We’re siding with GOOD Music for CyHi The Prynce’s new Kanye West-assisted single ‘Dat Side’. Off CyHi’s forthcoming and highly anticipated debut album, No Dope On Sundays, the new track also marks the first new music from Kanye West in months, only increasing fans’ anticipation for his full return.
The track also has fans chirping whether or not the track is at all aimed at Taylor Swift, who recently referenced Kanye in her new album’s first single, ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. In ‘Dat Side’, which features cover art very similar to Swift’s upcoming LP, Kanye raps:
“People claim they praying for you, really they be preying on you,
all this shit is weighing on you, don’t look back they gaining on you,
Ye look down they aiming for you, all this shit is draining on you,
and them people claim to know you, put em on get famous on you,
then they go and blame it on you, you this good they can’t ignore you,
they don’t respect who came before em and made they lane,
so I pull the lambo out, and went and got it baptized”
Shots at Swift or not, ‘Dat Side’ is definitely a hot track and a must listen.
Last night Lil Wayne brought his Kloser 2 U Tour with GOOD Music’s Cyhi The Prynce to a packed house at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. While the night had its highs and lows, the night certainly got off to an amazing start with Cyhi’s supporting performance, but Lil Wayne’s shortened set (although great while it lasted) left his college fans wanting more.
Up first for the night was Kanye West’s GOOD Music artist and writer, the Grammy-nominated Cyhi The Prynce. The Stone Mountain native instantly got the crowd energized, showcasing his untouchable lyrics and amazing wordplay. Cyhi opened his set with some of his tracks like ‘No Dope’ and ‘Legend’, but it was his melody of GOOD Music features (mostly from the label’s Cruel Summer LP) that got the night started on a high note.
Fans rapped along as Cyhi spit his memorable verses from ‘So Appalled’ and ‘Sin City’, before Cyhi closed his set with 2017 single, ‘Nu Africa’. While Cyhi The Prynce came into the scene with his show-stealing guest verses, it’s his new solo records that will help him rise in the ranks of rap. Cyhi The Prynce definitely picked up some new fans in Madison tonight.
After a brief intermission, as crew set up for the night’s headlining performance, it was time for Lil Wayne to hit the stage. As Weezy emerged in his custom Brett Favre jersey, the Young Money MC could have started his set off in a better way. The Packer fans throughout the crowd screamed, as Wayne performed hit track after hit track.
Lil Wayne’s performance began to lose momentum though as he brought a number of guest performers onto the stage. While many of Wayne’s Young Money rappers were pleasant surprises, fans would soon learn that these emerging artists were taking time from Wayne’s set. After Lil Wayne dedicated about 15 minutes of his performance to guest performers, the rap legend only performed a few more songs before saying his goodbyes. Wayne’s performance was memorable and energetic while it lasted; however it only lasted for about 40 minutes. When it was clear that Wayne would not return for an encore, some (of the more drunk) fans began to throw their drinks at the falling curtain.
Twice during his performance Lil Wayne detailed three things to the crowd. 1. We all are nothing without the man upstairs. 2. Wayne is nothing without his fans. And 3. (again) he is nothing without his fans. However many of his fans last night were left scratching their heads, wondering if number 2 and 3 are nothing more than lip service after the short headlining performance.
Check out our photos of Cyhi The Prynce’s performance below, and be sure to get your tickets to one of the remaining dates of the Kloser 2 U Tourhere.
Yearly, hip-hop magazine XXL does a freshman cover, showcasing nearly a dozen rising stars. Sometimes, these lists are underwhelming, leaving obvious choices out (Drake, Young Thug, Tyler, the Creator, A$AP Rocky, etc) but sometimes they can also be packed with to-be stars.
Now that a couple years have passed, it would definitely be interesting to observe how well some of 2011’s freshman have fared, because frankly, the gap between superstars and unknowns is huge.
At the time of the 2011 XXL Freshman cover, Meek Mill was just a young guy entering a game with a fierce voice, a record deal from Rick Ross and an allegiance with the promising producer Jahlil Beats. Mind you, the 2011 XXL Freshman cover was published before the release of Meek’s first singles through MMG (“Tupac Back”, “Ima Boss” respectively) so looking back now, you can see the hunger and charisma in the young MC. Since the cover, Meek has been one of the leaders of street music and while his authenticity has helped him, it has also harmed him- he’s currently in jail.
The mysterious, illusive and always positive figure known as Lil B (or the BasedGod) has survived what many expcected to be a short career. He still releases music regularly to entertain and inspire his fans, as well as becoming an omniscient figure to pop culture, even getting co-signs from Katy Perry, Wiz Khalifa and others.
Since 2011, Kendrick Lamar has definitely turned heads and leaped past his peers and competitors. In early 2011, Kendrick wasn’t really known to a large audience, besides a co-sign from Dr. Dre and a few features. The cover was issued before his independent album Section.80 was even released, but since then, K. Dot has built his fan base across the world, as well as dropping a phenomenal Interscope debut, earning 7 Grammy nominations and going Platinum in the U.S.
West coast MC YG has had his fair share of ups and downs, going from hit singles to jail time. While it seemed like he would forever just be looked at as a regional artist, YG, Rich Homie Quan and Jeezy challenged that notion with a worldwide hit- “My Nigga”. Soon enough, YG had another hit, with the help of superstar Drake-“Who Do You Love”. After doing well with both singles, the time seemed just right to execute his plan and drop his debut album My Krazy Life. With fellow Pusha Ink collaborators DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla $ign flourishing and his album recieving some of the best reviews for a rap album this year, YG is finally on top.
Mac Miller went through a real transformation since his appearance on the 2011 XXL Freshman cover. He sold 145,000 copies of his debut album Blue Slide Park in one week, making history-but that wasn’t enough for him. Mac went back to the drawing boards, moving to California, learning how to produce and linking up with LA based labels TDE and Odd Future, to find his sound and make the best music possible. Since then, we’ve got Macadelic, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Faces and countless EPs, beat tapes and one-off projects.