Homegrown (2013) – Chris Webby
Entertainment One Music
Norwalk’s own indie rapper Chris Webby is back at it again with his 2nd EP, Homegrown, following his first EP titled There Goes the Neighborhood. The EP basically follows the transformation of Chris Webby from a lesser-known rapper to a full-blown artist with swagger.
Even though Chris Webby is starting to make a name for himself, he still has a little ways to go. I like what I see on the EP but I felt like more could have been done. The beats featured throughout the album hit the mark and the production seems to be on par, but the lyrics made me cringe and step back a little.
Being a famous artist isn’t all about who can party the hardest and who has the most swag. Although the rap game does include these facets, they are not the aspects that make an album great. Deeper lyrics and more thoughtful content make an album stand out from the rest. Unfortunately that is what Homegrown lacks; thoughtful lyrics.
Tracks like “Down Right” and “Do Like Me” show the raw potential that Webby has. These two tracks feature Webby’s swagger mixed with a great sound that can move an entire club. They show that Webby has the potential to be the “star” that he raps about.
Webby has come a long way since his first EP and all his mix tapes. He is maturing and learning the ways of the game. I like what I hear on the album, but there is massive room for improvement. Perhaps his third album will feature Webby at his greatest, because third time’s the charm, right?