been concerned with generating resources in various forms (economic, material and human) and maintaining a level of self-sufficiency and independence. It is an ideology vital in achieving his goals. Making this theory practical, Chen Lo and a close partner have formally established a multimedia “inner-tainment” company called Liberation Music Group (LMG), LLC., which specializes in cultural expressions with a purpose through music, events, media (LMGTV) and merchandise. LMG is seeking to make a significant impact with its various cultural product offerings.


The Biggest Secret Mixtape 2007
"Brooklyn" ft Damaja D and Mo Betta Blues (Movie Sountrack Single) 2008
"Drifter" ft. Whosane 2009
"Threats" Jean Grae ft. Chen Lo 2008
"The Inkwell" Mixtape" 2009
"ABC's" Remix K'naan ft. Chen Lo

Set List

Typical 30 min set:
Soldier Remix (cover)
Gotta Get It
No Music_Drums/percussion only
Make it Funky JB Cover
Find My Love
Scenario Cipher (cover)