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Artists who blow up whereas they’re younger are inclined to have a troublesome time adjusting to fame, however yvngxchris was born for this. After solely a yr of correct recording expertise, the Virginia rapper born Christian Williams would expertise his first actual style of viral success with the one “bitch im joe biden,” a breathless show of bars each humorous and menacing. The tune exploded when he was simply 16 and attending faculty nearly, however he was instantly able to reap the advantages. “I couldn’t wait to get to high school so I might get the eye,” he tells Audiomack. “If I obtained all this consideration, I’ma journey this bitch.”
Chris grew up listening to everybody from Ski Masks The Droop God and Pusha T to Mary J. Blige however didn’t take into consideration making music himself till he noticed the video for Lil Wayne’s “A Milli”: “I used to be drawn to the approach to life. I used to be like, ‘Bruh, n***as can earn money off this?’” That way of life was all it took for Chris to begin recording by means of iPhone earbuds, mutating the kinds of rappers like XXXTENTACION and Comethazine right into a relentless movement fully his personal. VIRALITY, his debut mission for Columbia Data, is a primer for this movement and magnificence, populated with the kind of bludgeoning beats (“Forrest Gump,” “DAMN HOMIE”) that helped him standout.
Filled with kinetic vitality, he’s already began to develop his scope. A handful of the final songs on VIRALITY—like “Giig” and “Purple Lyte”—experiment with new pulsing sounds. Closing monitor “Serenity (Letter to X)” glides by on a rap-R&B hybrid of a beat produced by Dylvinci that sees Chris revisit the day he discovered XXXTENTACION was killed throughout an tried theft in 2018. The eagerness and affect is obvious, and it’s one thing Chris needs to go onto his followers as he prepares for the following chapter of his profession: “I really feel like I’ve had a loopy come-up—I got here from recording off my headphones to signing to a fucking label, bruh. The probabilities are limitless.”
I used to be listening to “bitch im joe biden” earlier and love the parallels between that and Lil B’s “Bitch I’m Invoice Clinton.” Was Lil B somebody you listened to loads rising up?
Not even, bro. I really feel like I simply obtained hip to Lil B. I began trying out a pair songs after which I got here throughout “Bitch I’m Invoice Clinton.” Once I did, it was over, bro. I believed that beat was insane—I had to make use of it. I knew I used to be gonna use it for a tune. Lil B is an enormous inspiration. I haven’t met him in particular person, however I’ve texted him a pair occasions and he looks like an actual real n***a, bruh.
What did he let you know?
I actually despatched him “bitch im joe biden” and he stated, “yo that is hearth,” and I used to be like, “Yooo, I fuck with you Lil B.” It was cool as fuck truthfully.
You grew up being influenced by artists like XXXTENTACION and Ski Masks The Droop God. When did you first go from listening to rap to actively desirous to make it?
I feel it actually occurred on the similar time. I used to be like, “Bruh, n***as can earn money off this?” I used to be drawn to the approach to life. I used to be watching Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” video and he walked outta his trailer and stated, “Nah this n***a too onerous, bro.” As soon as I discovered about all that, it was a wrap. All of it kinda occurred in unison.
Once I first began, I believed I used to be onerous however I actually simply seemed like an X clone. This was 2016—I had my first little mic and recording software program. I wrote down some lyrics and shit and recorded on the “YuNg BrAtZ” instrumental. That tune won’t ever be on any DSPs, none of that. That shit was trash. However on the time, I believed I used to be the best, and that’s the way you gotta be. The phrases actually simply flew outta me.
You began recording music off your cellphone whilst you have been nonetheless in center faculty. What was your first response to that recording course of if you would play these early songs again?
Bruh, I knew all these songs have been gonna be hits. Once I made “Kyrie Irving,” I knew I wanted to get all my n***as on this shit. Shout out to these boys, I nonetheless fuck with them to at the present time. I had solely recorded the hook for “Blood On The Leaves” and I already knew that was successful simply after I had launched the snippet on TikTok.
You by no means formally launched “Blood On The Leaves” however it’s been inescapable for all the yr. Is there a purpose why you by no means put it out?
I couldn’t get the pattern cleared. However the tune is insanely huge now. I generally neglect how huge it’s. Individuals simply be scrolling TikTok round me and I hear them taking part in it close to me and that’s wild.
