Monday, January 27, 2014

Just Reflecting: C.H.R.I.S (Coordination Higher Riches Infinitely Shining)

(Coordination Higher Riches Infinitely Shining)

 Never one to give out a ton of material and guards his craft like a Machiavellian artists. 
Only giving out features here and there C.H.R.I.S. has created a following amongst his peers. 
From HC$'s Mars Jackson to Pittsburgh Hip Hop newbe $osa, he has influenced if not inspired many
to dig deep into their hip-hop mental crates to push the culture forward.

This new visual is from the second mixtape Lyrical Exercise 101 and directed by Landon Kijowski. As C.H.R.I.S. gears up for his fourth quarter release #IndustryStandard he offers this visual as a layover.

The MaYoR: The increments C.H.R.I.S stands for Coordination Higher Riches Infinitely Shining. Your style shows most that you appreciate the artistry of music. What inspired you to become a "Recording Artist"  

C.H.R.I.S.: What inspired me to start recording music was the push I got from performing poetry, I used to perform pieces of poetry at open mic nights or at college events, but music was always a love of mine because of the messages that could be conveyed. I read a couple poems over a few beats and they came out sounding dope so with the help of some of my friends I recorded a few rough tracks on garage band to hear what it would sound like, been recording ever since. 

The MaYoR: I've noticed that pursuing music has been your passion for quite some time now. Tell the people what a day consist of when you are prepping for a studio session or writing stage.

C.H.R.I.S.: A normal day for me would be just like anyone else, I wake up and get ready for work focus on what my target objectives   are for the day and then I get started. Only difference between my day and the next man’s day Is that I’ll have beats playing all day while I work as I jot ideas for lyrics throughout the whole day.

The MaYoR: Now you have a nice amount of projects and material under your belt. If you could pick a favorite song and or project from your past which one would be your favorite and how did you come up with the content and vision artistically?

C.H.R.I.S.: I would have to say from my first tape the song “Stay Strong” (Daydreams of a Sleepwalker) is still one of the songs  I can’t go a day without listening to. My mother passed Jan 9th 2011 right when the ideas for the tape was coming together so that song was a representation of the struggle I went through in losing her.  The process of writing that song took maybe 20 minutes because the emotions flowed as I was writing it, and once it was recorded I knew it would be the heart of the tape. 

The MaYoR: A song that makes you reflect as a person are always my favorite types of songs as well. Now being as though the state of hip hop has changed from time to time and seems to revisit itself, do you have a favorite time period music culture wise and what are your thoughts if you could revist that particular time period?

C.H.R.I.S.: I would definitely have to say 90’s hip hop for sure. The feel of the music at that time was so much about change and uplifting the less fortunate and telling their story. I believe that in that time period music was felt by the listeners in a way that may have motivated them in a way only hip hop can, from the soul. I feel as though if I could have been in the mix back then it would have been dope to actually see the culture evolve as a whole while being an influencer of it. 

The MaYoR: Do you have any musically influences in your background from family to close friends that may have inspired you to love Hip Hop and Music as a whole?

C.H.R.I.S.: In highschool one of my best friends (Mitch aka MitchHUSTLE feat on Lyrical Exercise 101 “Do you believe) was already heavily into rapping and we had a small rap battle in the hallway which definitely gave me creative ways I could start using my works in a poetic way but was not delivered like poetry. Then over time I met my man Swiss, Jrow, Budda, and Majiq which was an art based group entitled Born 2 Shine and we linked up and they got me on my first recorded track. They believed that I had a gift for making music and they supported my efforts which grew over time so I definitely credit them for making me expand on my craft.

The MaYoR: Nice, now since you rep the 412 heavy can you explain what ingredients as a Emcee you would want to be known for as a artists and what do you bring differently to the table of HipHop?

C.H.R.I.S.: I would like to bring more positivity to the culture without having it be taking in a way that’s to preachy, I work hard on trying to side step the negative connotations that music, rap in particular, is known for. My city is home to some of the best artists in my opinion from cats ranging from Wiz, Boaz, Mac Miller on the larger scale and up and comers such as The 58’s, Mars Jackson, Middi, Shad Ali, Hubbs, and myself who constantly work hard to etch out a place for ourselves in an ever growing and changing music scene. I would like to be known as an artist that continually grows an evolves as an artist and business man but also keeps very strong ties to where I come from as well the positive message I convey with my music. It is important to not only be an example of positivity, but to also show the way of maintaining that attitude so that the hard work is never mistaken for a simple come up. 

The MaYoR: Are there any upcoming projects outside of your own that you are anticipating? 

C.H.R.I.S.: That Nipsey is definitely something that has been on my radar, but I really haven’t been searching to crazy for new music outside of what has already dropped. I wanna try and refine my sound more and try new things to compete at a higher level so that has been a major focus. But I got love for anyone doing they thing and will give any new music I come across a listen.



C.H.R.I.S. - Look At These Eyes [ Official Music Video ]  

ONE WISH by C.H.R.I.S. feat MARS Jackson

C.H.R.I.S. Daydreams of a Sleepwalker Official Trailer +HDQ

C.H.R.I.S - Moment For Life (Remix)