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Going Viral? Yvngxchris is Over It 

It’s easy to understand why Pharrell Williams named his festival Something in the Water. Virginia has highkey been the birthplace of some of the most iconic voices in entertainment. The roster of legendary artists hailing from Virginia includes Skateboard P’s production crew, The Neptunes, Missy Elliott, Ella Fitzgerald, Timbaland, Chris Brown and others. Veteran rapper Pusha T is another popular artist with roots in VA. Even though he was born in New York, it was Virginia where he was raised. The rapper who has delivered platinum hits and some of hip-hop’s hardest bars as a part of The Clipse and as a solo artist is now helping to usher in the next wave of Virginian talent. One of Pusha’s most recent contributions to the culture has been guiding the career of Yvngxchris.

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At 17 years old, Yvngxchris is one of the most interesting artists to emerge out of Virginia in recent years. The Chesapeake, Virginia native’s first taste of viral fame came in late 2020 when songs like “Did You Know (Remix)” and “Kyrie Irving” started trending on TikTok. It wasn’t long before he was going viral again with more TikTok hits such as “blood on the leaves.” A year later, he dropped “bitch i’m joe biden.” The Lil B-esque track that popped off on the short-form video app has now been streamed more than nine million times. 

Now signed to Columbia Records, Yvngxchris has more than 1.4M Tiktok followers and over 1.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify. He’s also received cosigns from Pusha (his manager), PnB Rock and Lil Yachty, who appears on the single “DAMN HOMIE.” The Lil Boat-assisted banger with its 1,471,266 Youtube views is featured on Chris’ recently released 8-song EP VIRALITY. 

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ONE37pm recently caught up with the Everyone Hates Chris! rapper to chat about his project virality, the influence of Lil B and being managed by Pusha T.

ONE37pm: Why did you name the project VIRALITY

Yvngxchris: One day I was about to post a little Instagram flick. I couldn’t think of a caption or anything. This was like around the time, like “blood on the leaves” was going crazy and shit. And I’m having all these songs go stupid at this time. I had like three songs go viral, so I was like, yo, I’m going so stupid. I’m like viral as fuck. Like I’m viral. I thought to myself like what is the fact of being viral? I looked it up. I said, yo, is virality a word? I looked that shit up. I was like, yeah, this shit is a word. I captioned the picture “virality” and I was like, I just kept riding with the viralness. I just kept going viral, so I was like, you know, I’m gonna name my tape virality

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ONE37pm: Creatively, what were some of the inspirations behind VIRALITY?

Yvngxchris: I’ll say Dylvinci, he’s a producer. He was a big inspiration for the project. Like he helped me tap into different things. He made the tape more available to a wider audience. I would say Dylvinci helped a lot with that. Yeah, he was like one of my main inspirations for the tape and for my next one too. He’s crazy. He’s a crazy producer. 

ONE37pm: What’s one thing you want new fans to take away from VIRALITY?

Yvngxchris: That there’s more coming, you know what I’m saying? Most of the songs on the tape were recorded last year, so this is like old Yvngxchris. I ain’t even gonna lie. I’m putting out old Yvngxchris. Y’all still haven’t even heard 2022 Yvngxchris for real. They still listening to 2021, honestly. Like, this shit viral is fucked. That’s why it’s called virality. It’s viral, but it’s not up to date yet and the next one will be up to date. 

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ONE37pm: What has it been like working with Pusha T? 

Yvngxchris: Great! I mean, he’s that guy, you know what I’m saying? Like, he’s like a mentor, a brother, a dad— all three. It’s amazing to have both of my managers with me, Dre and Pusha T.

ONE37pm: With all of the legendary artists coming out of Virginia, is there an added pressure for you to live up to that?

Yvngxchris: Yeah. It’s pressure for sure, but like I don’t feel no type of way. I feel like I’m gonna be just as great, if not better than those people, you know what I’m saying? 

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ONE37pm: You knew “Bitch I’m Joe Biden” was going to go up while you were still recording it. What was it about that record that made you so confident in it? 

Yvngxchris: It was just like how I constructed the sample and how the beat just came together and how I hopped on that shit. It was just like full Yvngxchris. That was like the most Yvngxchris song I ever made. I don’t know how to describe it other than that. But like, I feel like that’s like my theme song. Like when you think of Yvngxchris, you think of “bitch on Joe Biden.” You know what I’m saying? It’s just like a unique track. I don’t know. It’s just like the sample brings it to life for real. That was the first record that really kind of like, truthfully put me on.

ONE37pm: Was Lil B or his music any type of influence on you? 

Yvngxchris: As of recently. Yeah, because I started learning about it, like how he really was like the first to be on some ignorant shit, just like rapping. And that shit was like cool as fuck to me. And then like really listening to his music. It’s like funny as fuck, but I like that it’s catchy at the same time. Like you can easily catch onto it. So yeah, for sure. I was very inspired by that. I sampled “Bitch I’m Bill Clinton” and I just thought that beat was just insane. I feel like he has crazy production also along with his music, so had to sample it. 

ONE37pm: Growing up, who were you listening to? 

Yvngxchris: I would say a lot of Lil Wayne. A lot of like Andre 3000, TPain— that’s where I first heard autotune and shit, like TPain. Just like the shit my mom and dad used to play around the crib. Hella R&B, like Adele. Like, I would just pick up on different music shit from them. And then I dove into like my own little style after that, you know what I’m saying? Like underground music and all that.

ONE37pm: Speaking about the underground, your early recording process was definitely very underground vibes in terms of you using the Track Studio app and your phone to record. Now that you signed with a label and you have a huge following— has your recording process changed?

Yvngxchris: It did change like a little bit, because I go in the studio now, you know what I’m saying? Like back then I just recorded from home. Now I go in the studio. I used to hate going in the studio, but I actually like going in the studio now because like it’s just like a different vibe now that I’m getting used to it. But like I say no, because when I go back to the crib, I record on the same preset and the same mic that I used from back in the day. But like, I just upgraded my equipment recently. I just got some speakers and shit and got me, like a little Midi, piano and shit. I still use the same recording software. I record on the FL Studio now. 

ONE37pm: You said that you hated the studio experience in the beginning. Why was that? 

Yvngxchris: I wasn’t comfortable, you know? And then I had to learn that you can’t be comfortable to really win, so I had to get out of that. I had to get out of my comfort zone a little bit. And then once I started making hits, like “Damn Homie,”— like I recorded “Damn Homie” in the studio. I recorded “Oh Boy” in the studio— both over a million streams. And I was like, yeah, I could do this shit. So I like it better now. 

ONE37pm: Prior to rapping you were doing comedy. What was the transition like from doing comedy skits on TikTok to posting your music?

Yvngxchris: Honestly, bro that transition was good, bro. Like I really had the plan since the beginning, but like unconsciously. Like I was doing the comedy shit and then I got a little following, like 2000 followers off that shit. I was like, oh shit, this TikTok shit kind of easy. I ain’t going to lie. So I was like, all right, man, I’m going to put my music on this motherfucker. Like one day it just went from straight comedy videos and then I just posted “Kyrie Irving” and that shit went up and I was like, alright, fuck comedy. I’m doing this music shit straight. 

ONE37pm: Do you see yourself ever tapping back into comedy? 

Yvngxchris: People always comment on my videos asking for me to bring back the comedy videos, but I don’t know. I don’t think I’m funny anymore, bro. That was like old Chris, when I didn’t have shit. I was trying to go up trying to be funny and shit. I don’t think I’m funny anymore. I don’t know. 

ONE37pm: Rumor has it that you may be working on Everybody Hates Chris 2. Is that true? 

Yvngxchris: It was like a little idea that was like prior to virality, but like I do plan on coming out with Everyone Hates Chris 2. Everybody loves the first Everyone Hates Chris

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ONE37pm: What project are you currently working on? 

Yvngxchris: I don’t have a name for it, but like, I just have like a direction for it. I want people to get to know me, you know? Like get to know my story and get to know why Yvngxchris is here, what did I do to get here, what struggles did I get through to get here— all this shit. You know what I’m saying? I just want fans to get to know more about me. Tell my story. 

ONE37pm: What’s the biggest difference between old Yvngxchris and new Yvngxchris?

Yvngxchris: I feel like new Yvngxchris is smarter. He knows how to move. He knows more about the music business. He’s more tapped into different genres. He doesn’t cap rap anymore [laughs]. I used to cap rap like crazy. I know he doesn’t cap rap anymore.

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The Best Debut Rap Albums of the 2010s

It’s well-known that hip-hop is one of the most popular genres in music. A big part of that success has been a result of the emergence of new generations of talented rappers who’ve set the standard for what rap could be with their debut albums. If you’re a fan of rap music, it’s expected that you’ve heard of some of the best debut albums released during the last decade. 

