Chris Barz

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Chris Barz
Also known as xllz
Born (1991-06-13) June 13, 1991 (age 24)
Origin Washington, DC
Genres Hip Hop, Go-Go, Fusion, Jazz, Rap, Dance, Electronica, Pop, R&B, Alternative, Dubstep
Instruments Piano, Guitar, Drums, Synthesizer
Associated acts Jesse Boykins III

Chris Barz (stylized as "x||z" ) is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer, video director, and fashion designer from Washington DC.[1] He dropped his first EP "Do You Know Him?" in late 2007 which featured Alicia Keys remix of "Feeling Me, Feeling You" entitled "Conversations WitHER" and was praised for his amazing wordplay at such a young age.[2] The style featured Chris rapping poetic, soulfully clever lyrics over musical accompaniment without any drums. The song "Regular Day" from "Do You Know Him?" got Chris recognized by Charles Giles who manages duo, the Best Kept Secret (production team) (responsible for production on Wale's 2009 Mixtape of the Year "The Mixtape About Nothing" ).

They immediately started working on a project that reflected that style of Chris's artistry, reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hip-Hop. Barz then released "You Cool", "Dreamers" and "School Aint Workin'" on Thanksgiving 2009. He then released his first full length mixtape entitled "Class[Sickz] Out The Dark" in December 2009.[3]The Washington Post wrote, "The underrated young DMV native may finally break through with his whip-smart, soul-fortified new mix tape, "Class[sickz] Out the Dark: A Dedication to Hip Hop."[4][5]

His first official music video directed by LightUp Films "Dreamers" featuring Soul Train Award Nominee Jesse Boykins III was put in daily rotation on MTVU and in France in early 2010.[6][7][8] In March 2010 while in pre-production for his next release "Angels & Jets", he and drummer band mate Tarek Mohammed produced "Stadium Status" which would later become the intro "Don't Hold You Applause" for Wale's first Maybach Music Group album, Ambition. On June 6, 2012, Barz was featured in Complex magazine as one of the 10 New DMV Rappers to Watch Out For, placing him at #2 on the list.[9][10] As of July 13, 2012, Wale's Ambition album was certified Gold by the RIAA certification moving over 500,000 copies, earning Chris his first Gold plaque. On April 18, 2013, Chris was listed in DC Chillin': 15 DMV Artists You Need To Know by XXL Magazine.[11][12] Barz is slated to release his second LP "Angels & Jets" produced majorly by himself early 2014.


Studio Albums/EPs

  • Do You Know Him? (2008)
  • Class[Sickz] Out The Dark (2009)
  • The Young Love EP (2010)
  • Angels & Jets (Expected 2014)