It’s fair to say that for most of the hip-hop community, the jury’s out on whether CyHi’s got enough to really make an impact. He seems to have had some great opportunities, from several features on Kanye’s much-loved G.O.O.D. Fridays series a couple of years ago to his inclusions on the Cruel Summer album, but never seems to do enough to stand out.
It’s another chance to change that here, and he’s got a great cast of supporting acts to help him boost his reputation. Guest spots include Childish Gambino, Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, Smoke DZA and several more, whilst the production lineup features Lex Luger, Beat Billionaire and a couple of newer names behind the boards. Generally speaking, I’ve tried to support CyHi’s work where possible, and here’s hoping the Atlanta native can now justify that; find out for sure with the free stream and download below.
CyHi the Prynce-Ivy League: Kick Back
Always a pleasure to have a full project from Lloyd, and with his recent releases from this tape being of a very good standard, there’s a good chance the rest of the tracks will follow suit.
13 tracks make this one up, with 4 of them being released at various intervals prior to today, whilst the rest keep the features to a minimum in order to give Lloyd a little more shine. The assists on the new tracks come from prominent rappers Lil’ Wayne, Trae Tha Truth and CyHi the Prynce, and I’m sure the unannounced production credentials make for a solid list too. Free stream and grab below.
Lloyd-The Playboy Diaries
G.O.O.D.’s captain Kanye West has just tweeted a few pictures of what’s assumed to be the artwork for the upcoming Cruel Summer album, set for a 4th September release.
It seems as though Tisci’s involved again with this one, with the borders bearing a heavy similarity to the Watch the Throne cover art, though the addition of a clearer centre point in the almost angelic figure marks an improvement over the WTT artwork.The aforementioned figure evokes a strange mix of emotions, with it suggesting innocence and purity when combined with the white/silver colouring, though there’s still something a little odd and almost ominous about it. I assume the latter would have come into Tisci’s thinking when designing this, due to both the name of the album and the slightly harder, more aggressive nature of the audio releases from the LP thus far. With little over a month to go, expect this to be the start of a ramp up in promotion, and hopefully that includes some new audio or video heading our way soon.
With the recent G.O.O.D. Music rejuvenation ahead of their upcoming Cruel Summer album, CyHi’s been suspiciously quiet. I assume he’s still a part of the collective, but has certainly taken a backseat to big-hitters such as Pusha T and Big Sean, so this is a great opportunity for him to return to the limelight.
Firstly, click here to view the back cover of the tape. It’s a very clever way of showing the tracklist, and deserves a mention. That shot also shows the heavy feature list, which has a raft of big names including Chris Brown, Lloyd, the aforementioned Big Sean, ScHoolboy Q and B.o.B and many more, in addition to some high-ranking producers. Funnily enough, the one track I’ve heard from this is a solo CyHi effort, Slick, and is a strong hip-hop effort that bodes well for the rest of the tape. Free grab below.
CyHi the Prynce-Ivy League Club
Some more eye-candy in this video, though this time it isn’t really necessary! Must admit I’ve had no real interest in CyHi in the past, and felt he was average and unable to carry a song on his own, generating a buzz purely because he’s a part of the G.O.O.D Music fam. Must say I may revise that harsh opinion on mine after hearing this. CyHi The Prynce not only flows impeccably and with confidence, but he sounds fresh in this too.
The use of the sample is great too; as good as M.O.P’s version is, I love the song that the sample is from, so I’m delighted that CyHi decided to use it in its proper form (without speeding it up chipmunk style!). Good effort, and I shall check his new stuff more closely from now on.
I believe this is from his Royal Flush 2 mixtape mixtape (which I’ve yet to listen to), so I’m going to have to listen to it now.
There isn’t much to say about this that I didn’t say a few posts below. The reaction to the first Royal Flush was mixed, yet that doesn’t seem to have stopped a tide of expectation from washing over this one, and from the track dropped off with Big Sean yesterday, we could be in for something enjoyable.
A few good features on this one, with Trey Songz, Yelawolf and B.o.B and others making appearances, and similarly a few solid producers are on board with CyHi here. He’s had a somewhat meteoric rise from obscurity to popularity by virtue of signing with G.O.O.D. Music, and it seems now is the time to deliver on the buzz. Mixtape can be grabbed for free below.
CyHi Da Prynce-Royal Flush 2
Solid effort here from the follow-up mixtape to CyHi’s Royal Flush, set to drop in a few hours. If I recall correctly, the aforementioned tape recieved relatively mixed reviews, but (Twitter’s) anticipation for this one still seems to be pretty high, and rightfully so on the basis of this track.
A horn-centric, jazz-inspired production makes for something a little different, and adds a real touch of class alongside an organic, easy listening appeal. CyHi delivers some good verses throughout, coming through with a clear, fairly slow flow that utilises the mellow nature of the production, whilst Sean opens his verses with a quicker flow that breaks up the song nicely, and slowly works his way down into the tempo of the production. Very solid all-round track, and looking forward to that mixtape.
CyHi The Prynce-Woopty Doo ft. Big Sean
Couple of days off on this, but with 15 rappers on one song, I think you’ll probably let it slide. For those that aren’t familiar with Racks, it’s essentially one of those infectious mainstream hip-hop tracks that comes out of nowhere and takes on a life of its own, helped in part by various rappers jumping on the beat (don’t worry, I’ve labelled them in order for you!).
14 of them join YC here, some having released remixes prior to this official all-star compliation, with most being very well known names. It’s hard to pick a winning verse from the bunch, though B.o.B, Trae Tha Truth and Nelly (surprisingly) made enjoyable contributions.
YC-Racks Remix ft. Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka Flame, CyHi Da Prynce, Bun B, B.o.B, Yo Gotti, Wale, Cory Gunz, Dose, Cory Mo, Nelly, Twista, Big Sean, Trae Tha Truth and Ace Hood
“In celebration of our 4th annual Freshman issue, we linked up with DJ Whoo Kid for the 2nd year in a row to release a mixtape showcasing the up-and-comers’ talents. XXL’s 2011 Freshman Class: The Mixtape features brand new music from Kendrick Lamar, Yelawolf, Lil B, Meek Mill, Mac Miller, Lil Twist, Fred the Godson, YG, Cyhi the Prynce and Big K.R.I.T. as well as some welcomed, surprise collaborations.”
Can’t say I agreed with some of this list when it was released, but we’ll see if my mind is changed by what those I doubt put forward on this tape. Aside from that, it’s always good to grab new material from the likes of Yelawolf and Kendrick Lamar, so this should definitely be one to add to the collection.
2011′s Freshman Class: The Mixtape
The official visuals for a good little collabo between all these four up-and-comers. XV has been on his grind for a little while now, churning out great track after great track, so it’s good to see some much needed airtime for the guy.
Nothing really to add what I already said about the audio (go cop that here), the visuals are decent enough, with the four of them banting it up in the club and Erin Christine looking as lovely as ever.
G.O.O.D Music artist Cyhi Da Prynce jumps on the remix of Talib Kweli’s I’m On One, with the original version found on Kweli’s recently released Gutter Rainbows (which you can purchase from iTunes now).
This version is actually taken from Talib’s upcoming mixtape Northern Lights, Southern Smoke, which is set to feature only Southern-based artists such as YelaWolf, Young Dro, Three 6 Mafia, Slim Thug and Roscoe Dash amongst others. Interesting idea, I’m sure you’ll agree. Keep an eye out here on OTU for that to drop, and if this track is anything to go by it’ll be fire.
Talib Kweli ft. Cyhi Da Prynce-I’m On One Remix
Once again, it’s not quite a Friday. However, with the busy Christmas/New Year period over, hopefully these will be back on regular schedule from next week!
The past week has seen some pretty interesting R&B/pop pieces: Duck Sauce came through with a great remix of Chromeo and Elly Jackson’s single, the well-respected Jackie Boyz dropped off a mixtape, Marsha Ambrosius delivered an incredibly thoughtful video, Eminem remixed Dirty Money’s Hello, Good Morning, and we were also treated to two more Dirty Money remixes. Click below for this week’s instalment.
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Edit: I messed up the link when I posted this last night (I am human after all!), link is fixed now.
XV just let this loose on his Twitter, and what a collaboration to let loose. Featuring fellow upcomers CyHi Da Prynce and Vado, each rapper brings likeable verses to a well-stocked table that contains a beat reminiscent of 2006/7 Kanye West, and an Erin Christine hook that also wouldn’t sound out of place on Ye’s 06/07 material: an all-round package that most certainly suits XV.
Definitely looking forward to what else all three of these rappers bring us in 2011. Download linkage below.
XV – All For Me ft. CyHi Da Prynce, Vado & Erin Christine
Longest title ever? Now, I’m fully aware this was ‘out’ about a week ago. However, you’ll find that version had tags, probably wasn’t good quality, and wasn’t an authorised drop. This, on the other hand, is the latest addition to GOOD Fridays (despite being a Weds/Thurs depending on where you’re from) and is most certainly official.
Have to admit I’m a little disappointed with this. The highlights are most certainly Teyana’s vocals, who could easily be mistaken for Beyonce with a well delivered and catchy hook. None of the verses are particularly outstanding given the names on show, although they’re fairly short for the most part (particularly Sean and Pusha’s), which in fairness doesn’t give them a chance to get a flow together. Worth a listen if you want to be festive, but without being corny!
Kanye West-Christmas In Harlem ft. Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Vado, Cyhi Da Prynce, Pusha-T, Musiq Soulchild, Teyana Taylor and Big Sean
Following on from Indi’s earlier Big Sean post, we have his fellow G.O.O.D Music artist CyHi Da Prynce and the official video for Living Wonderful off his recently released Royal Flush mixtape.
