New York, United States
'''Charles Coffey Buko'' (born July 2, 1984), known by his stage name '''C-HU$TLE''' and formerly '''C-HU$T''', is an American recording artist, songwriter, record producer, actor and stylist. He began independently releasing music in 2000 and now collaborates with producer M. Millionés, keyboardist Cas Weinbren, and drummer Sickabod.
He has gained a significant online fanbase. He has released two 'official' mixtapes one EP and seven underground albums, (none on a major record label). The YouTube link to Buko's 2011 sardonic parody remix "Bin Laden Back" was re-tweeted by Meek Mill (artist responsible for the remix's original "Tupac Back"), instantly garnering thousands of views before vanishing off YouTube without a trace or explanation other than transparency it was by no effort of Buko's or Hit-A-Lik Entertainment.
C-HU$TLE released his debut EP ''The Charles Buko EP" July 2, 2010, which contained the Street "Anthem" Trap Like ME.
==Early life and influences==
Buko was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended Tappan Middle School Pioneer High School (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and Father Gabriel Richard High School (where he was President of his class).
After living in Europe and Asia Buko temporarily settled in Las Vegas (attending Mendoza Elementary School) before returning to Ann Arbor in 1993. Once back in Michigan Buko spent nearly every weekend at his Grandmother's house in Lincoln Park, Michigan as his pre-teen (and adolescent) years were riddled with behavioral problems.
C-HU$TLE was 11 when he started writing lyrics. At this age, his friends and he would freestyle before basketball games at Tappan Middle School.
===2002–2007: Czar Entertainment and MTV===
After moving out on his 18th birthday, Buko founded Hit-A-Lik Entertainment signing Dotoz and Young Frizz while creating music with Drew Money and Mikey Millions.
At 19 Buko moved to New York City in pursuit of rap music. Spotted at a Manhattan talent showcase in 2005 by K.D. Wilson (sister of Bryce Wilson – Czar Entertainment) Wilson arranged for Buko’s first single “Runnin’ Game” to be produced by Spot “Speez” Henchmen (King Day/Czar Entertainment).
In 2006 Buko moved to Purchase, NY to finish his B.A. in Media, Society & The Arts at The State University of New York. While at SUNY Buko created, produced, hosted and directed (the most popular program in the history of Purchase Television) The Charles Buko Show.
In 2007 Buko appeared on MTV’s Total Request Live in a freestyle battle against Philadelphia rapper Tone Trump. Declared the winner by Cipha Sounds; youtube “fame” ensued.
===2007–2010: SUNY Purchase and The Charles Buko EP series===
In 2008 Buko demolished the competition in front of a 600 person crowd at Manhattanville College. The battle was judged by Boston MC Termanology. Buko became known for his freestyle ability and sardonic punchlines. He remains unbeaten during his professional career.
In 2009 Hit-A-Lik Vice President (and Chief Financial Officer) John O’Brien sponsored a collaborative album between Buko, Drew Money and M. Millionés. Beginning work in Miami’s South Beach studios – early 2009. The recordings created would become Buko’s first original album release – The Charles Buko EP. The summer single “Ride With A Pimp” (produced by M. Millioés) received some college radio-air-play and the trio also made waves with the street anthem “Trap Like Me” (produced by Drew Money).
===2010–present: ''Rob A Bank'' and "Bin Laden Back"===
In 2010 Jack Appelt provided Garden City detectives with “accomplice testimony” incriminating Buko in a Cocaine transaction. Despite the case being a glaring and clear example of entrapment; Buko’s legal cohorts (John O’Brien and Ron Eden) were either unwilling or too incompetent to represent him and he was subsequently incarcerated in Nassau County Jail. Since his incarceration Buko has been sober and focused solely on music. In 2012 Buko released the 4th mixtape (since his MTV-TRL appearance in 2006) #TrapIV – “The Memoir Of Carlos San Clamente”
The mixtape was unequivocally reviewed as Buko’s best work. #TrapIV features (former/current) Roc-A-Fella & Stadium Red super-producer Just Blaze as well as American Idol’s Erin Christine and is available now for free download at hitalik.com
Coffey was a featured artist in VICE/Noisey/Raps online (Summer 2013) and was also the headline opener on the (Chicago Leg of the) Mobb Deep Reunion Tour in 2013. VICE Editor Alan LaPointe called Coffey "the best white rapper in Brooklyn."
==Tours and performances==
C-HU$TLE has opened shows for Too $hort, Zion I, One Be Lo, DJ Quik, Twista, AZ and Cormega.
Buko (periodically) hosts TVPEDEXK Friday's at The Little Fox as Rappin' DJ and is opening for DMX at The Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington Vermont June 29th.
Buko had one sibling; his brother, Matthew Timothy Buko, who was a high school Football star at Saline High School in Saline Michigan before enrolling in the United States Air Force. Matthew Timothy died tragically, October 2012 in a drowning accident in Banning, California. He was 44. Matthew Timothy is survived by his wife Tonya, three daughters (Emily, Madeline and Elizabeth) and his only son (Buko's nephew) James Matthew Buko.