By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Jayson Rodriguez
As the sole Georgia native in Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music crew, CyHi The Prynce has a lot to live up to. Recently, the Southern spitter said that he draws inspiration from Outkast, but wasn’t allowed to listen to them as a kid.
“Coming up from that area, my sister used to love ‘em but I couldn’t listen to them a lot because mom dukes wasn’t playing that,” remembered CyHi. “I don’t know why, but now she’s like ’OK I’ll let you rap’ ’cause she hear my music, like ’OK, you saying something, so, I’ll let you slide.’ I love Outkast, they’re pioneers and I always respect ‘em.”
RapFix caught up with the Decatur MC, during his Mixtape Daily interview in Brooklyn for RapFix Influentials, a series where MCs reflect on hip-hop’s best and brightest, and describe how rap’s history has affected their lives. As for CyHi, the lyricist says that Big Boi himself is now a supporter of Kanye’s protégé.
“I use a few Andre references on my new mixtape Royal Flush and Big Boi told me he’s a fan of mine too,” said CyHi with pride. “A lot of people compare me to OutKast, and I like OutKast because OutKast was rapping with the best of ‘em.”
The Decatur, Georgia native went on to say that the dynamic duo were ahead of their time.
“In Atlanta we’re looked [at as] slow, we might not be looked at as slow now because it’s more of a melting pot, [but] those dudes are pioneers and just paved the way for guys like us, just the lyricism,” said CyHi.
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