CyHi the Prynce is (Finally) Focusing on CyHi the Prynce

Photo by Isaiah C. Harold. Used by permission.

Two delicate gold chains connected CyHi the Prynce’s bowtie to his pocket square, gleaming against his black suit. Fellow Atlanta rapper Pill followed him as he strolled inside, then stopped to scope out north Atlanta lounge Moderna — only to step back outside and do it two more times, before greeting a single person. Yesterday by 11 p.m., he was supposed to have wrapped a music video shoot and previewed his new mixtape Ivy League: Kick Back, out January 29. But by 11:15, he had only just arrived.

CyHi the Prynce has endured a few false starts: In 2009 he was one of six emcees in Atlanta rap group Hoodlum, who were signed to Jazze Pha’s Shonuff Records. After Hoodlum failed to take off, the Stone Mountain native released solo mixtapes that caught the attention of V-103’s Greg Street, then Def Jam vice president Bu Thiam, also Akon’s brother. A Def Jam deal led to a G.O.O.D. Music deal, then XXL Freshman status — but then, to the disappointment of his fans, just two verses in the final cut of G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer.

Dozens watched as CyHi the Prynce performed snippets of Kick Back — an intro, the title track, a new verse, a song called “Sexy.” They snapped photos with their phones as he rehashed what he’s already released: the music videos for “Far Removed” and The Sound of Music-referencing “Favorite Things,” plus a remix to “A Town” (featuring Travis Porter and 2 Chainz) that he dropped on January 19, in time for the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons.

Stream “A Town” below:

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