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Young Chris, “I’m up there with Wayne and Juelz”

Young Chris remembers the Roc-A-Fella glory days fondly, but the Philly rapper is ready to move on his own now.

“It’s way harder, damn right,” he told “But it’s also easier because I know more. But I never thought I’d have to go through what I’m going through by myself. Roc-A-Fella was everything, we were the ’96 Chicago Bulls. We didn’t have to reach for anything. Now that I’m on my own two, I have to reach out to people and to artists myself. But they reach back because they’re still fans or they respect the grind and what we been through.”

The Young Gunz lyricist said he’s been working on his album for the past two years now. He’s looking for the right lead single and at this point said he’s 95 percent done and he’s hoping it will see the light of day by the end of the year.

The album is tentatively slated to be released on Def Jam, but according to Chris, all parties involved are “still working it out.”

In the meantime, C and Neef are still together and working on Young Gunz material. For his solo debut, Chris has a number of tracks he’s set to include on his yet-to-be-titled project, like the Twista-featured number “Ride With Me” and the autobiographical “Trouble.”

“I speak on the Roc-A-Fella situation, but [with this album] you’re gonna get a lot of Young Chris,” he explained. “You get to learn me. I got a mother, a daughter, a big family I got to take care of. You’ll hear what I’ve been going through.

“I feel like I’m up there with Lil Wayne and Juelz Santana,” he finished. “But I get overlooked. They starting to get it, though. There’s gonna be a whole lot of problems.”—Anthony Thomas.

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