“God blessed me with a voice to deliver, so I’m telling my story.” C5 is an intricate lyricist from Oakland, CA who uses his craft to speak about his experiences that led him to where he is today. As a young creative, growing up in the Bay Area was a tough battle he fought every day. Being surrounded by the wrong people led C5 to make wrong decisions and almost destroyed his future. However, after being accepted into CSU Dominguez Hills in the Los Angeles area, his life immediately took a turn in the right direction and he began his journey in search for a positive environment filled with blessings and inspiration.
C5 began rapping in the eighth grade and has been at it since. The name “C5” stands for Chris Five, Chris being an abbreviation of his first name and the Five stands for the block he’s from (59th street). “I was given the name by a friend I used to run the streets with.”
The avid recorder has opened up for artist such as; Chance The Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, Usher, Bryson Tiller, Warren G, Nipsey Hussle, performed with Royce Da 5’9 and more. C5’s single “Straight Up” placed #11 on Spotify viral 50 chart and #19 on Billboard Viral 50 chart. Has had music played on reputable radio stations in California, Georgia, Texas, South Carolina and Florida. Also, C5 is the CEO of Dorm Flow® apparel which is sold online and in CSU Dominguez Hills bookstore.
Being a former academic mentor at middle schools in South Central, LA, he has continued to give back to the community by performing/speaking at middle schools, high schools, colleges, NAACP meetings, Juneteenth events, graduations and more. “I just want to be the best role model I can for the youth so they wont have to undergo the same adversity I did.”
C5’s really began to soar in his career when he dropped his project “Dorm Flow” which he recorded and engineered in his dorm room himself. His most successful projects since then have been “Dorm Flow 2” and his most recent, “Only Up From Here”. Now available on all platforms.
“Rapping is more than just music for me. It’s like oxygen, I can’t live without it.”