Revealed on July 10th, 2019 | by Percy Crawford
The look and the sound are plain, however Chris Rivers plans to create his personal id together with his upcoming album, G.I.T.U.
Chris Rivers is the youngest son of hip-hop legend, Christopher Rios, AKA, Massive Pun. Rivers shares comparable options and move as his late/nice father, but the extra he grows as an artist, you begin to hear his personal sound breakthrough. Pun handed away whereas, Rivers was solely 6-years previous and though Massive Pun’s profession didn’t span over an extended time period, he most undoubtedly left his legacy. A legacy that, Chris Rivers who used to go by the identify, “Child Pun” plans to maintain alive by means of his music. The Bronx, New York native started his profession in 2002 in a gaggle referred to as, “three Down,” which additionally featured rapper, Benzino’s son. Since going solo, Rivers dropped, “The Good King” in 2014, “Medicated Consumption” and “Medicated Consumption 2.zero The Refill” in 2016 and “Delorean” in 2017. The lead single to his extremely anticipated return album, “G.I.T.U. is a tribute to his father titled, “Sincerely Me.”
Chris Rivers shares the thought course of behind the, “Sincerely Me” report, explains how he has grown as an artist and explains how various things can be if, Pun was right here.
How is every little thing going, my man?
Chris Rivers: Yo, every little thing goes nice, bro. I launched the primary video off of, “G.I.T.U. on July 4th and we’ve been getting a number of dope suggestions. I’m simply actually enthusiastic about this challenge and every thing that’s coming with it. I’m flying out proper now to shoot some movies in Arizona; simply hold releasing content material beforehand. I’m simply pumped up, feeling nice and prepared for it.
Is the August 16th launch date a tough date or is that topic to vary?
Chris Rivers: To my information it’s a tough date, however for the sake of not wanting loopy if one thing does occur, it’s a semi-hard (pause) date (laughing).
You paid tribute to your father, the late nice, Massive Pun and I liked the tone of the music. You selected a extra upbeat happier tone versus a somber tone. What made you go that route?
Chris Rivers: It’s humorous, whereas I used to be making the challenge, I used to be making a bunch of songs and, Rod The Producer and lots of people round me have been telling me that I wanted a document that was actually from the guts to take it there. So, I’m in search of a report and I’m going via these tremendous unhappy beats and I wasn’t feeling nothing. I ran throughout that one and for some cause it was pouring out. I didn’t need it to be unhappy. I needed to write down a letter of every part that was happening. Although we’ve been by way of a whole lot of hardships, robust occasions and loopy stuff, I needed it to be extra triumphant. I needed it to be an replace to him and never overwhelming it with the unhappiness as a result of that’s not the route I need to go. You understand what I imply, so it was undoubtedly tremendous enjoyable to experiment. That’s what I’m all about. Simply experimenting and completely being on the refrain. It was enjoyable, bro. I simply rapped how I felt.
You might by no means pinpoint the right time to do a tribute sort of document, what made now that point for you?
Chris Rivers: On some actual stuff, this undertaking… I haven’t put out a challenge since, “Delorean,” and that was about 2-years in the past. A lot has occurred since then and doing this venture, I’ve loads of progress as a human and as an artist. A lot has occurred and for my father’s birthday or his anniversary, I’ll have a thought or sense one thing, however I don’t often speak to him, however I felt it was time to replace him. It’s simply how I felt in the mean time. I don’t strategically plan stuff like this. It’s often based mostly on how I genuinely really feel. On this new challenge, I simply felt prefer it was time to make this track and I needed to speak to him and the easiest way to try this was musically and I did that. It simply panned out that means and it felt like the proper time internally.
We received the, “Sincerely Me” document, what else can we anticipate from the, “G.I.T.U.” album?