“bitch im joe biden” and “Blood On The Leaves” was the one-two punch combo that ushered you into fame whilst you have been nonetheless in class. What was it like adjusting to that stage of notoriety whilst you have been nonetheless in class?
I ain’t gon’ lie, that shit was fairly lit. I used to be doing on-line class and shit, so I couldn’t wait to get to high school so I might get the eye. When faculty got here round, I used to be taking photos with freshman. That shit was loopy. Somebody tried to struggle me as soon as, however I ignore that kind shit. Everyone else, it was straight love. I’ll be with my associates and somebody will come as much as me and ask if I’m yvngxchris. Their favourite factor to say is “I do know that ain’t yvngxchris” [laughs]. If I obtained all this consideration, I’ma journey this bitch.
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You began out recording songs to your software program and even recorded them straight to your cellphone. How do you file songs now?
I’m often in my room off FL Studio, however this week I’m in LA. Each time I’m in LA or New York, I’m at all times within the studio. I used to hate recording within the studio. I used to solely be snug recording on my own, in my room, by myself vibe. However you gotta step exterior the field generally and begin getting extra snug with the studio.
Why have been you extra snug recording by your self?
Simply because I used to be snug. I didn’t wanna get out of my consolation zone, however I finally stepped outta that. My A&R be serving to me with that kind shit. Once I hit roadblocks on my own, I can’t go that. However he be tossing concepts backwards and forwards to me, in order that’s cool.
Contemplating your fast come-up, it’s fascinating that you simply determined to call your debut full-length mission VIRALITY. How did the mission initially come collectively?
I feel I knew it was time across the high of this yr. I referred to as it VIRALITY as a result of I used to be searching for an Instagram caption for an image final yr. This was across the time “Blood On The Leaves” was going viral as fuck. I used to be feeling myself and I believed to myself “What’s the phenomenon of being viral referred to as?”
I simply stated virality, despite the fact that I didn’t know whether or not it was a phrase or not. I seemed it as much as see if it was an actual phrase and it was. I made it my IG caption proper after. Since I had hella songs simply going viral, I finally determined to call the album VIRALITY. I simply needed to make a complete viral unskippable tape.
The again half of VIRALITY sees you taking part in round with some barely completely different sounds. They make for a pleasant distinction in opposition to your voice. How did you choose the beats for this album?
Shout out to Dylvinci, who produced each “Purple Lyte” and “Serenity.” I met Dylvinci a pair years in the past and he began sending me beats. I really feel like a lot of the tape was the outdated yvngxchris. I feel the latest songs on this tape are “DAMN HOMIE” and “SERENITY” However I needed them each to have completely different vibes, so I put some completely different shit in there. It was at all times gonna be a distinct sort of transition in “RED LYTE” however I made it extra R&B and delightful and soulful.
As for selecting beats, I used to be simply getting beats outta my e mail. “Forrest Gump” was produced by Finlince, who additionally produced my tune “do you know,” which is how we met.
On “Serenity,” you pay tribute to a number of completely different rappers who handed away with sturdy legacies intact, together with XXXTENTACION, Nipsey Hussle, and Pop Smoke. Now that you simply’ve dropped your debut album, what would you like your legacy to be?
I need the yvngxchris legacy to be about me going from being an everyday younger child who went to high school and obtained good grades and was planning to go to school and having an everyday life to being a celebrity in a pair years. It’s all include gradual buildups and gradual development. You gotta wait your flip.
I wanna encourage the youngsters, make folks comfortable, and get extra versatile and faucet additional into myself. On my subsequent album, I wanna dive extra into myself and my story. I hope that influences folks to get extra into themselves.
One of many songs on [VIRALITY] known as “Giig” and the definition of that’s “get it in gang.” I simply love when niggas working onerous, so I hope my story can affect folks to rise up off their ass and be a very good particular person.
I like seeing artists such as you and redveil actually leaning into that type of positivity to encourage folks to do higher, albeit in numerous methods. The place do you see rap music going from the 2020s and past?
Weirder beats, for certain. I really feel like much less lyrical substance—means much less lyrical substance. I really feel prefer it’s been that means since 2016 however it’s solely gotten worse. Everybody’s loving it, although. It’s a complicated factor.
I’m hoping shit strikes in the fitting route. I’ve seen violence is being talked about much less now. I hope that continues sooner or later. I speak about it, however I’ve attempting to get away from the violence in my music. That shit is actual, bro. Niggas really die over that shit.