Atlanta’s very own Grammy-nominated rapper CyHi The Prynce, who was signed by Kanye West back in 2010, now has an early Christmas present for us.
The Stone Mountain native has released his debut album “No Dope on Sundays.”
CyHi sat down with me and tells me his project has a deep message for the youth and is meant to motivate his fans to not fall victim to peer pressure.
“A lot of times we don’t have that dialogue between one another, because we feel we have to live up to this certain kind of status or certain tough guy. A status where if we had communication in our neighborhoods, I think that would lower a lot of different crimes,” he explains.
The album features some of the industry’s most successful artists like Kanye West, 2 Chainz and Schoolboy Q.
11Alive’s Neima Abdulahi asked CyHi how he chose the album title. The Prynce says it came from the spiritual message woven into the tracks. He goes on to explain how growing up in a spiritual household kept him out of trouble. Now he wants to help others do the same.
CyHi says “No Dope On Sundays” represents his growth in the music industry over the last decade and how he lyrically stands out from other artists.
“I always made my name off being myself. So, I kind of wanted to stay myself. I never was that successful trying to be somebody else. I just never tried, he said.”
The album is now available online.
It ain’t hard to tell that Nasir Jones has transformed over the years. He came “straight out of the dungeons of rap” in ’94 to telling the critics he “will…not…lose” on Stillmatic. He went from taking shots at Jay-Z on the track “Ether” to squashing the beef and collaborating with him on his album “Untitled.” He went from only having a New York State Of Mind to wanting to open “every cell in Attica to send them to Africa.” Most importantly, he went from saying “Life’s A ****” to finally realizing that “Life Is Good.”
Nasty Nas has proven to be a timeless veteran with genius lyrics with socially conscious rhymes delivered with an old school battle-rap flow, laced with clever punchlines. Once he goes behind the mic, Young Esco doesn’t hold back. But here’s the thing. He already has the throne. That doesn’t mean artists like Jay-Z can’t have the throne either. I’m just saying there’s enough room in hip-hop for the G.O.A.T.S to all win and be celebrated.
The 16th anniversary of Stillmatic makes any hip-hop lover like myself realize that time moves fast. It also reminds me that Escobar doesn’t need to drop an album every year to prove anything. He has my respect and will forever.
Let’s face it. It was written that the self-professed God’s Son would be a street’s diciple for an unforgiving music genre, the same genre he pronounced dead back in 2006. But if he ruled the world, like he once said, it would come back to life. And his weapon of choice? Just one mic and lyrical artillery. His labors of love, from Illmatic (1994) to Life is Good (2012), will go down in history as some of the greatest albums produced by a hip-hop artist.