Chris Rivers: Man, it’s referred to as “G.I.T.U.” and that’s an acronym for, “Biggest In The Universe.” “Biggest In The Universe” is a mantra that I used to inform myself once I was feeling low, down or depressed and dangerous about myself. I might give myself affirmation, I might inform myself, “When you absolutely utilized your self, you can be the best within the universe.” I really feel like on the path to doing that you simply gotta problem your self. On this entire challenge, each time I heard a beat I might be like, “What would I usually do to it?” And I throw it on the market door and I’m going locations with it that I usually wouldn’t have; in my very own method and staying true to myself. It was enjoyable, man. It goes all over the place. There’s introspective stuff that’s going to make you assume, lit stuff that’s going to make you’ve gotten enjoyable, shit that you could drive to, shit you’ll be able to chill to and smoke to. All the forms of vibes, however I feel after this, individuals are going to respect me extra as an artist and never only a rapper if that’s how they felt. It’s going to go numerous locations. I adore it personally and I’m simply excited for individuals to listen to it.
It’s loopy you say that as a result of a couple of years in the past, you have been that man that in the event you put a beat on, you might kill it with a freestyle. Now, I really feel like you’ve got grown to make not solely full songs, however an entire album as properly.
Chris Rivers: I feel that’s one of the crucial necessary issues proper now. I feel it’s pivotal to get to the subsequent stage. I feel it’s crucial that I present that type of progress past only a rapper. I need to be an artist and properly rounded. I don’t need to be remembered on the man that simply raps actually good. I felt like I used to be restricted barely to that. I’ve data, however for probably the most half I feel I used to be checked out as somebody who simply raps actually good. I feel I received so far as I might get as that individual; each externally and internally. Not solely profession clever, however I get bored now simply rapping-rapping-rapping. I need to make issues that really feel like one thing. I need to really feel… once I rap, I need to come from a spot… I rap what I really feel. I feel that’s crucial now to get to that subsequent degree of artistry as a result of I feel individuals actually gotta get to know me as an entire individual by way of my music. I’ve to have higher vary of music. Musically this one is one of the best one, from the manufacturing to the mixes and the way entire it sounds. I assumed that was actually essential to determine myself on that subsequent degree.
A part of establishing your self on that subsequent degree, do you are feeling like perhaps a yr or two in the past, Chris Rivers couldn’t do a, “Sincerely Me,” and it come off the best way it did proper now?
Chris Rivers: Completely! I’ve all the time been good at articulating my ideas. I feel I might have wrote one other music that was like a letter or had that very same material, however in the best way that I delivered it, my tone to the melodies to the manufacturing and the best way that I stood on the highest. I simply assume in all of these areas, that’s the place I’ve grown rather a lot and I’m pleased with myself. Not simply on, “Sincerely Me,” however on a few of the different data that’s on the challenge. I don’t assume a yr in the past, I might have been in a position to do that. It’s undoubtedly dope to me.
Are you actual arms on with the manufacturing or do you get beats and also you simply rap to them?
Chris Rivers: It’s humorous as a result of at first levels of my profession, I used to only decide from what was obtainable. That’s cool and all, however I needed to go deeper on this one and be extra arms on as a result of a few of these beats, shout out to, “Rod The Producer.” He produced the entire venture and we sat down and we vibed. Typically I got here up with verses and issues and he would construct an entire beat round what I recorded or what I had. It was dope and natural to construct a music like that. It’s far more dope being palms on. It’s much more proactive. You gotta be there extra for it, however it creates one thing method nearer to your imaginative and prescient.
What options do you’ve gotten on this album and who would you wish to collaborate with sooner or later?
Chris Rivers: On this one, it’s minimal options; Oswin Benjamin, Denzil Porter and Anthiny King. There are some verses from them, however a number of it’s the place voices have been wanted and background melodies. They added a lot dopeness to the challenge. On this one it was principally solo. It was most like a venture coming from me. After doing this one primarily solo, my subsequent undertaking, I undoubtedly need to collab far more. It’s bizarre, there’s a bunch of individuals I need to collab with, however it’s actually an excessive amount of to call. I might go straight to the highest. I might like to collab with, Kendrick or an “Em” collab, however I need to collab with everyone actually; each means above me in notoriety and nearer to my standing as nicely. It’s actually about rising as an artist and I feel one of the simplest ways to try this is to collab with anybody you are feeling is dope and may increase your artistry, so I’m wanting ahead to it.