The 2010s may not have been hip-hop’s golden age, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been iconic albums released during that ten-year span. The 2000s in general have been a great period for rap music and debut albums have been some of the best projects that have come out during that time period. The 2010s was a decade that saw rap music reach new heights and produce some truly unforgettable albums.

Some of these albums introduced the world to some of the most successful artists of all time and are now considered to be some of the best rap albums of all time. Several of these albums changed the landscape of hip-hop and cemented their respective creators as legendary artists. These albums have helped to define a generation of hip-hop and are now essential listens for just about any rap fan. They pushed the genre in new and exciting directions. 

When it comes to best debut rap albums, there are a few that stand out from the pack. In the 2010s, there were a number of fire debut rap albums. Here are some of the best debut rap albums of the 2010s.

Drake – ‘Thank Me Later’ (2010)
Republic Records

Singles: “Over,” “Find Your Love” & “Fancy” 

Drake’s debut album Thank Me Later was highly anticipated by fans and critics alike. Luckily, it did not disappoint. Drizzy proved himself to be a master of both sing-rapping and delivering bars on this album. He showcased his unique vocal style with tracks like “Over” and “Find Your Love.” He also proved himself to be a hell of a storyteller, with songs like “Fireworks” and “The Resistance” giving listeners a glimpse into his life and experiences. Thank Me Later was a defining moment in Drake’s career and solidified him as one of the biggest names in rap music.

Waka Flocka Flame – ‘Flockaveli’ (2010)
Warner Records

Singles: “O Let’s Do It,” “No Hands” featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale & “Hard in da Paint”

Flockaveli was lowkey a game-changer. It helped to cement a new wave of trap music and set the sonic foundation for drill music, which became synonymous with Chicago artists like Chief Keef. Led by the hard-hitting production of producer of the moment Lex Luger, Waka Flocka Flame’s debut is full of tracks sure to keep your head nodding. The 17-track project, which was praised by the likes of Complex, Billboard, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork features most of Waka’s best-known songs, including the Drumma Boy-produced top 10 hit “No Hands.”

Nicki Minaj – ‘Pink Friday’ (2010)
Republic Records

Singles: “Your Love,” “Moment 4 Life” featuring Drake & “Super Bass”

Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday was an instant hit. It set the stage for her to become one of the most popular and influential rappers in the world. Nicki’s lyrical skills, distinctive flow and knack for crafting catchy tunes were on full display throughout the album. The 13-track project featuring production from Swizz Beatz, T-Minus, J.R. Rotem and Bangladesh also showcased her more introspective side, which came through on songs like “Dear Old Nicki” and “Here I Am.”

J Cole – ‘Cole World: The Sideline Story’ (2011)
Roc Nation/Columbia Records

Singles: “Work Out,” “Can’t Get Enough” featuring Trey Songz & “Nobody’s Perfect” featuring Missy Elliott 

Prior to the release of his debut, who would have thought that J. Cole would go on to be one of the best rappers of all time? Cole did! With Cole World: The Sideline Story, Cole proved that he was a force to be reckoned. The Fayetteville, North Carolina native’s debut was met with critical acclaim, and helped solidify him as one of the best rappers ever. The album sheds light on the story of Cole’s life and his growing up in North Carolina. Songs like “Work Out” and “Can’t Get Enough” showed that not only did he have bars for days, but that he could also make hits. Cole World debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and featured Jay-Z, Drake and Missy Elliott.

Meek Mill – ‘Dreams & Nightmares’ (2012)
Atlantic Records

Singles: “Amen” & “Burn”

Meek Mill’s Dreams & Nightmares was one of the most highly anticipated rap albums of the early 2010s. Meek’s first official project featured collaborations with Drake, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Rick Ross, John Legend and others. It also featured one of the greatest hip-hop intro of all time, “Dreams and Nightmares.” Whether you’re a fan of Meek or not, his debut is worth a listen or two.

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012)
Aftermath/Interscope Records

Singles: “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, “Poetic Justice” & “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.”In the early 2010s, there were a number of excellent debut albums that set the tone for the decade to come. Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city is a perfect example of this. The album which tells the story of Kendrick’s upbringing in Compton immediately established him as one of the most important voices in hip-hop. good kid, m.A.A.d city is widely considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time, let alone one of the best debut albums. Throughout the project he demonstrates his expert use of wordplay and metaphors. He also shows he can crossover with addictive singles such as “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, “Poetic Justice” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.”

