Almost two years ago, Atlanta native CyHi The Prynce signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music. He appeared on Kanye’s “So Appalled” and released his first mixtape as a G.O.O.D. Music artist, Royal Flush in 2010, followed by Royal Flush 2 and Jack Of All Trades in 2011. CyHi recently dropped his latest mixtape Ivy League Club and he had a mixtape listening party in Atlanta this past Tuesday (July17) to support the disc. After the party, CyHi chatted with Billboard about the disc, G.O.O.D. Music, his debut album and more. Below are some excerpts:
Why name your latest “Ivy League Club”?
It’s really an extension from my younger days. [Ivy League Club] was my code for the marijuana trade. I was looked at as the weed man earlier in my teens. It was a clever way of me saying that without saying that. I feel like I grew up around a lot of intelligent young men and I thought me and my friends were pretty intelligent to be from where we’re from. Some of us got caught up but a lot of us didn’t. We’re blessed. I feel like that was the most resemblance of myself and my upbringing.
In a month, you’ll have been with G.O.O.D Music for two years. What are your thoughts on your own position within the label?
A lot of people don’t know my role. A lot of people don’t know that Big Sean was signed five years before he actually broke. But what we do is build on foundation organically because it doesn’t matter if [Kanye] is on our song or not, we can still promote our music. I can still put out a mixtape and everybody receives it. That’s the foundation I built so… And at the same time I do a lot of creative work that people don’t see. I play my position, then when it’s time for me to do what I do, then I do.
So you’re getting work in, in between the mixtapes…
Yeah, absolutely. I’ve been working on the G.O.O.D. Music album. We’re working on ‘Ye’s new album. Working on mine, “The Hardway Musical,” for the first quarter.
How much input would you say Kanye has had on your debut album, “The Hardway Musical”?
Kanye has a very intricate part of it. Yes. To observe him is to learn. You can kind of see how he does it and you’d better be taking notes. I gathered a lot of different ideas, different things, and different methods from him to incorporate in my project.
Read the interview in its entirety over at Billboard.
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