Interview by Christian Silvestri for The Higher Plane
Intro written and interview edited by MK for The Higher Plane
For those unfamiliar with up and coming East Coast rapper Chris Webby, it may be time to get familiar. With over 8 million views on YouTube, the young Connecticut rapper has been blazing a his trail all over the Eastern seaboard, and his latest release, Best in the Burbs shut down Dat Piff on the day of its release.
From getting booted out of school to working with producers Ski Beatz and Statik Selektah, Webby’s story is an interesting one for sure. While some may call his raps and subject matter bizarre, the MC is certainly passionate about his craft as he looks to build his ‘Ninja’ fan base throughout the US. Now, let’s hear more from the man himself.
THP: For all our followers, fill them in on who you are and how long have you been doing this music thing.
Chris Webby: My name is Christian Webster. I’m better known in the hip-hop community as Chris Webby. I’m from Connecticut and Norwalk specifically. I been doing this shit for a long time time. I been doing this since I was in sixth grade.
THP: When did you realize rapping was really the career path you wanted to pursue?
Chris Webby: Well, I kind of always lived in my own little fantasy World where everything was going to work out regardless, so I always thought I was going to be a rapper. Everyone else just thought I was crazy, and now I think everybody else is crazy so there you go.
THP: As a white rapper you are going to get comparisons to Asher Roth, Sam Adams, Yelawolf and sometimes Eminem. What do you feel sets you appear from them?
Chris Webby: Well, I really try to stay true to myself and just have fun with it because it is always something I have been passionate about. I really just do whatever I like to do, and lucky for me, other people fuck with it so that’s how been rocking.
Obviously, there are some differences between me and those other guys. I am possibly the goofiest and most bizarre with the shit I rap about like cartoons and video games and all that shit. Dude, I just have a good time with it.
THP: Outside of Eminem, what other rappers did you look to for inspiration over the years as you were coming up?
Chris Webby: Well, I have a wide variety of musical influences. I grew up listening to classic rock so I’ve always had a pretty wide range of music I’ve listened too. I fuck with reggae. I fuck with house music, and obviously, hip-hop is my favorite genre.
Who else did i look up to? I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again just cause it really was the album that got me started rapping. It was Dr. Dre’s Chronic 2001. That was honestly my shit, but back then I used to listen to a lot of Dre, Eminem and Xzibit when he was on point. He used to have some fucking jams. You know shit that was really popular then.
Then I got into underground rap for a little bit like Jedi Mind Tricks and Non-Phixion and all those cats. After listening to all different kinds of hip-hop, I tried to find my own style and run with it.
THP: When you hear people listening to your music, what do you want them to take away from it?
Chris Webby: I want them to take away whatever emotion is put into that particular song. I get misconstrued a lot by people saying all he raps about is weed, partying, bitches and shit. Which I do, granted, rap about. I’m not gonna lie because that is the shit that I enjoy.
I really made an effort especially with this last mixtape to bring in other emotions, and really let you know there is more than just a one-sided artist behind the mic. There is a lot of shit going on so songs like ‘Crashing Down,’ ‘The Rain’ and ‘Almost There’ that are on the new tape that kind of let you know the other side of having a good time.