On Tuesday, CyHi The Prynce released his newest mixtape, Ivy League Club. “Slick” is the first single off the project that CyHi is pushing for a video treatment. With three mixtapes—Royal Flush, Royal Flush 2, Jack Of All Trades—establishing his underground audience, CyHi is also catching the mainstream with his fiery verses on other G.O.O.D. Music collaborations.
In this interview with Billboard, CyHi reveals the role he plays in G.O.O.D. Music and how he sometimes contributes to the bigger picture in the background. He also talks about his debut album, The Hardway Musical, and the amount of input Kanye has had on it.
On his 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."
On doing creative work behind-the-scenes:
"It's like if you're all in the room and the beat's playing, you're gonna bounce ideas. As the wise man, Kanye, always says, "You have an idea and I have an idea, we have two ideas. But if we keep our ideas to ourselves then we only have one. It's just sharing ideas. [From] fashion, music to relationships, you know what I mean? We indulge in all that, so it's cool."
On Kanye's input in his 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."