You needed this album to be an introduction to your progress. Was it achieved intentionally to not have many options?
Chris Rivers: I feel it’s only a reason for the impact. It wasn’t intentional that it occurred that means. It was actually only a place I used to be coming from. I received numerous my full ideas out on the songs. I feel general, I needed to develop, and I needed to showcase that and problem myself. It type of simply occurred that means, nevertheless it wasn’t intentional. All of it comes again to that want to develop and want to show to myself that I could make a challenge that I like. I barely like a number of the work that I put out earlier than. I didn’t really feel prefer it was full general; getting the ideas out. I didn’t really feel like I had the talent degree to get out what I heard in my head. That is the closest that I’ve ever gotten to it. I used to be simply actually digging into that feeling this venture and whereas exploring that, I made all these songs and a whole lot of them have been full. It wasn’t strategic, however it all works out for the technique in the long run. I used to be happy.
I’ve all the time needed to ask you this, Huge Pun has been gone for 19-years now. He was solely 28-years previous. Given immediately’s local weather, the place do you assume he can be musically if nonetheless concerned in any respect?
Chris Rivers: Yo, it’s loopy, I ask myself that typically. It’s exhausting. I feel he would have had… he died in 2000, we’re in 2019, that’s 19-years. He solely was actually out for like 2 ½ years. He solely actually had 2-projects out and the third one was only a compilation and he was on the prime of his recreation on the time. He in all probability didn’t even hit his prime but. I feel he would have been an actual prevalent piece in it. He made stuff as hardcore as, “You Ain’t A Killer,” however he additionally made, “Nonetheless Not A Participant.” His vary and his versatility was simply ridiculous, so I feel he would’ve slot in and been a pioneer. I feel he would have had a long term. I feel he undoubtedly in all probability would have retired by now. He was an formidable dude and he was a genius and he needed to construct an empire, so I can see him being one of many people who placed on different younger artists. I don’t know the place my life can be if he was nonetheless alive. I don’t know if I might be rapping. I feel I might be, however I don’t understand how that might go, you understand what I imply. It’s undoubtedly fascinating to consider. I’ve all the time had a love for it, whether or not he did this or not or who he was, nevertheless it’s just like the butterfly impact. It’s onerous to type of extrapolate the place my life can be due to the billions of occasions that might be totally different as a result of he was alive. I might be anyplace. I feel I might nonetheless be rapping. Think about if me and him collabed. I might have grown so much quicker. It’s simply totally different. It’s loopy to consider undoubtedly.
He was 28-years previous and in his prime, you’re presently 25, do you are feeling that is your prime or do you are feeling the most effective is but to return?
Chris Rivers: Oh yeah, I’m nonetheless a child proper now. I might say I’m like a younger baby; virtually teenage years. I’m nowhere close to my prime but. I really feel like I simply type of cracked via that first seal perhaps the second seal, however I really feel like I simply cracked by means of it and going into the entire different aspect of my artistry and doing extra than simply rapping. The expansion is quite a bit on this undertaking, however it’s simply the floor, so I do know I haven’t hit my prime artistically in any respect but. And even notoriety clever and affect, nowhere close to my prime. I do know I’m going to go method additional than I’m proper now.
Let individuals know why they need to cop this album in August.
Chris Rivers: It’s produced by the unimaginable, Rod The Producer. I’m not simply saying this for promotion, I genuinely and wholeheartedly really feel that that is the perfect undertaking I’ve ever put out by any means. I like it probably the most. It’s dope, bro. I impressed myself all through it. It’s introspective, it’s deep, I feel you get to know me extra and I feel that it’s going to make you assume, it’s going to make you have got enjoyable and it’s going to take you on a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings and ideas. On the finish of it hopefully you’ll really feel such as you might be the best too as a result of that’s what I discovered all through the venture. I need to convey that message to others, so I undoubtedly really feel like everybody ought to take heed to it at the very least as soon as and perhaps a thousand occasions in the event you prefer it.