Chris Barnett
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Chris Barnett

Wichita, Kansas, United States | SELF

Wichita, Kansas, United States | SELF
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"Chris Barnett "Esteem" Drops TODAY 03162010 on www.chrisbarnettpresents.com"

Respect. Honor. Prestige. These are just a few attributes that Chris Barnett embodies. With an unparelled talent, Barnett is offering an authentic full-course hip
hop meal in his latest endeavor ‘Chris Barnett Presents: Esteem’.
Acknowledging the foundation on which hip hop was built and offering
his blueprint for the future, Barnett is a star on the rise. His
love of music started in 1986 as a three-year-old watching hip hop
luminaries
like Whodini, Jam Master J and Run DMC. Emulating their catchy
flow, eclectic style and funky fresh dance moves, Barnett found his
first love.


“They inspired me to rap, make good music and tell vivid stories through punch lines and rhymes over dope beats,” Barnett says.


And good music is the conundrum many feel hip hop has found itself in; with many artists leaving out the substance and quality for rump-shaking beats and catchy choruses.


“Right now, hip hop is suffering. Instead of useful lyrics with meaning and purpose, the only thing that’s
important is swag and a dance step,” proclaims Barnett.


Returning from a four year hiatus, Barnett—now all grown up—is focused on bringing meaning back to what was lost with his highly-anticipated ‘Chris Barnett Presents:
Esteem’, a project that’s been a year in the making.
An EP with 10 tracks dedicated to bringing the reverence back to hip
hop. With tracks running the gamut in content and guest appearances
from the legendary Rudy Love, Sr., there’s no shortage of talent in
‘Esteem’.


Barnett and his team are laying the groundwork for a successful future. The album will be offered on his website www.chrisbarnettpresents.com as free downloads on March 16.


“The reason it’s free is because people don’t buy music anymore but prefer to download…I’m not money hungry, I just want to get my name out there. You can’t
buy respect.”


Gearing up for his first performance on April 1st showcasing his latest music, Barnett will be performing at RockStar Thursday at Rock Island Live in Old Town.


“Esteem is an alternative to the watered-down music scene offering something for everyone. This is hip hop straight from the heart.”


**To contact for booking, press, general inquires email aonya.kendrick@yahoo.com


- http://www.icthiphop.com


"HipHopJunkiez.com Presents "Under The Radar" feat: Chris Barnett"

I came a across an artist with a flow that’s speaks to the people on a level that some may not understand. Chris Barnett a real humble talented type of guy, with grace and presents alone draws a moth to a flame.

Chris was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. Having the passion for rhyming at an early age he stunned his female peers with much charm and wit. Chris first project was like any other starving artist all he had was a church mic and a basement, which later turned in to a more professional approach in 2006. He furthered and experimented with his projects “The City is Mine” later became two volumes. With all triumph and disappointments Chris put his life dreams on hold because of the death of close family members took hold to his soul.

He later begin to speak and write for several other artist in 2007, which lead back to his natural grind in 2010 with several albums that are highly impressive from “ Esteem”, “Growth”, “Power”, “Yoa Ming” and many more. Chris really took a toll with his song “Death of Swag“, which I believe is a bold statement to the game. Chris strives for originality in his music he stated in our interview that “It’s the meat of the song and not the chorus that makes the music great”.

With influences from his favorite artist such as NAS, Eminem, and Lincoln Park, Chris diversity is what makes him unique and set him apart from any other starving artist. Towards the end of the interview Chris gave many props to his manager Kyle Williams, and his Video Guru Josh Hernandez. He also shouted out his life time friends the Wolf pack and last but totally not least his number one fan; his queen Aonya. To find more about Chris Barnett check out his music videos for his latest singles "Substance Abuse" & "Yao Ming" below and for other songs go to chrisbarnettpresents.tumblr.com - http://www.hiphopjunkiez.com


"Some Midwest Local Love; Chris Barnett Mixtape-Triumph!"

Chris Barnett MC is based out of Wichita, Ks and is looking like an up and comin' artist that knows how to lay down some legit hip hop music. He hooked up with another Kansan artist, Stik Figa on a track called Chauffeur (Remix), it's a great track and the mixtape is overall good!

- http://midwestsounds.blogspot.com


"Local Musician Chris Barnett"

Guest post by Ashley Bell

Visionary. Pioneer. Maverick. Chris Barnett is a breath of fresh air to the stale state of hip hop. His love of music started in 1986, when he was a three-year-old watching veterans like Whodini, Jam Master J and Run DMC.

“They inspired me to rap, make good music and tell vivid stories through punch lines and rhymes over dope beats,” Barnett said.

Barnett said he feels that hip hop music is currently suffering, because many artists are leaving out the substance.

“Instead of useful lyrics with meaning and purpose, the only thing that’s important is swag and a dance step,” Barnett said.

Focused on bringing meaning back to what was lost, Chris Barnett created Chris Barnett Presents: Esteem, an EP with 10 tracks dedicated to bringing the reverence back to hip hop. Along with a graphic designer, publicist and manager, Barnett devised and implemented his business and marketing plans for his music career. To keep initial overhead down, Barnett and his team decided the album would be offered for free on his website starting March 16.

“The reason it’s free is because people don’t buy music anymore but prefer to download. I’m not money hungry, I just want to get my name out there. You can’t buy respect,” Barnett said.

Barnett will be performing at RockStar Thursday at Rock Island Live (101 N. Rock Island) April 1.

“’Esteem’ is an alternative to the watered down music scene offering something for everyone. This is hip hop straight from the heart,” Barnett said. - VerbICT.com


Discography

The City is Mine Volume 1 (2005)
The City is Mine Volume 2
(2006)
Chris Barnett Presents..........Esteem (2010)
Chris Barnett Presents..........Triump (2011)

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Bio

The year is 1986. The location is Wichita, KS. The blue house sits on the corner. Inside the house, the television is tuned into Black Entertainment Television because there was still a lot of soul in B.E.T. and Donnie Simpson was at the forefront. Video Soul is on and, as usual, the music is non-stop funk. The television is in the front of house and there's a 3 year old kid in the back room of the house by himself. The kid is playing with every toy he has, proudly parading around in nothing except his He-Man underwear, and holding his Teddy Ruxpin bear by its neck. Nothing too exciting is going on right now. It's just another regular, lazy day, but that lazy day changed quickly.

"The next video is from a trio out of Brooklyn, New York. This is their latest single 'One Love'. Whodini, right here on Video Soul, ya'll." The kid didn't hear anything Donnie Simpson said except 'One Love' and 'Whodini'. Teddy Ruxpin hits the ground. Chaos ensues as the kid begins, frantically, rummaging through the closet and drawers looking for the necessary equipment to go watch his favorite video. He looks under the bed and he finds his, all powerful, almighty................black top hat. The same black, Zorro-style, hat that Ecstasy of Whodini wore.

The kid puts the hat on and heads, at full speed, down the hallway to get in front of the television. Anything, or any one, in his way, will not be spared.
He makes it to the television and, at this point, nothing else matters. The kid can't even say his own name clearly, but there is no question about what's coming out of his mouth now; "One love, one love. You're lucky to just to have just one looooove." He's rocking to the beat like he's been dancing and singing for years. His mother, his aunts, and his uncle watch him and laugh. It's comical to them but it is NOT a game to little man. With one little finger in the air, he continues, "One love, one love. You're lucky just to have just onnnne."

Every since those days, that’s all it's been for me; music, music, and more music. My uncle played Run DMC, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, Public Enemy, N.W.A. and Babyface and a lot of Zapp and Roger (not hip-hop but definitely classic). My aunts were really into Michael Jackson, Al B. Sure, Heavy D., New Edition, Tony Toni Tone, Guy etc. My mother played the crooners, Levert, Whitney Houston, and Luther (she very rarely said his last name). It was always a very nice blend of everything. I still get weird looks, though, when I play Linkin Park.

In middle school, I started writing my own things, mostly silly poems. The poems got serious when my best friend, at the time, took a liking to a certain girl in our grade. I made a deal with him; I’ll write her a poem and you can say that the poem is from you. In return, you have to buy me some French fries with cheese and a Hawaiian Punch at lunch. What was his response? Deal!! I gained a lot of weight in middle school.

Okay, so…..I have a talent. I have to craft this talent and actually do something with it. My first steps were to study the greats. Listen and understand what made them the legends that they are. I listened to ‘Ready to Die’, ‘Me Against the World’, ‘Illmatic’, ‘Reasonable Doubt’, ‘Doggystyle’ ,’Amerikka’s Most Wanted’ , ‘The Great Adventures of Slick Rick’ just to name a few. I listened to, and studied, the uniquely intricate word play of Eminem. I felt the passion of Eminem, DMX, Nas, Tupac and I took all of these aspects, as well as aspects from a list of artist too large to name, and I incorporated it all into my own style. INCORPORATE AND NOT IMITATE!!

I’ve battled (I hope they’ve recovered), ghost written, and murdered guest spots. I’ve studied, I’ve listened, I’ve learned and now it’s time for me to take. I am Chris Barnett. Welcome to my world.