Chris Young The Rapper is a performer, producer, and songwriter born on July 30th, 1989 in Norfolk,VA and by the age of 4 he moved to San Diego, CA where he was raised. Young’s love for music truly took off in a Camden, NJ basement during the winter of 2001. While his DJ uncle spun tracks by the likes of Run DMC, LL Cool J, Jay Z, and T.I., Young tried his hand at freestyle rapping for the first time. The rhymes flowed naturally and the rest is history.
After a semester at the University of Arizona as a Philosophy major, Young decided instead to pursue his musical calling. He caught a ride to Los Angeles during the summer of 2008 with the vision of launching his hip hop career. With no money or a place to stay, a determined Young began booking his own shows, making his presence felt almost immediately. In September 2008, Young opened for Shwayze and Cisco Adler at the Rialto Theatre, in Tucson, AZ. Adler was blown away by Young’s impressive rapping skills and took him on a cross country tour with Shwayze, Tabi Bonney, Mickey Avalon, and more.
He released his project, Mood Swing EP, as a free download in April 2009 to critical acclaim. In August of that same year, Young signed to Cisco Adler’s Bananabeat Records, becoming the label’s premier artist. In January 2010, he released his mixtape 619 with Adler producing the opening single, “Stadium Rap.” Repping San Diego’s area code, the mixtape reflects Young’s hometown pride and showcases his smooth flow and fast rhymes.
Young contributed four songs to music man Adler’s epic 23-track mixtape, SUPERCALIFORNIALIPSTICKSEXYMAGICDOPESHIT, collaborating with Cobra Starship in the process. He recently released his sophomore mixtape, Valuepack, full of clever lyrics and killer beats. Young has performed with a range of heavy hitters, from Kid Cudi and Mike Posner, to Ying Yang Twins and Three 6 Mafia.
Currently, Young is focusing on releasing 1991, his debut EP on Bananabeat Records, and hitting the road in support of the new project. For more information and free downloads, please visit http://chrisyoungtheartist.com/.
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