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Spotlight Travels: Queensbridge, NY with Chris Jones

In 2010, he successfully began his road to stardom by releasing his first mix tape, Creative Control which was hosted by the acclaimed DJ Mick Boogie. It not only made a splash in the underground music world, thus surpassing industry expectations, but mainstream outlets such as Source Magazine also titled Chris as one of the top “hot up and coming rappers.” 
Chris started his career at a young age by watching people from his famed neighborhood such as Nas and Mobb Deep reach global music success. Though he was still only listening and creating lyrics as a hobby at this time, he realized his “dream” of doing what he loved, sharing his life experiences but at the same time never forgetting his roots, could actually become a reality. He eventually developed his own signature style by combining and intermixing the sounds from his role models, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kanye, Diddy and Fabolous, just to name a few.
In fact, this is what sets him apart from other artist hopefuls. He is a lyricist who is able to switch styles like chameleons who changes colors.  His music has many faces where it appeals to all individuals, from strugglers, to hustlers, to playboys, and even to women.

Chris Jones

And like his role models, instead of focusing his music on money, drugs and women, Chris aspires be a performer who tells his story through music. He stays true to his belief as his DJ Mick Boogie hosted mix tape, Creative Control, does just that. The title itself was created as a representation to hip-hop and its growth. Over time, he felt that hip-hop had been watered down to the point where artists were not talking about their true experiences. Therefore, Creative Control was a statement to the industry saying that he had complete power on what was on it. 
Because at the end of the day, Chris will never forget where he came from and he will always appreciate his roots.


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HollyDayz: What part of Queens, NY are you from?
Chris Jones: I grew up in Queensbridge in Long island City

HollyDayz: Each area of Queens has its own identity, what identity does you area have?
Chris Jones: Long island City birthed great Artist, Basketball stars but it was also known for violence  unfortunately.

HollyDayz: Name the top 3 things to do in Queensbridge/LIC?
Chris Jones: The area has changed a great deal since I was a teenager and I find myself enjoying the new restaurants like Blend On The Water. I still enjoy the view from the famous River park behind Queensbridge housing and I believe the best pizza is still made at Polito’s.

HollyDayz: Who are your influences?
Chris Jones: My influences were the guys who lived a block away from me as a kid. Nas grew up on the 40th side of Vernon. Havoc of Mobb deep grew up on 41st side of 12 street and the list goes on. It’s easy to say Jay-z, Biggie, Pac but watching nas film “Nas is like ” on my block really did it for me

HollyDayz: What opportunities do you think are available to you as a hip hop artist that you can only have in NY?
Chris Jones: To be honest there aren’t a lot of opportunities for NY artist. We have so many talented artist who get over looked because we are putting out music with substance. It will take co signs from successful artist to help a young NY artist take off. But you know what they say ” If you could make it here .. You could make it anywhere.” Look at French Montana, he continued to work hard and promote his music until a few doors finally opened for him.

HollyDayz: How do you think living in Queens has influenced you music?
Chris Jones: It has influenced it a great deal. IT gives life to the stories I tell in my music. Songs like Fall Back , and Schemin Scream Queens.

HollyDayz: What are some things people wouldn’t know about Queens?
Chris Jones: Queens is beautiful .

HollyDayz: Do you have a particular go to spot to eat in Queens?
Chris Jones: Moca Bistro in Forest Hills ..

HollyDayz: What makes New York hip-hop so different from another place?
Chris Jones: Its Real. From the days of the Tunnel to now Griffin or Perfections. All the hot new artist love to come here and perform because the energy here is hard to ignore.

HollyDayz: Many say New York hip-hop has fallen off, what are your thoughts on that?
Chris Jones: That is a joke. In a year we will see if folks are singing the same tune.

HollyDayz: Where is your favorite place to go that brings out your creativity?
Chris Jones: I honestly don’t have one place. Before I start a new project, i just go out and live. The words come naturally after you spent a good year going through ups and downs.

HollyDayz: Are there any artists you would like to work with in the neat future?
Chris Jones: I would definitely want to work with Curren$y.

HollyDayz: Describe your music to someone who has never heard it.
Chris Jones: Imagine a classic New York feel with a more polish flow. I mean who could be more polished than Jay, Big and Nas but im part of a different era   but i feel like we were cut from the same cloth.

HollyDayz: Describe Queens for someone who has never been.
Chris Jones: Imagine heaven … (laughs) Imagine a diverse area where everyone will show you how far hard work can take you. Dreams are made reality or destroyed due to bad choices. Queens is reality.

Keep up with Chris Jones on Twitter and Instagram! Head over to Soundcloud to listen to his music!!

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  • Tyra (@BarrisTourista)

    Awesome that you got that interview! Great photos and feature story.

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you!

  • Rattles and Heels (@RattlesandHeels)

    !use I am a Queens girl. I love Moca Bistro and although I don’t know much about Queensbridge I am a major Nas fan. I hope Chris keeps making music with substance and is persistent because he will surely make it. I can’t agree more Queens is beautiful

    • Holly Dayz

      I am a Queens girl too! He has the drive, I look forward to see what he is going to do next. Queens is beautiful and overlooked sometimes.

  • annalisa1988

    This is so cool that you got to interview him! Good job!

    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, very! Thank you!

  • mags

    That’s so cool that you got this interview. I always find it interesting when a lot of famous people come from one (relatively) small area. Must be something in the water.

    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks! Sometimes there is a drive that pushes many people from certain areas. They want something better.

  • Zofia Bałdyga

    WOW, congrats on getting this interview. Very unique insight.

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. Yes, I love to see different places through the eyes of others.


    Wow..this is great. It’s really cool that you got to interview him

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you.

  • Hannah

    Cool to see Queens through the Eyes of an artist. I’ve only been to NYC twice for weekends and stayed mainly in Manhattan, I’d love to get a chance to explore more of the city. Especially after reading this, I feel the need to find politos and try the pizza…my favourite so far is John’s in Broadway area. 🙂

    • Holly Dayz

      You must visit Queens on your next visit! It is a great place with a lot to do, see, and eat! I agree, it is great to see a part of Queens though the eyes of an artist!

  • Chris Boothman

    Cool interview! Always intriguing to hear about a location from a different persepctive especially through the eyes of an artist. Kudos to you for organizing this!

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you! It is a great thing to see a different perspective.

  • Stacie

    Cool interview. I can’t wait to get the chance to visit the place where hip hop originated!

    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks. New York is the mecca of it all. Great place.

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