A young rapper has emerged on the world stage, exhibiting a witty lyricism that is quickly disappearing with the evolution of hip-hop. Christian Webster, a 25-year-old emcee out of Norwalk, Connecticut, is breaking stereotypes with his uncharacteristically suburban roots.
Webby and his manager Dana Biondi, also a native of Connecticut, are the founders of the Homegrown Music Group, an independent multi-company conglomerate. Homegrown signed a unique deal with Entertainment One Music on August 28. The deal identified eOne as the developing and marketing label of Homegrown for “The Homegrown EP,” an October 29 album release, as well as Webby’s debut full-length studio album to be released in early 2014.
“The beautiful thing is, it’s not like signing-signing,” Webby said “It’s a one-album deal. E1 told me, ‘Keep doing exactly what you’re doing, we’re just going to put some muscle behind it.’ It’s good because it’s still organic.”
Webby’s last four years have been spent recording mix tapes, of which he has released 8, and working on other projects such releasing albums on iTunes. He has used web-based platforms to release music like many emcees in the digital age, but has also sold CD’s. Before that, however, his life was completely different and not what you would expect from a rap star.
Christian Darnell Webster, born October 13, 1988, is an only child. Webby epitomizes the American dream; ever since he was 11 he made rap his life, and over the years his dreams have become reality.
“Even when I first really started (making music) I took it seriously, even though it was kind of a ridiculous dream to have at a sixth grade level,” said Webby in an interview with DailyLiveTV. “But it has always been a thing I have taken seriously ever since I started, and obviously I sucked when I was 12. But when you work at something from 12 to 25 you get decent at it.”
Webby graduated from Green Farms School, a private High School in his hometown, and enrolled at Hofstra University on Long Island. He was kicked out in his sophomore year however for his extracurricular activities, but reflects that he values the time he spent at Hofstra and uses memories he made there in his lyrics. Webby used his expulsion as motivation to succeed without additional schooling, and he concentrated his efforts fully on his career.
Webby’s work has been described as “frat rap,” a sub-genre of hip-hop that celebrates the partying and wild experiences of college life. But many of his lyrics describe deeper life experiences as well, and speak truths about many aspects of life.