Chris Webby Eyes Breakthrough Success
This week’s Artist to Watch hails from Norwalk, Connecticut, a label he proudly wears with the impending release of his EP “Homegrown.” Although the Constitution State isn’t typically known for producing MCs, Chris Webby proves himself the exception to the rule. He grew up studying the disruptive rhymes of Eminem, an artist he’ll always draw comparisons to simply because he’s a white rapper. Webby is poised to dismiss any preconceptions, however, as he sheds the label of mixtape rapper, and becomes an artist.
There’s no doubt Chris Webby knows the Marshall Mathers LP from front to back; his rapid-fire delivery pays homage to Eminem, yet he prefers a much different approach. Webby flows over mellow beats, to the point where you can almost smell the marijuana vapor leaking out of your speakers.
Over the past few years, he’s honed his craft by releasing seven mixtapes and an EP that charted on the Billboard 200, and he’s also collaborated with some notable names like Mac Miller, Big K.R.I.T. and Method Man. While Chris Webby’s relentless work ethic cements him as a mixtape veteran (his last one crashed the DatPiff servers), his sights are set on achieving mainstream success.
With that, Webby’s signed his imprint, Homegrown Music, onto the eOne Music label, and he seems to have high hopes for the deal, stating “Homegrown Music will be my G-Unit, Shady Records, GOOD Music.” In the past, he’s voiced his hesitation to sign under another rapper out of the fear of being overshadowed, so instead, the Connecticut rapper aims to make it on his own. It’s the same pride that’s driven him to remain so prolific, and the growth his rapping has shown since he entered the scene is a testament to that.
Recently, Chris Webby dropped the single “Down Right” from his upcoming EP; it’s an announcement that, finally, he’s arrived. Webby tears into the wobbling beat accented with piano keys, denouncing critics and “whack rappers.” The rapper is primed for the breakthrough he’s been waiting for since he pored over the techniques of his idols as a kid, and now he’s made them all his own.
“Homegrown” is out October 29th, and a studio debut is slated for February 2014. If you’re anything like us, you’re surely wondering about live shows, but don’t worry, we hear whispers of a Fall tour. Stay tuned.
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Article by Nicolas White