As you’d expect with a title such as this, it’s all about living the high life and the video more than matches the track with it’s extravagant theme and classy visuals. It’s also shot really well and has an extremely crisp and clean feel to it, which certainly makes it worth the viewing. From what I’ve heard of CyHi so far he’s got a big future in the game and this is just the start.
If you haven’t already, I recommend you grab the mixtape from here.
Ye’s very late on the GOOD Fridays this week, but let’s celebrate him finally getting J. Cole involved: these two could make some great music together, and this is a very good start.
Kanye serves up a good beat that blends the soul sounds of College Dropout with that signature pounding drumwork he’s taken to in his more recent material. It’s a successful synergy of the styles, and is also devoid of any ‘obvious’ hook which gives this a more old-school, posse cut flavour. Each rapper does a commendable job, though Big Sean and Cole stand out: Sean opens his verse with some breakneck flow, and switches back down to his regular relaxed style with ease without sacrificing his lyrical ability: another strong feature. Cole comes through on a particularly passionate angle, bringing some intensity to accompany great rhymes, and delivers a superb quotable to close the track out: ‘ironic you’ve been sleeping on the one that you’ve been dreaming ’bout‘. Another GOOD Friday that the hip-hop heads will really enjoy.
Kanye West-Looking For Trouble ft. J. Cole, Big Sean, CyHi Da Prynce and Pusha T
The ‘shuffle’ being the hectic week I’ve had.
After the jump, a couple of Kanye-related tracks, a Cam’ron tribute to a fallen soldier, Sway, Grafh and a posse cut which features 3 heavy hitting New York rappers.
Oh and a collaboration between Jadakiss and Uncle Murda. In retrospect a pretty New York influenced post here, but would you expect any less from me?
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R&B Fridays and GOOD Fridays: all good things that are meant to drop on Fridays never do.
This is one of the strongest tracks in the GOOD Friday series from a production standpoint, with a great beat that is unlike any production I’ve heard from Kanye to date. It’s got an simple, dark melody that you’d usually hear on a Crooked I or Royce Da 5’9″ track, accompanied by some rough, hard percussion that would satisfy any hip-hop head. I think CyHi’s verse is the winner here, coming through with a catch southern flow that’s laced with some great lines.
Kanye West-Take One For The Team ft. Keri Hilson, Pusha T and CyHi Da Prynce
CyHi has really been raising his profile this week! Here he hooks up with the esteemed A-Trak for some hip-hop with an electro twist. Quite an interesting one too, as it has a southern hip-hop sound (CyHi’s ATL roots coming through), and yet doesn’t sound half as bad as the usual fare from that side of hip-hop due to the electro influence. A bit like The Cool Kids, but less lyrical and more dancey.
One of those tracks that warrants a few listens, as your first listen will be a bit disorienting in so much as you won’t quite know if you like it or not. It definitely grows on you though, and I suspect this new ‘fusion’ of styles could end up becoming a bit of a big deal. Maybe not with this track as neither act is ‘pop’ enough, but I can see this being the next big mainstream sound. Record labels: I’ve just done your job better than you did. Again.
A-Trak-RayBan Vision ft. CyHi Da Prynce
Time to see what the hype is about. His rise to (relative) prominence has been fairly sharp, as he signed with Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint a short while back, got a big feature on one of Ye’s tracks and recently appeared in the BET cypher.
Like myself, I expect this will be your first taste of CyHi’s own material. There’s certainly some high expectations here, and I hope he can come through with some good music (no pun intended) to add to the tiny list of talented newcomers.
CyHi Da Prynce-Royal Flush
Let’s be honest, the cyphers are the only reason people watch/care about the BET Awards. I mean, does anyone really know who won what last year? Nope, but I bet you could list a few of the cypher rappers.
Great cypher line-ups this year, with the video for the G.O.O.D. Music cypher (Kanye, Common, Big Sean, Pusha T and CyHi Da Prynce) being up here. After the click, there are great cyphers involving Wiz Khalifa, Mickey Factz, Raekwon, Yelawolf, Royce Da 5’9″, Rev Run and family, Ice Cube and family and so on.
For me, the respective winners: Big Sean, Yelawolf, Mickey, Royce and Ice Cube. Honourable mentions to CyHi, Bones Brigante, Diamond and Diggy.
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Friday has come and gone, and that means one thing-new Kanye. A short snippet of a rough version of this track leaked many moons ago, and the final version is another great hip-hop effort from ‘Ye.
From the lineup, the most intriguing features by far are RZA and Cyhi: for those who don’t know, Cyhi the Prynce signed to GOOD around the same time as Pusha T, and this marks my first taste of his music. His verse is decent, if unspectacular, but you have to appreciate his range of flows. Best verse probably goes to Jay-Z, as he comes through with some memorable lines (including a great Dark Knight reference).
Kanye West-So Appalled ft. RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz and Cyhi the Prynce