The self-proclaimed “voice of the everyday youth” Crix Green’s music comes from his real life experiences, struggle and pain. With an undeniable talent for storytelling, Crix Green found refuge in music at the age of 20 using his art to vent frustration about the hardships and challenges he faced as a young man.
Growing up in a household of twelve wasn’t easy for New Orleans rapper for a number of reasons, most importantly being surrounded by streets filled with violence and crime. Despite the hardships he witnessed, Green had intentions to do the right thing to make his mother proud. However, as he made the transition from boyhood to manhood everything changed and he became fed up with used clothes and empty pockets. Green dropped out of school and turned to what seemed to be his only option, the streets. Green’s story is no different than the many other youths that go up against the streets; they left him with memories filled with pain and disappointment in himself and many of the people around him.
Inspired early on by Scarface and Tupac’s ability to share their deepest thoughts over the beat, Green was moved to use exorcise the pain from his past in his music. “My story is I come from the streets and I want people to know no matter the situation you can get whatever you want, you just have to put in the work,” says Green. “If I can switch from the streets to music anything in the world is possible.”
After the death of his close friend in 2008, Green was motivated more than ever to take his music to another level. He vowed to make his friend’s dream come true and to give 100% of himself to his music. The same year Green performed for the first time in his hometown where he received a rush watching the crowd vibing to his music. He describes being on stage as one of the best feelings in the world. “I love connecting with my people, they understand my struggles. The same thing you see in them you see in me” says Green. His lyrics recount the murders and life sentences Green has witnessed coming from bottom to where he is today. The transition from the streets where he was taught to be caged in has been a challenge for the rapper. “My whole life has been rough,” says Green.
Crix Green’s mixtape Keeping It Ben Franklin, a play on keeping it 100, reinforces the authenticity of his lyrics. “This whole mixtape is the truth nothing is fabricated, it’s me,” says Green. He teamed up with the infamous DJ Scream for Keeping It Ben Franklin, released on April 20, 2013. The mixtape received great reviews and continued to gain popularity. Fueled off the success of his mixtape, Crix immediately began working on his next project titled, “Statute of Limitations”; however his focus on the project had to take a backseat when he found himself battling legal issues. “I don’t look at those that cheer me on as fans I look at them as my people,” Crix says.
Once again inspired by his real life experiences, Green created the album to tell the story surrounding some of the issues he’s dealt with and his battle to survive. The latest single from the album “Feel Good” featuring fellow New Orleans native Juvenile merges the rappers rawness and paints the parallel story of the two growing in their hometown to create a smash hit. “Feel Good” has created buzz in hip-hop with praise from countless Crix Green fans and DJs across the country.
While “Feel Good” is getting the exact response Crix Green was seeking, he knows this record is just the beginning. He’s looking forward to dropping another single off “Gangster & A Gentleman” in spring 2014. “As long as I have something to say, I’m gonna keep doing music,” he says. No exaggeration, no lies or empty rhymes. Although naturally talented and entertaining, Crix Green’s authenticity is what will set him apart in today’s hip-hop industry.