Christopher Francis Ries (born March 9, 1983), known professionally as Young Chris, is an American rapper. He is a member of Philadelphia rap duo Young Gunz alongside his childhood friend, rapper Neef Buck, signed to Roc-A-Fella Records. The duo saw their greatest success with their 2003 debut single "Can't Stop, Won't Stop".[1] The duo released two albums: Tough Luv (2004) and Brothers from Another (2005) and were apart of Beanie Sigel's State Property collective.[2] Young Chris was signed in December 2010 as a solo artist to Universal Motown through producer/songwriter Rico Love's label imprint Division1.[3] He released two albums through Division1: LIFE: Ladies In For Free and The Revival, both in 2011. In 2014 he released the album Gunna Season through Jaccpot Entertainment. He has also had a large number of self-released mixtapes from 2007 to the present.

Young Chris
Young Chris in 2010
Young Chris in 2010
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Francis Ries
Born (1983-03-09) March 9, 1983 (age 38)
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active1999–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteyoungchris.com

Young Chris is often confused with the rapper YC, who used to perform as "Yung Chris", and is thus sometimes incorrectly credited as the performer of the YC song "Racks".

Music careerEdit

Young GunzEdit

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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 careerEdit

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 YoungChris.com 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 nominationsEdit

"Can't Stop, Won't Stop" was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards.[2]

DiscographyEdit

This is the singles and albums discography of Young Chris.[27]

Young ChrisEdit

Young Chris:The Network 3 (2014)

Young Chris:Gunna Season (2014)

Young Chris: Vital Signs EP (2013)

Young Chris:young Christmas (FrEP) (2011)

Young Chris: The Revival (2011)

Young Chris:L.I.F.E (ladies in for free) (2011)

Young Chris: The Re-Introduction (2010)[27]

Young Chris: The Network 2 (2010)[27]

  • 01. Intro
  • 02. Here I Come
  • 03. Never Left
  • 04. The Moon And Stars
  • 05. Wade In The Water
  • 06. Heavenly Father feat. Lil Wayne
  • 07. Think About It
  • 08. Out Of Here
  • 09. Still The Hottest feat. J. Cole
  • 10. After Dark
  • 11. Lay In My Bed feat. Bobby Valentino
  • 12. What Should I Do feat. Latif
  • 13. I'm Sorry feat. Memphis Bleek
  • 14. The Edge feat. Tu Phace
  • 15. No Disrespect
  • 16. Miss My Niggas

Young Chris: 30 Days 30 Verses (2009)[27]

  • 01. Wu Tears
  • 02. The Script
  • 03. The Last Man Standing
  • 04. Vision
  • 05. Pop Champagne
  • 06. How I Get Down
  • 07. YoungCBlog Hoe
  • 08. Keep Up
  • 09. Live Or Die
  • 10. The Real Is Back
  • 11. Rocstar
  • 12. Rose From The Gutta
  • 13. Threat
  • 14. Max Christopher
  • 15. Got Next
  • 16. Searching
  • 17. They Lookin
  • 18. I'm Right Here
  • 19. Bring It Back
  • 20. Bounce 101
  • 21. First Rounder
  • 22. Where You Going To Hide
  • 23. Let's Get It
  • 24. Rap Thriller
  • 25. Secret Weapon
  • 26. Killing The Game
  • 27. Bust Off
  • 28. Fully Loaded
  • 29. Crazy World
  • 30. Intro To Success
  • 31. I'm Good
  • 32. Bust Your Windows (Remix)
  • 33. Say You Will (Remix)
  • 34. Hood Celebrities (feat. Neef)

Don Cannon and Young Chris: The Network (2009)[27]

Young Chris: Campaign For Change (2008)[27]

  • 01. Intro
  • 02. Freestyle
  • 03. Days of our lives
  • 04. Still in effect
  • 05. Freestyle
  • 06. Boss freestyle feat. Neef
  • 07. Dough ft. Peedi Crakk
  • 08. Freestyle
  • 09. Interlude
  • 10. Poverty
  • 11. Never die
  • 12. Promised land
  • 13. Freestyle
  • 14. Just fire freestyle
  • 15. Make it better
  • 16. Rush feat. Beanie Sigel
  • 17. 4,3,2,1
  • 18. Ocean seven feat. State Property
  • 19. Outro
  • 20. Paradise feat. Lil Wayne
  • 21. You don't even know

Young Chris and DJ Drama: Now or Never (2008)[27]

  • 01. Drama Intro
  • 02. Freestyle
  • 03. Murda freestyle
  • 04. Cypher
  • 05. Don't Dance
  • 06. Back to Basics
  • 07. OG Swag
  • 08. Are We Clear
  • 09. Legal
  • 10. Murda
  • 11. Return of SP
  • 12. Money Talks
  • 13. Ready for War
  • 14. I Get Down
  • 15. May They Rest
  • 16. Ride Out
  • 17. You Don't Even
  • 18. Paradise
  • 19. Outro
  • 20. Kill Me
  • 21. Never Die
  • 22. You Know

Young Chris: Young Chris-Mas (2007)[27]

  • 01. Young Chris-Mas Intro
  • 02. Teach the game
  • 03. Like That Y'all
  • 04. The Morgue feat. Lil Wayne
  • 05. Blow Your Mind
  • 06. No Hook
  • 07. The Jux
  • 08. Choppin Rocks feat. Neef
  • 09. Star of the Show
  • 10. Playaz Ride
  • 11. Your Girlfriend
  • 12. How we Roll (extended) feat. Lil Wayne
  • 13. Another Day
  • 14. I'M PAID
  • 15. Go Hard
  • 16. Who Wanna Ride
  • 17. Do it the best
  • 18. Roll UP

Young Chris: The Newprint (2007)[27]

  • 01. The C-Lude
  • 02. Dead Presidents
  • 03. Excuse Me Miss
  • 04. Newprint Interlude
  • 05. What More Can I Say
  • 06. A Week Ago
  • 07. Allure
  • 08. Newprint Interlude
  • 09. Big Brother
  • 10. Never Change
  • 11. Secret Weapon
  • 12. This Can't Be Life feat. Pooda Brown
  • 13. Newprint Interlude
  • 14. Threats
  • 15. A Million And One
  • 16. Guess Who's Back feat. Pooda Brown
  • 17. Bonus Track: Roc Boys Remix Jay-Z

Young Chris: Politically Incorrect (2007)[27]

  • 01. Revenue Rich
  • 02. Gunshot
  • 03. How We Roll feat. Lil Wayne
  • 04. Survival Of The Fittest
  • 05. That That that feat. Neef and Pooda Brown
  • 06. Callin Me
  • 07. My Part Of Town feat. Black Thought
  • 08. Stunti feat. Revenue Rich
  • 09. Don't Play With Me
  • 10. Nowadays
  • 11. Plain To See feat. Pooda Brown
  • 12. Young Hip Hop
  • 13. Soundtrack Of My Life
  • 14. Down With The King feat. Revenue Rich
  • 15. Ghetto Girls feat. Mase
  • 16. Bridging The Gap feat. Kool G Rap
  • 17. Gunna
  • 18. Air Em Out
  • 19. Strip down On The Pole feat. Neef and Pooda Brown
  • 20. Bodies
  • 21. Live Or Die
  • 22. Outta Control

Young Chris, Pooda Brown, Neef Buck, and DJ LRM: Murder Capital (2007)[27]

  • 01. Intro
  • 02. G.I.F.I.
  • 03. Check
  • 04. Invincible
  • 05. Go Off
  • 06. We Getz Down
  • 07. Let Them Sho
  • 08. Wheres It At
  • 09. Weed Stop
  • 10. Freestyle
  • 11. You Got To Luv Us
  • 12. Coast To Coast
  • 13. Fallin In Love
  • 14. Get In Where U Fit In
  • 15. Merry Christmas
  • 16. We Don't Give A Fuck
  • 17. Stay Strapped
  • 18. Freestyle
  • 19. Cake
  • 20. G.O.D.
  • 21. Hit Em Up
  • 22. Don't Forget
  • 23. Sittin On 23s
  • 24. Things Ive Done In Life
  • 25. Freestyle
  • 26. Reservoir Dogs
  • 27. Business Men
  • 28. Puttin In Work
  • 29. Outro
  • 30. Bonus Track

Young Chris: Hired Gun (2007)[27]

  • 01. Intro
  • 02. Hired Gun prod. by DJ Noodles
  • 03. Take It Back
  • 04. We Don't Give A Fuck – feat. Neef, Murda Ma$e
  • 05. Coming Of Age
  • 06. Talk Of The City
  • 07. Young Chris Speaks
  • 08. Things I've Done In Life – feat. Jr. Ried
  • 09. Crack – feat. Neef
  • 10. Fuck U Think This Is (Noodles Mix) – feat. Peedi Crakk
  • 11. Invincible – feat. Neef
  • 12. Young Chris Speaks
  • 13. Original Gangstas – feat. Freeway, Beanie Sigel, M.O.P., Peedi Crakk, Neef, Pooda Brown
  • 14. North Philly Nigga
  • 15. Niggaz Want Me Dead
  • 16. Stay Strapped
  • 17. Down Low – feat. Freeway
  • 18. Place Yourself In My Shoes
  • 19. Check
  • 20. Classic Verse Outro

Young Chris: Killadelphia – More Bodies Than Days (2007)[27]

