Back after his 2018 "retirement," C10 preps for the release of his new album

Columbus native Chad E. Tennant, also known as rapper C10, recently received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and plans to teach for Columbus City Schools. When C10 isn’t in a classroom, he’s recording music, performing live onstage or bringing the funny with Affirmative Distraction, an all-brown improv comedy group. This week, C10 is hosting an album listening party for Sike, I Lied, the first record he’s released since discussing his “retirement” with Alive in 2018. The listening party takes place Downtown at the Pelican Room at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. Here are a few things he loves.

Columbus Africentric School

Columbus’ Africentric School started out as a proposal in 1993 from my father, Charles E. Tennant. Now, the school, which recently relocated to a 55-acre, $42 million campus, has been open more than 20 years. I remember watching my father work around the clock on his proposal. I also remember my father receiving phone calls from buttholes who would say extremely negative, racist things and then hang up. It was crazy. But today, seeing the proud students is a reward in itself. I just smile and think, “My father created this.” I also love the dynasty the Lady Nubians have built, with seven state titles in 11 years. Not too bad, if you ask me.

Affirmative Distraction

I’m honored to be a part of such an amazing, all people of color improv group: Affirmative Distraction, named by Mark Hale and created by Joseph Moorer. I never thought I was a funny person until I learned the craft of improv from Moorer. We started in 2018 and had a total of seven shows. We sold them all out and moved to a bigger venue for 2019. Our shows are always on the last Thursday of every month. Check out the Affirmative Distraction Facebook page for updates. And, oh yeah, we are extremely funny.

Express for Men

I stay in this store on a weekly basis looking for new threads. I love the material and the fit of the clothes. I’m in there so much, I often wish I’d bump into Les Wexner so that he’d offer me a modeling contract and I could receive free merchandise. My obsession with the brand is so excessive that I’ve applied numerous times for a part-time job just to stay up on the latest threads.

Fly sneakers

Everyone has a vice, and mine is definitely fly sneakers. Right now, I’m really feeling those “Cactus Jack” Travis Scott Air Jordan’s. I was actually lucky enough to purchase the high- and low-top “Cactus Jack” Travis Scott 1’s. They haven’t even come out of the box yet. These are so fly I’d wear them to my wedding. I’m also feeling the Nike Adapt BB’s. What I love about these is the auto-lacing technology. I always wanted a pair of auto-lacing sneakers since the day I watched “Back to the Future Part II.”

Sike, I Lied

This is my latest project recorded with Tha Audio Unit. It will be available on CD on Saturday, Aug. 17, and then digitally on Friday, Aug. 30. I had just graduated from Ohio State when I was contacted by Jack Burton (aka AU) to create a joint album. With school out of the way, I was able to focus completely on making music with one of my favorite producers in the city.