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Survivor's Chris Noble Explains The Adorable Origin Behind His Raps The divisive castaway talks about his exit from the game, his feud with Wendell and Dom, and his sick rhymes.
Posted on Apr 12, 2018 02:50pm

Love him or hate him, Survivor: Ghost Island fans can't deny that 27-year-old male model Chris Noble was fun to watch out there in Fiji.

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Whether he was killing it in the physical challenges or dropping rhymes, Chris was managed to escape Tribal Council until the merge, where he was blindsided with a vote orchestrated by his rivals in the game, Wendell and Domenick.

We spoke with the latest cast-off from Ghost Island to talk about his inspiration behind the raps, his confidence, and his ultimate downfall in the game.

Gotta ask about the rapping. Have you always dropped rhymes or was that a Survivor speciality?

Chris Noble: Well, if you must know, it all started back when I was a little high schooler. I had a crush in high school, she ended up being my first love and I used to write her love poems. And eventually, one day, I was in Chicago and I'm like, "You know what? I think I'm gonna start messing around with this."

And I started writing raps. I never claimed I was a rapper or what not, even out there on the island, but I think it's entertaining. I think it's fun. I'm comfortable in my own skin. So I started doing them out on the island and everyone loved them. They had a good laugh at them.

I never was telling people I was JAY-Z, even though we share the same birthday. But you know, everyone seemed to like them and have a good time with them. Except Wendell.

Glad that you brought that up, because we wanted to know how you respond to what Wendell said at Tribal about your rap skills.

Chris: [Laughs] You don't think I didn't know this was coming, right? I just thought it was poor sportsmanship. I thought it was ridiculous. I'm the one that got voted out losing the battle with two guys, not one, and I didn't bad mouth them or do any low blows.

I did it with class and whatever warranted the anger for Wendell to go real deep and have low blows on me was just not classy. I don't think it was necessary. That's just the way it is. It is what it is; I bring out the best in people and I bring out the worst in people.

And you know what? My Ponderosa video? I'm not claiming it's the next big hit, but it sure as hell is fun and entertaining and to me, that's all that matters.

Hey, we got a kick out of it.

Chris: Thank you! I'm happy you did. That was the whole point. It's supposed to be humorous and any die-hard Survivor fan would love it because it's got the gameplay and the Ponderosa.

Can I please give credit to James and Ryan, too? Just great editing, great creativity. They really made this happen as well.

In last night's episode, you took the whole tribe—besides Wendell and Domenick—aside to try and strategize for Tribal. Why do you think the group didn't go with your proposal?

Chris: I actually didn't take the whole tribe to the water well. It was perceived that way by Dom and Wendell. I actually went to Angela and Des to talk strategy because it was my first Tribal and I didn't really know what to expect and I wanted to talk with them because they were some close allies.

So we're walking to the water well and then everyone follows. At that point, I'm like, "Okay. I've never seen this on Survivor before, what do I do?" And people were just quiet and then they act like, "Oh, all 11 of us are out here and we're just gonna talk about how great the challenge was."

And this was the beginning of my demise. It was a mistake, but impulsively... I was frustrated that people were out there thinking they were just on vacation, sipping on mimosas. I came out there to play. That frustration and impulsive behavior probably cost me. And they probably didn't want to side with me because they didn't want Chris Noble calling the shots.

I don't necessarily disagree with all of them not wanting to go my route. I get it. It was a huge mistake on my part. But from a gameplay point of view, I think it was the right decision to do. I mean, Dom and Wendell, power couple, one's clearly got an Idol. Wendell has an Idol, and apparently some people might've known that.

At the end of the day, in Survivor, don't we get rid of power couples and people that have Idols? Yes.

You mentioned this a little bit, but you made it to the merge and onto the Jury going to Tribal only once. Not an easy feat. What was going through your head on your way to your very first Tribal so many days in?

Chris: In big moments like that, I relax myself. If you let the moment get the best of you, your thoughts can really get screwed up. So I didn't know what to expect. I wasn't sold on using the Idol or not, it was really going to be dictated on how I thought Tribal went and who plays what as far as advantages and Idols and what not. So I was just claiming myself.

I told myself, "Look, man, you knew going into this game that this is the moment you were waiting for. This is the moment where you've spent all your energy building all these relationships and if you have any chance of winning this, this is the moment you're going to find out."

I didn't know what lines were drawn and I had to trust my ability to connect with people from all parts of America and all parts of life. My confidence in building those relationships is honestly what led to my demise.

And being an idiot and having a pow-wow with 11 people at the water well. [Laughs]

Can you talk a little about your relationship with Domenick? Why do you think you guys were butting heads?

Chris: I had a bad feeling about Dom before the game even started. And then he pulled that stunt, calling me out. I thought that was a clear indicator that he had something against me and I had to eliminate him.

And for the record, I don't regret any of that because Dom and I had an incredible rivalry. For the game, I loved every second of it even though I was the one that came out on the bottom.

It seems like you guys had a very amicable parting. Do you think you could be friends outside of the game?

Chris: We're great friends outside of the game. Obviously we both live in New York; my mom's side is from New York. His family is amazing. I have nothing but respect for him.

I know it might be hard for some people close to me to think that way about this guy that was pretty relentless on me the whole season. But I know who he is outside of the game. He's a great husband and father, and I'm happy to have gotten that friendship.

That's great to hear. What would you say you learned about yourself during your time on Survivor?

Chris: That's a good question. I learned to be proud of myself. Let me elaborate. There were a lot of people in my life, as I grew up, that were close to me, that seemed to never wanna let me shine fully. Because I am an interesting personality.

For the longest time, I felt like I could never just be honest and be like, "I'm proud of myself. I'm proud of who I am. I don't care what you think, I'm going to be myself and I'm not going to let your opinion matter."

When I went out to Survivor, I was ready to prove all those people who were trying to hold me back wrong. I went out there and I was myself, whether you liked me or not. And I learned after the game to finally admit to myself that I'm proud of myself for everything that I've accomplished.

It's something that too many people try to shoot down on me. Like, "You're cocky, you're arrogant!" Well, I don't think it's cocky or arrogant at all to be proud of yourself. Or to go out and be you. And I will continue to be like that.

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