It’s only been a matter of months since we featured Chris Webby as our “Artist to Watch.” Since then, he has continued to explode in the rap scene, and has now become an artist you’re simply missing out on if you’re not listening to him. On Thursday night, Webby tore down the house at the TLA in Philadelphia.
Chris Webby Treats Dedicated Fanbase to a Wild Show
Chris Webby is currently in the midst of his “Homegrown Tour,” supporting his November release of the same name. The TLA was packed tight with his “ninjas” – as he commonly refers to his fans. It appeared as though every fan was wearing some form of Webby merch, or at least lining up to purchase a shirt or hat. I’ve been to a lot of concerts over the past year, but this night displayed some of the most hardcore, passionate fans I’ve seen in a long time. Webby has grown his massive fanbase through a genuine online presence and a commitment to his roots. In Philly last week, fans returned the love.
By the time the Connecticut native took the stage, the crowd was riled up with anticipation. DJ Semi accompanied Webby on stage, along with his drummer, Ryan Sasloe. It’s rare to see a rapper backed up by a live drumkit, but it put the performance on a whole other level – the trio was dynamic throughout the entire night. They were also proud to display their love of Ishkabibble’s cheesesteaks (located across from the venue), as Sasloe happily rocked their sweatshirt.
Chris Webby played through most of the tracks off Homegrown, including the widely popular singles “Do Like Me” and “Down Right.” At one point, he told the crowd he’d get to the older stuff, and much of the delight of the “ninjas,” he played a crowd favorite, “La La La.”
While Chris Webby constantly flows about weed and girls (and made mention of this during the night), he also digs deeper into tracks about the struggles of his life and trying to make it as an artist. He got to these tracks as the set continued, including “Bar for Bar” and “Rap Nemesis.” One thing is for sure, Webby’s attention to wordplay is as good, if not better, than most rappers today.
After the show, I was able to sit through Webby’s interview with a local radio DJ. The one thing I took away is that Chris Webby is just a normal, down-to-earth person full of motivation. He isn’t about the “bling” and fame – he’s about the music and his fans. Webby’s name is already shining on the rap radar, as he proves to have some of the most diverse flows in the industry, and he’s only getting bigger. He’s consistently working hard and proving people wrong, all while perfecting the quality of his music. It’s amazing to think he’s come from an independent label and gained fans all on his own; now, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing his name everywhere. Move over, Eminem.
Article by Erika Reinsel