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Who Is CyHi The Prynce?
Cydel Young (born September 15, 1984), better known by his stage name "Cyhi The Prynce", is an American hip hop recording artist from Stone Mountain, Georgia. He is signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label, also Bu Thiam's BuVision label, Kanye West's GOOD Music label and Def Jam Recordings. Cyhi has made appearances on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and has released five mixtapes, with the latest being Ivy League: Kick Back.
Growing up in Georgia, Cydel played various sports including football, basketball, and track and field, in addition to singing in school choirs and participating in school plays and dances. He was raised Baptist by strict parents, who didn't allow him to listen to rap music as a youth. However, Young cites his parents' methods as a foundation upon which he could build himself in character.
Cyhi first gained major buzz in 2010 when he received a co-sign from Kanye West. He reports that the singer Beyoncé, a friend of West and the wife of his mentor, Jay-Z, convinced Kanye to sign him to the rapper/producer's GOOD Music label. This culminated in Cydel's inclusion on the popular single to Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, "So Appalled" as well as several tracks from West's GOOD Fridays series.
His album Hardway Musical, which was announced on his Jack of All Trades mixtape is due out in 2012. He has already recorded with Royal Flush II producer CPK, and plans to work further with previous collaborators the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, No I.D. and Kanye West, as well as DJ Toomp, The Alchemist and Just Blaze.
Cyhi the Prynce appeared on G.O.O.D. Music's collaborative album, Cruel Summer, released September 18, 2012. Cyhi is featured on two tracks, including: "The Morning," along with Raekwon, Common, 2 Chainz, Kid Cudi, and D'Banj, and "Sin City," along with John Legend, Teyana Taylor, Malik Yusef, and Travis Scott. On January 29, 2013 he released his newest mixtape Ivy League: Kick Back. It featured guest appearances from 2 Chainz, B.o.B, Travis Porter, Yelawolf, Childish Gambino, Trae Tha Truth and Bobby Valentino among others. (Read More)
Ivy League: Kick Back Review
The thing about Cyhi the Prynce is that his projects never sound the same, which can be perceived as either a good or bad thing. With the recent release of his fifth mixtape, ‘Ivy League: Kick Back,’ the Atlanta emcee takes the idea of experimentation even further as he touches on every topic from weed indulgence to heavy-bottomed girls to his past street life.
The content is all over the place but the G.O.O.D. Music signee manages to maintain a certain status even while in the mishmash. Cyhi can actually rap. Some of the best attributes about ‘Kick Back’ are the subtle references made to his city. On ‘Nothing Else to Do,’ he spits over a sample from the Ghost Town DJs’ My Boo.’ The hook on ‘Favorite Things’ pays homage to certain A-Town staples without becoming a caricature of what out-of-towners believe Atlanta is.
There’s a good number of featured artists on ‘Kick Back’ including Big K.R.I.T., Childish Gambino, Yelawolf and 2 Chainz, among others. On ‘Mary Jane,’ Jet Life’s Smoke DZA joins the ode to good green but the Prynce does pretty well on his own, effectively filling the first two verses with sharp metaphorical references:
“My partner asked me ,’Could I hit her?’ so I let him smash / Now every time he ask to hit her / I say, ‘Where the cash?’/ She a ho but I love her like my bottom bitch / She even helped me get the money I bought my Monte Carlo with… When she was running with the trappers she called herself Shareefa / When she started dating rappers she changed her name to Keisha…,” he rhymes.
The features and production from people like Lex Luger and Beat Billionaire are all icing on the cake, but Cyhi is capable of shining on his own merit. Another jewel on ‘Kick Back’ is the introspective ‘Favorite Things,’ where Cyhi takes listeners on an audio road trip, revisiting his life before that pivotal meeting with Yeezy.
Over an ominous beat created by the Audibles, the rapper talks about long nights spent making the wrong decisions for the love of money and all the perks that come along with having a stack of it. The hook is almost eerie in its delivery, borrowing from Julie Andrew’s ‘My Favorite Things.’ Cyhi’s list is infinitely darker, and there’s no mention of warm apple strudels: “Pistols and robberies and strippers from Follies / A few bricks from Papi / Lambos and Rarris / Chevys and Caddys and Cutlass Supremes / These are a few of our favorite things…”
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