Happy Birthday, CyHi the Prynce
Although there's really about four G.O.O.D. Music artists relevant in the mainstream (Big Sean, Pusha T, John Legend and Kanye West himself), the label's list of current and former artists runs deep. CyHi the Prince is one of the rappers who once proudly worked under the label's banner. Born Cydel Young, CyHi turns 31 years old (Sept. 15).
Representing Georgia, CyHi the Prynce blew up in 2010, thanks to a co-sign from Mr. West. It was the perfect year to get that co-sign, too; Yeezy was making his comeback after his post-VMAs exile and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was on the way. The mainstream listens got a whiff of CyHi's talent thanks to his BET Hip-Hop Awards freestyle and his wordplay on "So Appalled" ("Tiger Woods, don't make me grab iron;" "She found out about April, so she chose to march"). Hip-hop addicts got some satisfaction from his Royal Flush mixtape series.
The unfortunate thing is that CyHi's relevance peaked that year. His mixtapes were consistent, but his relationship with West became like two distant third cousins -- their G.O.O.D. Music connection didn't seem to mean much. CyHi the Prynce never released an album for the label and arguably decreased his chances of doing so by dissing West on record. "While you're in your little Lambo on Sunset, I'm riding with a gun next to me and it sounds like a little boy playing with a drum set / And, it holds a hundred rounds 'cause when you come around, n----s quick to gun you down," he raps on "Elephant in the Room."
Despite basically threatening to shoot West, CyHi the Prynce would later play off that line as a minor jab. Meanwhile, the fate of his debut album still has a question mark over it.
Listen to CyHi the Prynce's "Elephant in the Room"
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