Chief Keef – ‘Finally Rich’ (2012)
Interscope Records

Singles: “I Don’t Like”, “Love Sosa” & “Hate Bein’ Sober”

Even before he dropped an album, Chief Keef was a local legend. Months after receiving a cosign and a remix from Kanye West, the teenage star-in-the-making released his debut album, Finally Rich. The forefather of Chicago’s drill music collaborated with day-ones like Lil Reese, as well as legends like 50 Cent, Rick Ross and Young Jeezy on the album that featured cult-classics like “I Don’t Like” and “Love Sosa.”

A$AP Rocky – LONG.LIVE.A$AP (2013)
Polo Grounds/RCA Records

Singles: “Goldie,” “Fuckin’ Problems,” “Wild for the Night” & “Fashion Killa”

A$AP Rocky took the hip-hop world by storm following the release of his debut single “Peso.” Over a decade later, he continues to be an influence on the culture. His debut album, LONG.LIVE.A$AP is a part of what helped him make his mark on the rap world. The album that would eventually be certified platinum housed an eclectic collection of songs and spawned the hit “Fuckin’ Problems,” which featured 2 Chainz, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Other guests on the album included Santigold, Florence Welch, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Joey Badass and others.

Pusha T – ‘My Name is My Name’ (2013)
GOOD Music/Def Jam

Singles: “Pain,” “Numbers on the Boards” & “Sweet Serenade”

Pusha T was a seasoned veteran by the time his debut album My Name is My Name hit the streets, and it showed. Released in 2013, the album was one of the best projects from a rapper that year. Featuring production from Kanye West and The Neptunes, My Name is My Name showcases Pusha T’s lyrical prowess and knack for storytelling. It was met with critical acclaim and was praised for its lyrical content and production value.

YG – ‘My Krazy Life’ (2014)
Def Jam Recordings

Singles: “My N***a” & “Who Do You Love?”

After building a buzz with a series of mixtapes, YG broke through with his debut album, My Krazy Life. According to the Def Jam rap star, the album featuring hit singles like “My N***a” and “Who Do You Love?” was like “a day in the life of YG from the morning until the night.” Superproducer DJ Mustard handled much of the well-reviewed album’s production, incorporating his signature West Coast sound. Rich Homie Quan, Drake, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar were just a few of the artists that appeared on My Krazy Life.

Rae Sremmurd – ‘Sremmlife’ (2015)
Eardrummers/Interscope

Singles: “No Flex Zone”, “No Type”& “Throw Sum Mo” featuring Nicki Minaj and Young Thug

Rae Sremmurd seemingly came out of nowhere when they dropped their first single, “No Flex Zone” in 2014. By the time their debut album dropped, months later, the Mississippi-born dynamic duo individually known as Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi were household names. Executive produced by hit-maker Mike Will Made It, Sremmlife featured several top 40 hits, including “No Flex Zone”, “No Type” and the Nicki Minaj and Young Thug-assisted “Throw Sum Mo.” The group’s first album landed on several best of 2015 lists and even made it to Rolling Stone’s The 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time list. Sremmlife was so successful that it spawned a couple of sequels.

Travis Scott – ‘Rodeo’ (2015)
Grand Hustle Records/Epic Records

Singles: “3500” & “Antidote”

Following the release of two mixtapes (2013’s Owl Pharaoh and 2014’s Days Before The Rodeo), Travis Scott let it be known he was here to stay with his debut album, Rodeo. The 14-track project was a sign of things to come from one of popular music’s most sought after artists. Rodeo’s lead single, “Antidote,” peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. Not only did the album feature a smash hit, it also featured a fire rap verse from Justin Bieber.

Nipsey Hussle – ‘Victory Lap’ (2018)
Atlantic Records

Singles: “Rap N*ggas,” “Last Time That I Checc’d” & “Dedication”

It’s not a secret that some of the best debut rap albums are created by artists that have something to prove. After grinding for much of his life, delivering dope mixtapes and attention-grabbing guest appearances, Nipsey Hussle finally released his debut album in 2018. Titled Victory Lap, the Grammy-nominated album featured everything from soulful vibes to motivational anthems. Offering a more polished sound on this album than on previous releases, the late rapper delivered a project that was both fresh and familiar.

Cardi B – ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ (2018)
Atlantic Records

Singles: “Bodak Yellow,” “Bartier Cardi,” “Be Careful” & “I Like It”

Cardi B’s debut album, Invasion Of Privacy was released in 2018 to critical acclaim and commercial success. The album introduced Cardi’s in-your-face style to the masses. She tapped into her own personal experiences and observations and crafted a project that was personal and universally relatable. It was also an album to turn up to! The well-crafted songs and clever lyrics resonated with listeners, helping her debut to not only achieve mainstream success, but also make history.

