...Better late than never. This the perfect phrase to describe this new Cyhi tape that released a few months ago. Im not going to lie I was afraid he was going to Jay Elect himself and promise a great tape or two and never pull through. I mean who wants to do that? No one I hope. I always felt Cyhi had great talent and for a long while I was unsure if GOOD music was best for him due to their consistent delay of his projects. When projects did release I personally felt it was poorly promoted and market why even bother releasing I'm the first place. As a former artist myself, nothing ticks you off more than when you know your talented and your situation isnt right or isn't properly distributed. But great things comes to those who wait... And no one waited longer than his day one fans. Cyhi made sure to bring his A1 raps to all the fans who waited years long to hear him ignite his new god flows. Speaking of god, this tape has a heavy chuth theme around it which outline his dedication to both religion and the streets. Cyhi walks us through his journey as he grows in each song not only lyrically but mentally as well. On "Amen" Chyhi raps:
From where the gangstas die young and the rats die faster So when my shooter spread, this Mac lives shatter
Ridin' 'round like, "Who gives a fuck if Black Lives Matter?"
Wash the blood off his hands then get baptized after
I'm the new testament, the last five chapters
And God said He would come back by rapture
The Lord even lets me lie by the pastures
So I never told the truth to the plain clothes
This a flashback of bullet holes in my Durango
Better have a raincoat if we ever see them bastards
Mix the pink sleeping pills with the powder in the sifter
Steppin' on the dope like an Alpha Phi Alpha
My bitch screamin' "Skee-wee", all about the cream and wheat
Tailor made nigga, everything ain't what it seem to be
Triple beam dreams, niggas Martin Luther King a key
Me and 'Ye feel like Jay and Memphis Bleek to meThe only difference is it cost a little more to speak to me
Around hereit cost 100 for a meet and greet
Varsity in two sports, my reputation preceded me
But the trunk Pac-10 so I never played collegiatelyBIG 12-gauge to WAC a nigga in the SEC And that's a second,my mind's a MAC-11
I might not hit nothing but y'all know that I was present
See me and a bear in the woods then help the bear thenHuh, my life is Leonardo inThe Revenant
Listenin' to lead playin', I ain't talkin' Zeppelin
Boston George before we got the blow, I'm out here Johnny Depp'n
The only thing that police gon' find on me is a weapon
Blessings, never believe in luck
Read the signs at the lake, it told you, "Don't feed the ducks"
So keep it up (huh) and you'll be back to sellin'cuties
In the hood you get shot or you go out like Fela Kuti
Amen - Cyhi The Prynce
This first verse has set the tone for the "No Dope On Sunday" album, which touches topics such as drug dealer rituals, Africa, Cyhi's upbringing between church and drugs, moving out after his parents house at the age of 16, his rap status and much more within these realms. After a few intense listens of this album I feel Cyhi wanted to vent a bit about being caught between drugs dealing and living a more "good guy" lifestyle. It is also important to note he is creating an awareness to demonstrate what it means to me a drug dealer not in a promotional way but he provides a layer of understanding to their decision making and back story we don't hear as often in music.
Cyhi also shows his creative prowess by crafting great songs like 80's Baby ft. BJ the Chicago Kid, where Cyhi writes from the perspective of a fetus growing in its mothers womb:
hey mom, this is your son buried off in your stomach I feel the effects of them drinks every time that you vomit
Smoking cigarettes, you said you would stop, you told me you promised
I heard you arguing with a man, I could tell he didn't want it
You don't know it kills me when you taking them pills
But see how it scars me and all the pain that I feel
I'm just here starving, you haven't gave me a meal
Ma, you think you ready to have this baby for real?" -Cyhi The Prynce excerpt from "80's Baby".
What I love most about this verse is it highlights so much in so little time such as alcohol abuse, drug abuse, neglect and broken families and he even ends the verse by questioning if his mother is ready for raising a child. His song crafting is better than I recall in previous years, his song writing is elaborate, complex in lyricism and not too oversimplified in category topics. He has made songs about drugs dealing but his approach is refreshing. This is album was dropped in a music drought and it couldn't have came at a better time. Songs like "Nu Africa" and "Closer" demonstrates what sets Cyhi apart from today's artist in regards to substance. With some pretty credible features such as Schoolboy Q, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Kanye West and Jagged Edge, Cyhi outshines everyone on his albums and rightfully so, when he has given Kanye some of his best bars over the past 10 years. CY-Hi it's your time so "Get Your Money " and "God Bless Your Heart" for rejuvenating that fucking dope.
CYHI the Prynce's first album: NO DOPE ON SUNDAY, repeatedly.
GOOD MUSIC IS BACK, Ya Bish.
Remy Ciello : @JuxtaposedJazz