Chris Webby is here to shake up the rap scene for 2018 and years to come. The below Freestyle from Sway in The Morning absolutely proved that he has a place on Sways legendary show, and a place in our diversified hip hop landscape.
But first, we sat down with Webby to learn more about his future projects, and what his processes are.
Where did you first get your start as a rapper? What were some of your first performances?
I wrote my first rap at like 11 years old and went by Liddle Webby. I just loved Hiphop and studied it endlessly as a kid. I had my Walkman with me and headphones on at all times. I knew this was what I wanted to do for a living even back then, and I was obsessed and fixated on making that dream a reality. I also had no idea how much goes into it, and my journey in particular has been a long and very difficult one. But I wouldn’t change a thing, every mistake I made helped build me into what I am today.
2009 was when I started actually getting paid to perform, doing sweet sixteen’s and bar mitzvah’s and shit. But the first time I really rocked a stage was in college when I won a rap contest and got to open for Lupe Fiasco on campus. That was the first time I had a real crowd in front of me, and even though I had no idea what I was doing, it felt amazing. Performing is a whole other talent, completely separate from being able to make music. I have a good 8 years of touring under my belt now though, and have learned a lot on my travels.
You’ve worked with a lot of artists like Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, and Prodigy to name a few. Who was your favorite artist that you collaborated with?
Working with the legends I grew up listening to is one of the dopest parts about my job. Cats like Prodigy (RIP), Method Man, Bun B, Talib and B Real were all cats that shaped the face of Hiphop, and it was an honor getting them on records of mine in the past.
Tech N9ne was specifically dope for me though, seeing as he’s the biggest independent artist in the genre. After he hopped on my track Ohh Noo, he invited me out to be his main opener on a 50 city tour. I learned a lot from that dude and his camp, and it was probably the craziest/most fun experience of my career thus far.
Do you draw inspiration from any other artists? If so, who?
To be honest, I don’t listen to very many new rappers. Most of them I wouldn’t even give the title of rapper too, because the empty, corporate fueled nature of their music is terrible in my opinion. I mostly listen to 90’s/early 2000’s Hiphop along with soul, classic rock, and reggae.
Shout to all the young emcees out there keeping a message in their music and refusing to bend the knee to the trends of today’s mainstream though. Our time is coming soon, I can feel it.
You’ve had a number of mixtapes over the years. What’s your favorite one and why?
My last album Wednesday is definitely my favorite complete project I’ve ever put together, and not just because it’s my newest. I think I’m finally finding my creative stride as an artist and learning what my role in the grand scheme of Hiphop is destined to be.
Aside from that, Webster’s Laboratory 1 & 2 were probably my favorite mixtapes out of my discography.
We always love to hear the process of artists in the studio. Walk us through a sesh…are you up all night recording? Coffee? Kush? How does Chris Webby record?
Well I’ve never been shy about admitting that I was diagnosed with pretty intense ADD when I was younger, and that I take Adderall most days to retain focus. I only take a small dosage, just enough to get the gears grinding upstairs. I wish I didn’t have to take that shit anymore to be honest, but I have a business to run and I need to be sharp.
Aside from that, I love me some espresso and marijuana to get the vibes right in my mental creative space. When it comes to weed in the studio, Sativa is always my preference.
I’ve actually been smoking a lot less weed in general the past year or so, but when I’m locked in week long studio sessions, I still burn it down quite a bit. Usually bowls, bongs, and bubblers though. I’ve been told that’s some real white boy shit. But I am a white boy, so I suppose that makes sense.
It seems like you’ve taken a bit of a break from music. What made you want to record again?
Taken a break? Starting in March of 2017 I dropped some form of content every single Wednesday of the year. Just taking a month or two right now to get my creative and business affairs in order and then I’ll be back to rapid fire releasing. I’m gonna do it differently release wise this year though. But regardless, it will be A LOT of content.
What can we expect from Chris Webby in 2018? Are you collaborating with any artists?
Just know that I’ve never been more focused than I am right now. I realize I’m finally being given an opportunity by the universe, and I plan to execute my next moves accordingly. I’ve been training for this moment for over half my life, and I’ll be releasing a slew of content to back up that claim. Just know that you’re going to be seeing a lot more of my face this year.