  • 01. Intro
  • 02. Right Back
  • 03. If You Don't Give A Fuck
  • 04. The Return
  • 05. From New York 2 Philly
  • 06. Get In Where You Fit In
  • 07. Interlude
  • 08. They Want Us Dead
  • 09. I'm Here
  • 10. Interlude
  • 11. Everybody Needs Someone
  • 12. Dem Boyz In The Building
  • 13. Infamous
  • 14. I'm Back
  • 15. We Focused Now
  • 16. Interlude
  • 17. More Bodies Than Days
  • 18. Unappreciative
  • 19. Try Me If You Want 2
  • 20. Soulful-Outro

Young Chris (2007)[27]

Young GunzEdit

Young Gunz: Back To Business (2010)[28]

  • 01. Intro
  • 02. You Scared
  • 03. What We Doin' feat. Meek Mill prod. by Jahil Beats
  • 04. Ha Ha
  • 05. I'm iLL
  • 06. Stop The Party
  • 07. Dat Tree feat. Curren$y
  • 08. Mike Jack feat. Wale
  • 09. Betta Find Ya Lovin
  • 10. We Back
  • 11. Goin' Hard
  • 12. Got Money prod. by Jahil Beats
  • 13. C & Neef For Life prod. by Certifyd
  • 14. 6 In The Mornin'
  • 15. Gonna Change

Young Gunz: Rapid Fire (2008)[28]

Young Gunz: Get In Where U Fit In Part 2 (2005)[28]

  • 01. Intro
  • 02. One Love
  • 03. You Know My Style feat. Peedi Crakk
  • 04. Reportin Live feat. Pooda Brown
  • 05. GIFI feat. Pooda Brown
  • 06. Da Life feat. Pooda Brown
  • 07. Magnificent
  • 08. Lovers & Friends
  • 09. We Got Them K's
  • 10. Interlude
  • 11. How We Do
  • 12. Sick of Waiting
  • 13. Not My Style
  • 14. I'm Going Back
  • 15. That's When You Dead
  • 16. All Around the World
  • 17. Best of Both Hoods
  • 18. Brown is Back
  • 19. Wanted
  • 20. Reload

Young Gunz: Get In Where U Fit In (2004)[28]

  • 01. Neef & Buck Intro
  • 02. Last Days '04
  • 03. Can I Kick It
  • 04. Organized Rhyme
  • 05. Stick Up
  • 06. Grown Man [Remix]
  • 07. Skit
  • 08. Freestyle1
  • 09. Shook Ones
  • 10. G.I.F.I. (Get in Where You Fit In)
  • 11. Man on Fire
  • 12. No Half Stepping
  • 13. Just Like That
  • 14. Skit
  • 15. Can We Live?
  • 16. Scenario '04
  • 17. Skit
  • 18. Live from Philly
  • 19. Pooda Brown Freestyle
  • 20. F*cK a Warning

Young Gunz: Brothers from Another (2005)[28]

Young Gunz: Tough Luv (2004)[28]

State PropertyEdit

State Property: The Chain Gang Vol. 2 (2003)[29]

State Property: State Property (2002)[29]

MixtapesEdit

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US
Rap
Killadelphia: More Bodies Than Days - - -
Hired Gun - - -
Murder Capitol (with Pooda Brown, Neef Buck and DJ LRM) - - -
Politically Incorrect - - -
The Newprint - - -
Young Chris-Mas - - -
Campaign For Change - - -
Now or Never - - -
30 Days 30 Verses - - -
The Network - - -
The Network 2 - - -
The Re-Introduction - - -
LIFE: Ladies In For Free - - -
The Revival - - -
Gunna Season - - -
The Network 3 - - -
The Network 4 - - -

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Nigga Please" 2002 Jay-Z The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
"Work For Me" 2004 Ol' Dirty Bastard A Son Unique
"Call Me (Remix)" 2005 Play-n-Skillz, Lil' Flip Chamillionaire The Album Before the Album
"Connect 4" 2009 Joe Budden Escape Route
"The Last Two" 2010 Beanie Sigel, Freeway The Roc Boys
"Serious"
"Fresh ta Def"
"Lay Low" 2011 DJ Drama, Meek Mill, Freeway Third Power
"House Party" Meek Mill Dreamchasers
"Philly Mega Mix" Eve, Black Thought, Money Malc, Fat Joe, Fred the Godson, Diggy Simmons, Jermaine Dupri, the Game Purp & Patron: The Hangover
"Dangerous" 2012 Beanie Sigel, the Game This Time
"City of Sin" Lloyd Banks V.6: The Gift
"Real Shit" Freeway Freedom of Speech
"Greystone" The Game, Fat Joe, Sam Hook California Republic
"Believe Me Freestyle" 2014 Phat Geez Cut From A Different Cloth 2

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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