Chris Mahonen, Young Winners


Chris Mahonen is a 19 year old hip-hop artist from a small town in Alberta, Canada. He started rapping at the age of 12 after being highly influenced by artists such as 50 Cent, Young Jeezy and the legend himself, Tupac. Chris released his first 8 track mixtape at the age of 13 under the name Snowman Soulja. After receiving positive reviews from all of his peers he began works on his second mixtape, “Closer To My Dreams.” The 19 track mixtape was released on December 30th 2009. The mixtape gained even more hype from his last release and started to get noticed outside of his peers.

After noticing a rise in a fan base, Chris continued the grind and started working on his 3rd mixtape, “Lost In My Own Thoughts” or simply “LIMOT.” The 15 track Mixtape was released on September 1st, 2011 as a free download at Hot New Hip Hop. The mixtape instantly took off with thousands of views and all through his hometown and began to gain downloads and recognition from all across Canada. This gave Chris even more inspiration and dedication to continue the hustle in pursuing a career in the rap industry. He began working on his 4th mixtape “Self Therapy” as soon as “LIMOT” was released. While dropping tracks in between “LIMOT” and “Self Therapy,” Chris began to notice an ever growing fan base which was larger than ever and released the 17 track mixtape “Self Therapy” on March 27th, 2012 to a bigger than ever fanbase.

The mixtape gained over 3,000 views and hundreds of downloads in its first week alone. The mixtape still garners downloads and views to this day and can be downloaded here. In between “Self Therapy” and his latest release, Chris worked with a clothing company and also management company. He underwent an artist development program which would later not offer what he was needing so Chris parted was from the management. Chris then decided it was time to regroup and figure some things out independently. After creating a new collective, he started works on his latest release “Christmas” or “CHRXSTMXS.” With a bit of a different, more serious sound to it, the mixtape was very personal for Chris apposed to anything else he has made to date.

After a very long writing process and beat selection, Chris would narrow the track list down to only 12 songs while keeping the mixtape a secret throughout the making. On December 30th 2013, the mixtape was finally released and can be downloaded here. The hype picked up right where it left off. With nothing but positive reviews and copious amounts of views and downloads from all over, Chris felt a surge of success in his career. As of late Chris has been developing his crew/fan base identity of “Young Winners.” He continues to make constant music, along with producing beats and working with new artists. Chris works on everything from features to producing some tracks for other artists.

Most recently, Chris has been working on new music for his 6th mixtape release which is unnamed at the moment. New singles and music videos will be released from him as soon as late 2014 or early 2015. There can be a lot to be expected from the rapper known as Chris Mahonen in the next year or so as his momentum never dies. This is the beginning of an everlasting career from the 19 year old hip-hop artist.

Follow Chris Mahonen on Twitter @ChrisMahonen.

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