By Ryan Asselin
Schenectady is home to many famous actors, writers and scientists, but the city is not known for producing musicians.
Chris Buskey, who attended Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, didn’t start rapping until he was 17. In my recent interview with Buskey, we discussed what it’s like making music and trying to make it out of Schenectady as well as his most recent mixtape, Senioritis.
After his high school graduation, Buskey went to St. John Fisher University for a year before ultimately graduating from Sage College in December 2012 as an English major. Buskey is currently a courier for a law firm and hopes to attend law school in the near future.
Music only recently became a serious passion of Buskey’s, but he is already making moves. He had a meeting with J.Cole’s A&R representative down in New York City a few months ago, an impressive feat for a newcomer.
Going by the name of “Buggz Buskey,” Chris released his first official mixtape, Senioritis, on Christmas.
Recorded entirely in his basement, Senioritis is split up into three sections, all separated by a cappella raps. The mixtape chronicles his interpretation of his senior year in college.
The first part of his senior year journey features songs about “having a blast” and living the party lifestyle.
The eighth song, “Nothing 2 Something (Acapella),” acts as a transition from the hard partying aspect of senior year to the more serious parts, in which Buskey recognizes that he has to grow up.
The next four songs are darker; he raps that he has to either “get with it or get lost.” “The Recipe (Acapella)” is written with pain, ambition, hope,and all of the other feelings Buskey experienced before graduation, marking the final stage of his senior year.
The final seven songs are uplifting, summarized by the outro, in which Buskey raps, “the time is now.”
The cover of the mixtape is poetic in itself. Taken the night after his last final exam of senior year, Buskey sleeps, clutching his backpack, in a sea of empty bottles next to a beer pong table littered with books and a laptop. Daylight streams in through the window behind him. The cover was designed by Buskey’s current housemate, Joe Cimmino, of JC Designs.
Upon the release of Senioritis, Buskey took down most of his previous songs.
“Everyone has shit to say, but it has to be said right,” Buskey told me.
Fame and money are common goals for most musicians, but Buskey would rather get his words out. “Even when I’m gone I’ll live on through my songs. That’s my legacy, sort of like a second me,” he said.
In “RIP Otis,” he sings, “rap so exceptionally/they swear that my conception be immaculate well actually/it just be God directing me/How could I take the credit?”
Buskey feels he cannot take credit for what shaped his mind and how he thinks now. No matter where life takes him, Buskey will always remember where he came from and how he got to where he is.