Performing May 18
Christian Webster, commonly known as “Chris Webby,” is a 24 year-old hip-hop artist from Norwalk, CT that has been deemed an innovator and pioneer of new school hip-hop. Webby, first began honing his lyrical abilities in middle school, and soon realized that rapping could become more than hobby. Entering college, word of Webby quickly spread, becoming known for free-styling at local events and selling mix-tapes out of his trunk.
Over the past few years Webby has developed a grass roots fan-base of over 140,000 people in the US. Webby’s hard work and dedication to his craft has resulted in six mix-tapes, where he succeeded in crashing the website datpiff twice. He dropped his debut EP, There Goes The Neighborhood, on 12/1 which hit #1 within 24 hours on the iTunes hip-hop charts. Within the first week the Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard charts revealed Webby as the #1 Top New Artist, There Goes The Neighborhood debuted as the #8 Rap Album, #101 on the Billboard Top 200 and #13 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Over the summer, Webby hit the road for a nationwide tour where he sold out shows all over the country, including Highline Ballroom in New York and the Key Club in Los Angeles, which further solidified him as a major contender in the music industry. Webby’s talent is undeniable as he has collaborated with some of the best names in hip-hop including: Mac Miller, Joell Ortiz, Big K.R.I.T, Statik Selektah, Freeway and Gorilla Zoe, and has performed alongside: Lupe Fiasco, Sean Kingston, Jadakiss, Joe Budden, Styles P., Curren$y, and Immortal Technique.
As part of yet another national tour, Webby attended the international music conference SXSW in March 2012, where he performed at several showcases along with the most current and critically acclaimed hip hop artists.
Chris’ unstoppable work ethics and his honest commitment to hip hop attracted the attention of key players within the Urban community, which led, eventually, to a series of important collaborations.
The final result was Bars On Me, Webby’s latest effort, spearheaded by mixtapes’ king DJ Drama. Chris Webby’s first Gangsta Grillz dropped on October 1, 2012 on Datpiff.com; the project features guest appearances by Bun B, Method Man, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Kid Ink, Jon Connor and more. The download reached Platinum status (100K plus) within the first week of release and immediately spread across the internet; the mixtape was featured on the most significant hip hop sites, including Rapradar.com, Complex.com, Nah.Right.com, DJBooth.net, Allhiphop.com, Vibe.com, XXL.com, TheSource.com, 2DopeBoyz.com, HipHopWired.com, SmokingSection.com and many, many more. The video for the track “Wait A Minute” featuring Bun B and Kid Ink was also added to MTV Jams and MTV 2’s playlists in October 2012.