Growing up in Philly, 22-year-old rapper and model Chynna Rogers wasn’t the average high school student. She signed to Ford Models at only 14 and as a teen was traveling to New York City on weekends to shadow A$AP Yams and hang out with the A$AP Mob.
“I went to A$AP Rocky's first stop in Philly ever when he only had one tape out [2011’s Live.Love.A$AP] -- I was in 10th grade at the time,” Rogers told Billboard. “I tweeted them pictures I took at the show. I wanted to A&R and I was inspired by the way [A$AP Yams] went about molding Rocky's career.”
Once they connected, instead of enlisting Rogers for A&R, Yams pushed her to pursue the music she was writing. Rogers subsequently released viral hits “Selfie” in 2013 and “Glen Coco” in 2014 before releasing the I’m Not Here. This Isn’t Happening EP (a Radiohead reference), in July 2015.
While she delivers melodic flows inspired by the sophisticated cadence of Gucci Mane over brooding and atmospheric production akin to Clams Casino, Rogers is also known for her ability to meld the worlds of art and culture. Her 2016 release Ninety features artwork from the seventh studio album of ’80’s heavy metal band Blue Oyster Cult and she paid homage to Hitchcock with the bird-filled video for “The Conversation.”