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"Young Homie" is the debut single written and performed by American singer-songwriter Chris Rene. It is the first single from Rene's debut studio EP I'm Right Here. Following its release, the song debuted at number one on the New Zealand singles chart on March 19, 2012.[1]

"Young Homie"
Single by Chris Rene
from the album I'm Right Here
ReleasedMarch 13, 2012 (2012-03-13)
Formatdigital download
GenrePop rap, R&B, hip hop
Songwriter(s)Chris Rene, Gabriel Rene, Gina Rene, J.R. Rotem, Marty James, Gene Pistilli, Walter Murphy
Producer(s)J.R. Rotem, Marty James
Chris Rene singles chronology
"Young Homie"
Music video
"Young Homie" on YouTube


Rene wrote the song prior to auditioning for the first season of the American version of singing talent competition The X Factor.[2] Rene performed the song a total of three times on the show - at his first audition, during the top nine performance show and during the show's final.

Recording and releaseEdit

Following The X Factor, Rene went on to record a studio version of the song that was released worldwide on March 13, 2012. A music video was also created in Rene's hometown of Santa Cruz, California on February 16, 2012 and released onto YouTube and Vevo on March 20, 2012.

Music videoEdit

The official music video for the song was directed by Jeremy Rall,[2] and takes place in Santa Cruz, Rene's hometown. The video shows various parts and citizens of Santa Cruz, giving the viewers an idea of how the city inspired Rene to write the song.

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (2012) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[3] 72
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 64
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard) 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[6] 26


  1. ^ "Single Top 40 12/03/2012". Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Young Homie by Chris Rene Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Chris Rene Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Irish Charts - Singles, Albums & Compilations". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  5. ^ " – Chris Rene – Young Homie". Top 40 Singles.
  6. ^ "Chris Rene Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.

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