Guest Star: "I've Done Tracks W/ Freeway & Prodigy But It Took A While To Get Here"
Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 12:45AM
[After an eventful, star-studded South by Southwest adventure this month, SOHH is highlighting urban music's rising stars from the music festival and letting them reflect on their journey from a regional buzz to national acclaim. In this exclusive series, we're connecting with artists who "Started From the Bottom." Today, Connecticut spitter Chris Webby details his rise from the local scene to touring the country as a performing artist.]
What sort of grind does it take to go from the local scene to a national forefront?
I been rapping for about 14 years. Not to downplay anybody or sound like a "hater," but there's a lot of rappers that are coming out right now that have not been rapping for all that long. Which is cool, but I've been rapping for almost half my life so when it comes to technique and the specifics of things I've been working a long time at perfecting it. I started in the sixth grade, rapping at the lunch table. In high school I honed my freestyle skills, which ended up being a pivotal point for me. I released four mixtapes before putting out the one that most people know, which is The White Noise LP.
Tell us about your rise and particularly what performing at an event like this means to you.
As far as Hip Hop, South by Southwest just gets bigger and bigger. This is my fourth year going and I've collaborated with a lot of artists afterward that I met down there. I actually met Jon Connor at South by Southwest last year and we're doing a collaboration project together. As of right now, we're working on our solo sh*t, but we're gonna be working on this project this year. We have this song called "World on Fire" that is one of the craziest songs I have ever heard. It's gonna be serious. Me and Jon come from different worlds but we've gone through a lot of similar situations in this industry that has taught us both a lot. The first year was a learning experience. But it's crazy to see from then when nobody knew who the f*ck I was, to this year getting a lot of recognition.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
That is hard to say ... in hip hop, Eminem is my favorite rapper, but I wouldn't even say that because, like, that would be too crazy. But if it ever happened, God bless it.
Which rap crew would you join and why? [CHOICES: MMG, G.O.O.D. Music, Roc Nation, Young Money]
That's a very good question. I've always kinda seen myself as the odd man out, kinda like a lone wolf. Style wise, I don't think I would fit in certain places there, but maybe creatively I would say G.O.O.D. Music because I definitely think they give a lot of creative room. They have someone like Kid Cudi, who's not an artist who relies on singles, but good music in general.
Tell us about your first major artist cosign.
It was not until recently, really. I've had a bunch of people say I was dope, but nobody was quick to cosign for real, because My music ... you gotta kinda get acquainted to it. The first person who was really like, "F*** you guys, this is my dude" was Apathy from Connecticut. He's an underground legend and there's plenty of people who don't know who he is, but I've been listening to him since middle school but to come from such a small town and for him to be the only really big fish, that definitely meant a lot. From there, there's plenty of cosigns. I've done tracks with Freeway, Prodigy ... I know a bunch a rappers now, but it took a while to get here.
Chris Webby (Christian Webster) is an up-and-coming rapper from the suburbs of Fairfield County, Connecticut. In just over a year and a half, Webster has released 6 full-length mixtapes, all freely available at datpiff.com. Chris has differentiated himself from similar acts in the new hip-hop/frat rap genre through his detailed attention to wordplay. Recognized by the number of tattoos covering his body, most of which pertain to video games or to aspects of 90's culture (including Mortal Kombat, Mario Bros, TMNT, and Transformers), Webster's devoted fans are proudly known as "Ninjas."
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