Young Chris
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Young Chris
Young Chris
Christopher Francis Ries
Born (1983-03-09) March 9, 1983 (age 35)
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresHip hop
Rapper, Songwriter
LabelseOne Music

Young Chris (born Christopher Francis Ries, March 9, 1983) is an American rapper and songwriter. A member of Philadelphia rap duo Young Gunz, formerly signed to Roc-A-Fella Records through Beanie Sigel's State Property collective,[1] early success included the hit single "Can't Stop, Won't Stop".[2] Signed in December 2010 as a solo artist to Universal Motown through producer/songwriter Rico Love's label imprint Division1, Young Chris is currently working on his album release.[3] Because of their homophonic names Ries is often confused with the rapper YC who used to perform as "Yung Chris" and incorrectly credited as the performer of the song "Racks".

Music career

Young Gunz

Young Chris and Neef Buck (born Hanif Muhammad) had been friends since they were young boys on the block (C-Ave).[4] On "Takeover", a track from his 2001 album The Blueprint, Jay-Z announced the duo as "Chris & Neef".[5] In 2001, the duo performed on the State Property soundtrack album.[5] Young Chris and Neef starred in the titular movie.[6] Also during this period of their career, Young Chris appeared throughout Dame Dash's Dream Team compilation, and Beanie Sigel's The Reason.[7] The duo performed together on guest appearances for albums like Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2, Freeway's Philadelphia Freeway, State Property's The Chain Gang Vol. 2, and Memphis Bleek's M.A.D.E.; all while recording their album.[8] The Young Gunz scored their first hit with "Can't Stop, Won't Stop", the lead-off single from The Chain Gang Vol. 2 album.[2] Its song and video received major airplay on hip-hop radio, MTV2, and BET and reached #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and #6 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.[2]

After the success of their single, "Can't Stop, Won't Stop", the label jumped and was ready to release their debut album, Tough Luv.[9] It included the remix to "Can't Stop, Won't Stop", which featured St. Louis rapper Chingy.[9] Singles included "No Better Love" featuring former Roc-A-Fella Records crooner Rell and the Just Blaze-produced "Friday Night".[9]Tough Luv debuted on the Billboard 200 at #3 after selling 128,000 copies in its first week.[2] That week, the album at #2 was labelmate Kanye West's debut album The College Dropout, which was released just two weeks earlier.[10]

After a brief hiatus, the duo returned with Swizz Beatz produced "Set It Off" from their second album, Brothers from Another.[11] It was the second release from the "new" Roc-A-Fella Records, referencing when Jay-Z became president of Def Jam Records, the first being Memphis Bleek's 534.[12][13] The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at #15, and included guest features from Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Slim of 112 and John Legend.[14][15]

Solo career

As early as March 2006, Young Chris thought about recording a solo album. He initially titled it Now or Never.[16] He stated to XXL magazine that he wanted to release a solo album by the end of 2008 and had been "95 percent done" by June 2008.[17] In this article, Young Chris also states that he himself up there with Lil' Wayne and Juelz Santana.[17] Since this time, Chris has taken to the internet to solidify himself as a top solo artist, with his Social Network, hitting the remix circuit, and his much anticipated "The Network" Mixtape series, hosted by DJ Don Cannon.[18][19]

In December 2010 Young Chris signed with Division1, a label started by songwriter/producer Rico Love, under the Universal Motown umbrella.[3] Love considers Young Chris his flagship artist, working closely with Young Chris on his debut album and pre-album/mixtape.[20] The mixtape, called "The Re-Introduction", was released on November 20, 2010.[21] The aptly titled mixtape gives the spotlight to a newly signed Young Chris, as a solo artist, and also, re-introduces the combination of DJ Drama and Don Cannon, the former "Affiliates" partners, hosting their first mixtape together, in several years.[22]

On January 28, a song called "Philly Shit (Mega Mix)" featuring Young Chris, Eve, Black Thought, Money Malc, Fat Joe, Fred The Godson, Diggy Simmons, Jermaine Dupri & The Game was leaked.[23] On March 22, 2011, Young Chris' single "A$$ets" was commercially released.[24]

In late 2013-2014, Young Chris began releasing a slew of freestyles, the latest being a reworking of Wale's "LoveHate Thing", released on May 6.[25] He's currently working on a new studio album titled Alive.

On May 6, 2014, he released a mixtape on Datpiff called Gunna Seazon.[26]

Awards and nominations

"Can't Stop, Won't Stop" was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards.[1]


See: Young Chris Discography


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  2. ^ a b c d "Young Gunz History". Billboard. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ a b Burgess, Omar (2010-10-11). "Young Chris Signs To Division One/Universal Motown | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2003-08-12). "Young Gunz Becoming The Big Shots Of State Property". MTV News. Retrieved .
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  6. ^ "State Property (2002)". Retrieved .
  7. ^ Love, Bret (2001-06-26). "The Reason - Beanie Sigel". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Young Gunz". AllMusic. 2003-10-09. Retrieved .
  9. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy (2004-02-24). "Tough Luv - Young Gunz". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Martens, Todd (2004-03-03). "Norah Makes Comfy 'Home' At No. 1". Billboard.
  11. ^ Kellman, Andy (2005-05-24). "Brothers from Another - Young Gunz". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Conniff, Tamara (2004-12-08). "Jay-Z named Def Jam president, CEO - Entertainment - Music -". Retrieved .
  13. ^ Kellman, Andy (2005-05-17). "534 - Memphis Bleek". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "A Welcome 'Exile': Audioslave Opens At No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Brothers from Another - Young Gunz". AllMusic. 2005-05-24. Retrieved .
  16. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2006-03-20). "N.O.R.E. Makes Diddy Speak Spanish; Young Gunz Reload". Mixtape Monday. MTV News. Retrieved .
  17. ^ a b Thomas, Anthony (2008-06-26). "Young Chris, "I'm up there with Wayne and Juelz"". XXL.
  18. ^ "Young Chris". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "Young Chris: The Network 2 (New Album)". Retrieved .
  20. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (2010-11-22). "Young Chris Gets His Re-Introduction Courtesy Of Usher Pal Rico Love - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "The Reintroduction Pre-Album | Download Now!". Young Chris. Retrieved .
  22. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (2010-11-22). "Young Chris Gets His Re-Introduction Courtesy Of Usher Pal Rico Love". Mixtape Daily. MTV News. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "Young Chris f. Eve, Black Thought, Money Malc, Fat Joe, Fred The Godson, Diggy Simmons, Jermaine Dupri & Game "Philly Shit Mega-Mix"". 2011-01-29. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "A*$-ETS (feat. Rico Love) - Single by Young Chris - Download A*$-ETS (feat. Rico Love) - Single on iTunes". 2011-03-22. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "Young Chris - Love Hate Thing Freestyle | New Video". 2014-05-06. Retrieved .
  26. ^ "Young Chris - Gunna Season Hosted by Jaccpot Ent // Free Mixtape @". Retrieved .

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