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Chris Webby – Age of Empires (feat. KXNG Crooked) [prod. Juice Of All Trades]

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Now I don’t know about all of you, but I messed with Age of Empires (a dope computer game where you got to build your own Empire. Like a King) when I was a kid. And I can’t say with 100% certainty, but I think Chris Webby might have too based on the fact that, well, we’re basically the same age and his newest track is called…Age Of Empires.

Over the last year or so, Christian Webster aka Chris Webby, a 29 year old, Connecticut born rapper known for his rapid-fire style and witty rhymes, has been crushing it. Influenced by Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, DMX, Tech N9ne and others, Webby often touches on personal and social issues on his tracks. However, unlike Mac Miller or Sam Adams, who he’s often (unfairly) compared to, Webby reminds me much more of Machine Gun Kelly and G-Eazy. If you haven’t checked out Raw Thoughts II you’ll see what I mean.

Webby is off and running in 2018 with another banger, Age Of Empires (featuring KXNG CROOKED. Produced by Juice of All Trades, the song kicks off with melancholy, auto tuned, high-pitched female vocals over the most basic components of the beat. It’s eerie, it’s sadly beautiful, and it’s an incredible way to launch the track (it’s also the chorus). As the beat begins to build, everything starts to feel amplified; like there’s something slowly growing and rising up. That feeling, that sound, provides the perfect interlude to Webby’s quick, melodic wordplay and KXNG CROOKED’s hard-hitting and gritty vibe. To me, there’s nothing better than when a song has both the Yin and a the Yang in it. This song goes hard AND gives you something to think about. Just like Age of Empires.

For more info on Chris Webby, check out his website HERE

Smogs

After spending the first 11 years of his life overseas, Logan Meltzer aka Smogs, moved to the DMV in 2001 with nothing but a dream of becoming a professional rapping soccer star who could also dunk and do stand-up comedy. And while 100% of those dreams are still in progress, he gets to live a new one now by writing about music. Having graduated from Haverford College, where he DJ’d for OnCue, RDGRNGLD, 3LAU and others (shout out Philly!), Smogs moved to Washington D.C. to work in communications with non-profit organizations, before selling his soul to a Fortune 500. After escaping the succubus, a good friend and now-mentor encouraged Smogs to try his hand at music writing. And as the ol’ saying goes, the rest is happening now... Ride or die Washington sports (especially the Nationals). The Devil Wears Prada 4 lyfe. What fruit hates marriage? A cantaloupe (can’t-elope)

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