Chris Barnett x Downtown

Downtown is proud to announce our latest signing with multi-Platinum songwriter, producer, engineer, instrumentalist, and composer Chris Barnett, professionally known as CB MIX. A cornerstone of Chicago’s rap and drill music scene, and one of the creators behind Lil Pump and XXXTENTACION’s global hit “Arms Around You” featuring Maluma and Swae Lee, Chris has organically built a catalog with some of the most culturally defining artists in contemporary music such as Chance the Rapper, Juice WRLD, Kanye West, Smylez, Young Chop, and Chief Keef, among others.

Building a network from his early days as producer/engineer in his hometown of Chicago, Chris landed a spot on Chance’s acclaimed Coloring Book (2016) for the song “Mixtape” featuring Young Thug and Lil Yachty. The project went on to win the GRAMMY for Best Rap Album, becoming the first streaming-only body of work to do so.

In 2018, a year when hip-hop accounted for over 25% of all streamed music in the U.S., Chris contributed to songs that garnered nearly two billion of those plays. He co-produced Wiz Khalifa’s single “Hopeless Romantic” featuring Swae Lee, Juice WRLD’s single “Wasted” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, and the top 10 Kanye West and Lil Pump single “I Love It” — as well as Lil Pump’s “Esskeetit” and Pump and Desiigner’s “Overseas.” Following his success with Pump on numerous hit songs, Chris will have significant contributions on his upcoming album, Harverd Dropout, set to release in 2019.

In addition to his work as a record producer, Chris has an extensive background in audio engineering and operates his own recording studio, Glass Tree Creative. Based in downtown Chicago, the studio is frequented by the likes of Chance, Juice WRLD, Vic Mensa, G Herbo, Desiigner, Lil Bibby, and Tee Grizzley — and has become a creative hub for many projects including Juice WRLD’s “Hide” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).

Read the full story at Music Business Worldwide.

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