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Cyhi The Prynce’s “No Dope On Sunday’s” Album Review


Cyhi The Prynce finally delivered his long-awaited album today. Therefore, I dub November 17th “Stone Mountain Day.” Shouting out Redan Road, Brockett Road, Decatur and Allen Temple, Cyhi leads us into a metro-Atlanta trap story, an eerie and costly lifestyle.

“No Dope On Sundays” is a chapter, a sort of script, his passage or proposal for the last testament of the bible. He gives a blueprint for navigating through trivial Atlanta streets, experiencing a dark underground of the new Black Hollywood. While professing how he made it out, Cyhi drops advice for those with a similar lifestyle. Unlike most Cyhi mixtapes, this album carries over a ghostly vibe. It’s slower and creepy. A deep reflection of his life.

Cyhi begins with a personal story, brandishing a prayer titled “Amen,” a Stone Mountain account discussed with God, but also shared with us. With an evenly-smoothed Hip Hop record, a boom bap feel, he lays out his 12-discipled commandments before continuing with the album. We can tell immediately with this track that this is street gospel.

On “No Dope On Sundays,” Cyhi gifts his morals over an Isley Brothers sample, and although skewed, his morals function perfectly for his lifestyle. Heavy ass bass and sick punchlines, the beat switches midway and opens for a lyrical onslaught. Shouting out Decatur, Cyhi continues to put on for his environment. Adding the always eccentric Pusha T, his verse laces the song with details of devious schemes, gruesome actions and backstabbing. As the percussion vanishes, Pusha hands down a dope monologue in stream-of-consciousness fashion over a drum-free piano solo.

“Get Yo Money” carries over the boom bap structure, sampling Audio Two’s famous line “I get money” from “Top Billin’” and Method Man’s “Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all” from “C.R.E.A.M.” A homage to Hip Hop and lyrics; Cyhi always guarantees. And this track is something to nod your head to, sit back, smoke one and let the lyrics soak into your knowledge bank.

In late-June, Cyhi and ScHoolboy Q dropped the single “Movin’ Around,” a preview to the album. This track appeals to mainstream Hip Hop fans and still serves the underground.

On “Trick Me,” Cyhi recruits fellow Atlien and GOOD Music member 2 Chainz: a true Atlanta song. Probably one of the best songs on the album, both rappers present a flexed-up and braggadocious flow. Cyhi displays his cunningness alongside the most cunning of all in Tity Boi. Right at 3:00 mins, the beat breaks down and Cyhi grasps control, separating this conversation from the original song, and making it his again.

Furthermore, “Murda” (ft. Estelle) begins with a Candler Rd. backdrop; murder is the perfect topic. With the all-time Hip Hop necessity, the Damien Marley “Murda” sample leaves a base for Cyhi to return. This song is a warning, a type of “keep your eyes open” advice deal. Living around constant jeopardy and risks, life is always at stake. And Cyhi does some Cyhi shit: raps bar-for-bar.

Next up, “Don’t Know Why” is a soulful trap ballad along with the legendary Jagged Edge, a 90s and early 00s R&B group from Atlanta. Cyhi offers the downside of the trap life, lamenting about the uncared about deaths of young black males, while imagining how his own death could’ve transpired while still active in the streets.

“God Bless Your Heart,” a track he debuted right before a monster freestyle on Sway In The Morning, is a thankful song, a praise to a higher power, an appreciation for his position. While simultaneously “forgiving those that trespassed against him,” Cyhi includes his ex-girlfriend and confesses that he is the only culprit for all that has happened to him.

“I wrote everything in red ‘cause that’s what Jesus said.” – Cyhi The Prynce “God Bless Your Heart”

“Dat Side” (ft. Kanye West) dropped a few weeks ago and gave another radio-appealed theme. Kanye updates us on his latest trials and Cyhi shows us why he’s behind the scenes of GOOD Music’s boss.

In the normal Cyhi The Prynce fashion, “Looking For Love” comes out as a part of his ideals. We gotta expect at least one from Cyhi. But he’s been looking for love for a while. Back in 2010 on Royal Flush he told us that he “Can’t Find Love.” In 2012, he laments the single life on “Bachelor” on his mixtape Ivy League, and in 2014 he made an ode to his future queen on “Coretta” from his mixtape Black Histori Project. Obviously, this has become a staple in his content, as Cyhi continues to yearn for love and follows these morals in his life.

The first track that appeared from No Dope On Sundays, “Nu Afrika,” is a portrait of a utopic Africa with Obama as President, Akon as lead engineer, and rappers as major contributors to the infrastructure. Cyhi depicts a haven for African Americans, Pan Africans, and citizens of the African Diaspora from Brazil to Russia, Australia to Canada. He brags on an intellectual paradise and advanced society, conversing with multilingual women and imagining an already mineral-rich Africa. With its potential and the diaspora’s unity, Cyhi prophesizes a home for Africa’s lost tribes and Ernestine Johnson seals the gates with her poetry.

The song “Free” relinquishes a jazzy, negro spiritual. His influence over Kanye’s music is apparent in this track, and even more so on “80’s Baby” (ft. BJ the Chicago Kid). On it, one can hear something that would usually come from Kanye with Cyhi behind the notepad. He drops another lament about walking the line between sanity and suicide.

As soon as “Closer” comes on, we hear the infamous adlib “Cyhiii,” foreshadowing bars that would only come from (as Heather B would say) a “hyena.” Cyhi then reflects over his rap journey and the mistakes he made as a child. In short, he’s getting closer to God and the events of the past have shaped his conquest.

Lastly, it’s almost preposterous to have an album in 2017 without Travis Scott. On “I’m Fine,” Cyhi administers a celebration of his deeds, what he’s experienced and what he’s seen that has affected him to this point in life. He’s feeling better. Feeling good. Feeling great. He dreams of financially supporting his family and appreciating being satisfied with life, his status, career, and most importantly, this album. The song ends with a prayer, and from there, we know that he took us to church.

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