Former Roc-A-Fella member Young Chris has stepped forward to address Peedi Crakk‘s claim that Jay-Z intentionally “stole” his rapping style.
Chris claims that during his time at the Roc there was a family-like unity.
“It’s family, we all in the family,” he explained in an interview. “We work off each other’s vibes. That’s how some of our best, best records came out. You gotta think when we was in the studio at the time it’s pressure. Everybody that’s in there gets busy, from me to Peedi to muthaf*ckin’ Beans to Jay, Freeway, and it was like really a lyrical war in there. So when I say steel sharpens steel, I just mean we all fed off each other…Everybody got their own opinions and all that sh*t…You know I can’t get around it evidently right. I just tell people, quality and quantity, as long as I keep delivering, I’ma get past the comparisons. I think I’ll be alright out here.” (XXL Mag)
Peedi’s controversial remarks about Jay made headlines yesterday (May 19).
“I want to clarify that [Jay] doesn’t steal anyone’s songs,” he said, “He steals swag, ideas, concepts–whatever you want to call it…Jay doesn’t just straight-up jack you for a song. He’s just smooth with it. You ever listen to Young Chris rap and then go back and listen to Jay? You almost start to scratch your head. The old Jay-Z never rapped like that. That’s Young Gunners flow to the tee. There are actually people that don’t know that that [the whisper rap] was [Chris’] flow. I don’t understand why Jay don’t just say that he got the swag from the young bull…Jay has no swag of his own. He has no natural cool n*gga style. But at the end of the day he has his own path to craft just like we all do and I’m all about making sure my path is full of positivity and creativity.” (XXL Mag)
Last February, Chris said Hov suggested he take a solo route for his career.
“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 finishedBrothers From Another, I’ve basically been working on it.” (Choke No Joke)
Chris recently spoke on the motivation Jay creates in 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)
Check out a recent Young Chris interview below: