Chris Crack Shares a Playlist Filled With Unique Hidden Gems for Black Music Month
As part of Billboard’s Black Music Month celebration, we've asked Black artists spanning all genres to compile their own unique playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. Each song they've chosen reflects their admiration for fellow artists -- from previous generations to the millennial era -- who have made an impact on the culture. Below, rising Chicago rapper Chris Crack shares his soundtrack.
“The importance of Black music can never be overstated. I chose these songs because this is the shit that raised me," Chris Crack tells Billboard. "It’s truly a melting pot of the Black music experience, as I’ve known it.
"This is the music I heard my mom, older brother, and aunts and uncles blasting from the stereo in the living room at family functions. These are songs that the dopeboys would pull up banging out the trunks of box chevy caprices while I played in the back of my project building.
"These are songs that I had to hurry up & cut off when my mom walked in my room, because my 11-year-old ass shouldn’t have been listening to all that cussing," he continues. "And songs from artists that inspired me. Songs that I still listen to while on my way to the studio to clear my head. I’m salty ALOT of the songs I would’ve picked aren’t on any streaming services due to being on mixtapes that got lost somewhere in the sauce. Low-key, my list would’ve damn near had Max B’s whole catalog and large amount Screwed Up Click on this motherfucker, but this is pretty satisfying for now.”
Chris Crack's latest project Never Hated I Just Waited was released in May. Check out his playlist -- which features deep cuts from Monica, Jodeci and Will Smith -- below.