Despite the fact that she has three million followers on Instagram, Chanel West Coast isn't quite a household name just yet. Yet being the operative word there. Chanel West Coast, real name Chelsea Chanel Dudley, is just getting started, people. Here's everything you need to know about the actress, rapper, and social media maven. Take notes.
She got her start on MTV.
Back in 2008, the now-29-year-old was introduced to television through Rob Dyrdek. The pair met through mutual friends and shortly after, he offered her a job on his show, Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, where she appeared for four seasons. Then, in 2011, Chanel appeared in Rob's other, more well-known show, Ridiculousness. In the show, she reviewed online videos with Rob and Sterling "Steelo" Brim.
She's a rapper.
Chanel, who also appeared in an episode of the MTV scripted series The Hard Times of RJ Berger, mainly focuses on her music career these days. In 2009, she started recording music with a few notable artists, such as Tiffanie Anderson. In 2012, Lil Wayne signed her to his label, Young Money Entertainment, and she began recording an album shortly after. In 2014, she released a few tracks online — one being "Miles and Miles."
She's feisty AF.
In 2015, the rapper was arrested at 1 OAK nightclub in Hollywood. The actress was held on a citizen's arrest after fighting with a girl inside the club until police showed up — and when they did show up, she reportedly proceeded to kick and punch the officers. Afterwards, Chanel was mocked online a bit for saying "Do you know who I am … I've been on TV for 17 seasons!" to authorities, according to video footage obtained by TMZ. Afterwards, she attempted to explain herself on social media, saying that "not everything we read is true."
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I stay smiling. No matter what. I've been through so much in my life and I have always managed to stay smiling and keep a positive outlook on life. People make mistakes, but we learn from them and we grow. I forgive anyone who has ever hurt me in anyway. I don't hold grudges. I continue to pursue my dreams and stay focused on my goals. If you have ever been in trouble or in a situation you couldn't control that affected your life in a negative way just know that you are not alone and stay focused on creating a better future for yourself. A lot of things are currently being said about me in the media that are completely false. I want my fans to know that not everything you read in the media is true and I want you all to know how much your continued love and support means to me! I appreciate all the positive comments more than words can describe 🙏🏼❤️
She recently joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.
A few months ago, it was announced that the Los Angeles native joined season four of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. Speaking exclusively to In Touch, Chanel said, "“It’s really cool to finally be on a show where I’m able to show more of my life and who I really am as a person. I’ve been on TV for years, but I’ve always been kind of a side character. And it hasn’t really shown my music at all. And being a part of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood — I’m showcasing my music and I am so excited about that." Us, too!
She may have beef with Nicki Minaj.
She's never gotten super specific, but in the past the starlet has alluded to the fact that she and Nicki Minaj have butt heads. When asked if she'd want to collaborate with the "Starships" singer, she exclusively told In Touch, “In the past, I would have said yes. I don’t know how much she wants to collaborate with me. But yeah, I’ve always been a fan of her music. I think it’s dope. If she wanted to collaborate with me, then sure.” OK, fiiine, she'll collaborate with Nicki Minaj.