[VIDEO] Atlanta hip-hop artist CyHi The Prynce releases debut album

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.

@BigSean: ‘Finally Famous’ Album Review

With his catch phrase “I Do It”, Detroit emcee Big Sean can now sit back and say it in past tense. His debut album Finally Famous, which released on June 28,  received raving reviews and positive feedback from the hip-hop community.

After the first day of being released, the album was projected to sell close to 100,000. After the first week, the album sold 84,566 copies. This is a huge accomplishment for two reasons. First, the album leaked two weeks before it even dropped. Second, even when it dropped, the Internet makes it easy to illegally download almost anything. For Big Sean to sell those many records is a testament of his fans’ loyalty.

Finally Famous is a representation of Big Sean’s progress as an artist. Back in 2007, the Detroit emcee dropped his first mixtape titled Finally Famous: The Mixtape. He would follow that mixtape with Finally Famous: Vol. 2 and Finally Famous: Vol. 3. As he continued to build up his credibility and artistic vision, Big Sean planned to execute the content for his album.

The first single “My Last” featuring Chris Brown has remained a fan favorite on music countdowns and the airwaves. Besides Chris Brown, the album has features from industry heavyweights like his mentor Kanye West, Roscoe Dash, Lupe Fiaco, Wiz Khalifa, Chiddy Bang and The Dream.

The intended second single off the album “I Do It” is starting to bow down to the contagious third single “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” track, with Kanye West blessing a few verses and Atlanta’s own Roscoe Dash gracing the catchy and melodic hook.

Big Sean has not failed in masterminding a classic album. The young 23 year old Detroit native, proving to be a workaholic,  plans on dropping a new mixtape in a few weeks. Now that’s a constant flow of G.O.O.D Music. Go listen to Big Sean’s labor of love and buy the album Finally Famous.