Playboi Carti – ‘Die Lit’ (2018)
AWGE/Interscope

Singles: “Poke It Out” featuring Nicki Minaj

Golden era-loving hip-hop heads may not get it, but Playboi Carti is a hugely influential artist. A couple of years before his Whole Lotta Red album was coined one of the best rap albums in modern history, Carti further established himself as an innovator with Die Lit.

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AG Club Discusses New Music, Odd Future’s Influence and More

While duos and trios are familiar sights in hip-hop, it’s been a while since collectives took center stage. And if we’re being honest, what other collectives can fans think of besides Odd Future, ASAP Mob, and BROCKHAMPTON over the past decade? But with AG Club, the reality of hip-hop birthing collectives isn’t only existent but filled with great excitement about what they have and will do.

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Coming out of the Bay Area via San Francisco, CA, the nearly 15-member crew attacks all angles of the music industry. As the duo of Baby Boy and Jody Fontaine create magic on records– their F*** Your Expectation album series is stellar– the remainder of AG Club consists of talented photo/videographers, stylists, and graphic designers who’ve been friends with each other for years.

“When we first came around, people didn’t understand what we do,” Fontaine told me after AG Club’s performance at Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash last Friday. “But it’s dope people understand now.” Terms of what have helped fans understand and accept the Avant Grande collective’s efforts are great music and momentum.

Alongside both editions of F*** Your Expectations being well-received, the Bay-Area natives also collaborated with NLE Choppa and ASAP Ferg for the remix of their biggest single, “Memphis,” before touring with Pusha T and Denzel Curry since the beginning of this spring. To be so young in their careers, yet able to touch different demographics is impressive, especially with great musical aspirations.

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Upon listening to AG Club, you’ll quickly recognize their diversity in sound. In one moment, their music can spark a riot (“Columbia”), the next, their harmonies will remind you of the early 2000s R&B-pop group B2K (“Popeye” feat. Peach Tree Rascals), and lastly, you’ll find the fitting anthem to play in your car (“Brass”).

This level of execution reminds rap fans like me, a millennial in his late 20s, of the previously mentioned Odd Future and ASAP Mob. “Everything is better when you’re doing it with friends, and we saw that in Odd Future and ASAP Mob,” Fontaine says before he and Baby Boy point to their friends. “We all love this s***,” Baby Boy says with a smile. “We do it together because it makes sense.”

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Pusha T, Megan Thee Stallion and More: Bops That Just Dropped

Every week a bunch of new projects, songs and snippets hit the airwaves and streaming platforms and it can be a tall task sorting through all of the noise. Luckily, ONE37pm is here to help keep you in tune with what should be on your radar.

It’s Almost Dry — Pusha T

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Pusha T has returned to flood the streets with his latest album, It’s Almost Dry. According to King Push, the album, produced entirely by Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, is his “most well-rounded body of work.” The 12-track project, which he previewed at his Cokechella listening party, features the singles  “Neck & Wrist”, “Diet Coke” and “Hear Me Clearly,” as well as collaborations with Kid Cudi, Don Toliver and Lil Uzi Vert. Can’t get enough Push? Don’t stress it. He could be coming to a city near you soon. His It’s Almost Dry Tour starts next month.

“Plan B” — Megan Thee Stallion

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“Ladies, love yourself, because this shit can get ugly,” raps Megan Thee Stallion on “Plan B,” her latest anthem for the ladies. Hot Girl Meg lets it be known that she ain’t playing with these goofy men on the track that samples the classic Wu-Tang Clan remix to  Jodeci’s “Freak’n You.” The hotly anticipated song was first previewed in front of thousands of people during Megan’s Coachella performance last week. 

“Hold That Heat” — Southside featuring Future and Travis Scott

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Super-producer Southside’s track record is full of hits. He’s been crafting beats for A-list artists for more than a decade. His most recent release is a collaboration of epic proportions. “Hold That Heat” features Future and Travis Scott. Southside’s signature sound mixed with Future and Travis’ signature flows is a recipe for an undeniable banger.

Southside isn’t the only platinum producer to drop new music this week. Tay Keith, Sonny Digital and the Internet Money crew have also delivered some new tunes. This week also sees the release of some heat from Erica Banks, Blxst, Dream Doll, Fredo Bang, Rico Nasty, NLE Choppa, BRS Kash and others. Tap in with our new weekly playlist below and don’t forget to come back next Friday and every Friday after that for a round up of the best of what’s new in music.

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