Harlem born and bred, rapper Crystal Caines got her start as a producer. First working with A$AP Ferg
, Caines -- who also lists engineering, mixing, and singing on her résumé -- produced "A Hundred Million Roses," her first song with the rapper, and went on to put her mark on "Lord," the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
collaboration on Ferg
's 2013 debut, Trap Lord.
With a tough and direct delivery, Caines made the move to the mike in 2014 on her debut single, "Whiteline," which featured a verse from Ferg
. Continuing their studio chemistry, Caines produced and rapped on a handful of songs on his Ferg Forever mixtape, including the track "Reloaded (Let It Go Pt. 2)" with M.I.A.
In late 2015, Caines issued a series of singles on a self-titled digital EP. Showcasing her versatility, the songs varied from gruff ("Play Tough") to experimental ("As I Am"), with polished production and guests like Kris Kasanova
, Guylaire, and Lenisha Nelson. When not working on her own songs, she featured on Baauer
's "Swoopin," produced tracks for Smoke DZA
, and continued her partnership with A$AP Ferg
on 2016's collaboration with Skrillex
, "Hungry Ham." In 2017, Caines released "No Drama," "Run with Me," and "Fuckery" (again, with Ferg
) in the lead-up to her Vertigo EP. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi