Writer note: It’s my opinion that, as a preface, you should listen to “Elephant in the Room.” A song voicing CyHi The Prynce’s frustrations as he waited for the ok from label boss Kanye West to release an album. The songis written as a diss, but CyHi notes it was for fun and he had West’s approval to release the track (though I feel there were some truths in it).
It’s no mystery that G.O.O.D. Music member CyHi The Prynce, born Cydel Young, has largely been kept out of the limelight, especially in regards to releasing an album. CyHi has released music in the form of mixtapes and singles, but hasn’t had the opportunity to create a body of work that hones his skill into a project that tells his story.
After spending some time writing, featuring and working on his craft, his time to release an album has come. CyHi’s new album, No Dope On Sundays, as NPR’s Rodney Carmichael writes, “brings Jesus to the trap and spits a testimony full of raw human contradiction.”
Each track on the album was strategically chosen and ordered to fall in line with the setting he wanted to place. Serving as the middle ground between holiness but having ties to the trap and streets that he was raised in be ever-present. Throughout the project you can hear scriptures and other secular verbiage at different points.
With singles “Nu Africa” and “Movin’ Around,” featuring ScHoolboy Q, CyHi has been working to make sure his first album was worth the wait. No Dope on Sundays combines what has made up his life – being in the church and being in the streets. His life in the church, he tells NPR, came by way of his parents wanting to keep him busy whereas his street life was a product of “toting pistols, smoking weed and selling dope.”
The narrative—album—begins with “Amen” serves as the setting for the album.
“I wanted to set the atmosphere for the album,” CyHi said. “I wanted to take you to the place where this album takes place. I wanted to take you to that environment and get you in that mood. I wanted it to be hard.”
The rest of the album molds itself around the opening track. From being kicked out of school and living on his own to seeing positives in the darkest days and celebrating successes, CyHi covers it all.
To tell his story, CyHi enlists help from Pusha T, ScHoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Jagged Edge, Kanye West, BJ The Chicago Kid, Travis Scott and others. Each with their own experiences and contributions to the album.
“I’m glad you gave me this s— with like no drums. I just wanted to, like, I was tryna make it as conversational as possible ’cause it’s just conversation.” – Pusha T on the song “No Dope On Sundays”
That right there can surmise what the album feels like. A conversation. CyHi speaks through his music and it’s up to the listener to interpret his message. Listen to the album and judge for yourself below.