(AllHipHop Features) In the second part of my discussion with Cyhi The Prynce, the recording artist continues to talk about his upcoming debut studio album No Dope On Sundays. The Atlanta-bred emcee also explains his role in connecting fellow ATL spitter 2 Chainz with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label.
In addition, Cyhi discusses the immense influence of his hometown's Hip Hop scene and specifically his Zone 6 side of the city. The "Legend" rapper also spells out why he is a steadfast supporter of LaVar Ball, the Big Baller Brand, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
AllHipHop: I saw you tweeted a teaser video of a track you have with 2 Chainz. Can you give us any more information about that record?
Cyhi: That’s my guy. I want to save some of my stories, but I’m the one who told Ye about 2 Chainz and to sign him. I’m the one who hooked it up. I called 2 Chainz and told him, “My boy wanna holla at you. Can I give him your number?” He said, “For sure, n-gga.” Then I exchanged their numbers and their emails. And now he’s G.O.O.D. Music.
So for him to be on my album… that’s why I wanted my first album to kind of go back. This album is not about who I am now. This album is about when I was 19, 20, 21. I can’t start my story right now because this is almost toward the end of my story. So I have to go all the way back.
2 Chainz is one of the first artists I worked with in Atlanta. We’re both Virgos. Even Ludacris tried to sign me one time. It was just that familiarity in the city. So I wanted to bring that collaboration back for fans that’s been there since day one. Me and 2 Chainz always did dope records together.
AllHipHop: Whenever I think about 2 Chainz, it makes me think about how this guy is a veteran in the game now. That makes me think about how long Atlanta has been running the Hip Hop scene. In your opinion, what do you think it is about the city that keeps generating these stars year-after-year?
Cyhi: Atlanta - back in the late 70s and early 80s - was a place where blacks could move to have a better living. There were a lot of real estate and a lot of jobs, but it wasn’t so “city.” I feel like that was a melting pot of all the best black families from the 70s and 80s moving to Atlanta. We were all just collabing and growing up together. That’s where the sauce comes from.
When I was growing up, we were first generation natives. We were like the first kids from our families born in Atlanta. As we started communicating with each other, dancing, partying and writing raps, we just ended up having the sauce. Black culture, if you give us pig intestines, we give you chitlins.
AllHipHop: Outside of the Migos coming from the Northside, it seems like East Atlanta is really on right now. You got Gambino, Gucci, you’re from Stone Mountain...
AllHipHop: Yeah, Future and 21 Savage.
Cyhi: That’s what I mean. You gotta think about it. East Atlanta, we were the richest black community for like 15 years strong. From like 1992 to 2005, we were the richest black community in America. So DeKalb County was always that melting pot for flavor.
My parents are from Albany, New York. You got people moving from all different places and coming to this one spot in these school systems. All the swag, the way we dress, and everything... we were coming up figuring out how to sauce it. And we make a lot of money because we don’t do a lot of beefing.
So most street artists from Atlanta got a lot more money than a New York, L.A., or Chicago street artist because they can’t really get no money outside their block. It’s all about what borough you’re from, what street, what gang. In Atlanta, it’s just hospitality. As long as you don’t step on nobody’s toes, we won’t step on yours. We're gonna get this money and we’re gonna flourish.
AllHipHop: We’ve been talking about Atlanta for the last few minutes, but I know you’re a [Los Angeles] Lakers fan.
Cyhi: That’s what we need to talk about. [laughs]
AllHipHop: I saw you posted on Twitter that you wanted to be an endorser for LaVar Ball’s Triple B’s brand.
Cyhi: Yes! You goddamn right I have! I love it man! A lot of people don’t know but that’s what a father looks like. “Yeah, my son can beat [Michael] Jordan.” I want my son to shoot for the moon. You can be “Joe Blow” on the bench for the Lakers, then all you’re gonna shoot to be is to be on the bench for the Lakers.
That’s why I love [LaVar Ball]. He don’t let nobody deter his thought process by their opinions.That’s what I like about him. He’s a black man that raised three great boys. Plus, [Lonzo Ball] plays for my favorite team - The Lakers. I was named after a Laker, so I’ve been a Laker since I was born.
Cyhi The Prynce’s No Dope On Sundays is scheduled to be released this fall.