Chris Leoden is a new york city artist. Born and raised in The Bronx. His childhood days were spent in his Dad’s Record shop on 174th street and Boston Road. In the shop Chris would develop his ear and quickly fell in love with the art of music. He helped his dad run the business for a while then later moved to Washington Heights where he learned the streets as a young man.
“The Heights just had a completely different feel to it than the bronx. Not saying one is better than the other, they both have their qualities. I love The Bronx and am grateful to her. But at the time to me everything in The Heights just seemed so much more glamorous. Cutting edge. Fast. It just lured me in. Style was more important. Having the right connects, knowing the right people and getting your money up was way more important. It was like a free apprenticeship on how to be a boss.. well, kinda.. cause ain’t nothing free” -Chris Leoden
While hustling and grinding in the heights, He made a name for himself as an underground rapper
Alias, CyanaR, (curb your average notions armageddon’s real) – “a reminder to myself to rap like the world is on fire”
He put out various mixtapes and singles and collaborated with local artists.
But Soon realized however that his love for music ran a little deeper than just rap. While he reveres hip hop, he wanted to become a more well rounded musician. He wanted to sing, rap and play instruments. So he bought himself an acoustic guitar, said goodbye to The Heights and decided to travel america on a small budget. He lived in New Orleans, Miami, Virginia Beach, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa while teaching himself how to play guitar and writing an album.
Now Chris is back home and ready to drop his debut album titled, DON’T MENTION IT