News: Young Chris Says Jay-Z Told Him To Go Solo, "Hov Came To Me W/ The Idea" [Video]
Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 11:00AM
State Property's Young Chris recently denied reports of breaking away from his partner in rhymes Young Neef and said Jay-Z suggested he pursue a solo career.
According to Chris, the solo idea came about during the release of Young Gunz's 2005 album, Brothers From Another.
"It's Now Or Never man, that's the title of my new album," Chris revealed in an interview. "One half of the Young Gunz, Young C. Nah, [Neef] ain't quit, he ain't quit, never that. Hov came to me with the idea, when we were working on Brothers From Another. He said after this one, do your solo joint so after we finished Brothers From Another, I've basically been working on it." (Choke No Joke)
Chris recently spoke on the motivation Jay brings to him.
"The influence he had on me is substantial," Chris said in an interview. "That man is just the best that ever did it. He's just inspiration and motivation just to see how he work today. The wealth he at, just lets me know I have to stay at it. It's a grind, got a long way to go man. That man's a multi-millionaire and still goes in. Business. [He'll continue rapping] 'til he drop. Jay got it man, he can do whatever he want man. He runs this town. He's still got it. He's still got it man, that's my boy. You know what it is, he's the best at it. So the expectations are set high, sometimes you're set up for failure 'cause people are expecting the best. Then they compare it to the old Jay...He's seen more, he's experienced culture. People stuck in time 'cause they don't go nowhere." (Rugah TV)
He also said plans to drop a follow-up to Brothers From Another were being made.
"Paper work is everything, so due to the split up with Def Jam, it's taken longer for the deal to happen," Chris said in an interview about their third group project. "Right now we have a deal on the table and it's a toss up between Roc Nation and Interscope... Wherever I go Jay-Z and Mark Ronson are executive producing it together. So that's a great balance." (VIBE)
Chris previously said Def Jam restrictions would not initially allow him to follow Jay-Z when he left his post at the label in 2008.
"That's my man, that's my man," Chris said in an interview. "I spoke with Jay the other day, not on the phone, over e-mail. It was in his contract when he left the label Def Jam, he couldn't take none of us with him, no artists with him, so that explains why I'm not signed to Roc Nation right now. But that's my man. When we see each other, we might talk about the music sh*t, but at the end of the day he's asking about the boys, how the fam, how the people's doing back in the city. What's up with him, what's up with that. I'm asking him for direction. We always been [good] -- same relationship as before." (Culture VI)
Check out Young Chris' interview below: