In typical AMA fashion, most of the questions CyHi fielded were straight out of left field—Who is your favorite anime character? ("What's anime?") Who makes the best sub sandwiches? ("Jimmy Johns")—but the G.O.O.D. Music signee did receive a few noteworthy inquiries.
Below are five things that caught our attention...
1. Cruel Winter is coming.
According to the ATL native, the long-rumored follow-up to 2012's Cruel Summer is definitely on its way. This confirmation—if you want to call it that—jives with comments made by Travis Scott late last year, which suggested the project would be released at the beginning of 2017. While we wait for Def Jam and G.O.O.D. Music to provide an official update on the status and release date of the compilation album, Ye would likely recommend running back the project's first single, "Champions."
2. Kanye "used his mind more" on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy than he did on Yeezus.
Having worked with Kanye on both albums, CyHi is in a unique position to accurately assess the difference in his mindstate during the making of each. "MBDTF was more tedious. He was using his mind more, very [sic] Yeezus was more heart and courage," wrote CyHi. Well, that certainly helps to explain why MBDTF is the best album in Kanye's discography, while Yeezus is... not.
3. Kendrick Lamar is the one rapper, dead or alive, who CyHi would like to work with the most.
Sure, Jay Z (who he worked with on "So Appalled") and Eminem are still alive, and Rakim will forever be the God MC—no matter what Kanye says—but when it comes to living greatness, Kendrick has shimmied his way up the hip-hop hierarchy over the past half decade. Forget about the fact the Reddit user included "dead or alive" in his question—meaning CyHi could choose from Tupac, Biggie, Big Pun or Big L—and that CyHi and Kendrick have actually worked together on a record—Terrace Martin's 2011 cut "Thirsty"—when it comes to working with the best, it doesn't get much better than K. Dot.
4. Kodak Black is CyHi's favorite new artist.
Kodak Black roared onto the scene in 2016 thanks to his acclaimed mixtape Lil B.I.G. Pac, but the past six months have found the Florida rapper making headlines for non-music related matters. Given that CyHi's skillset, sonic template and approach to making music don't align at all with Kodak's, his pick might surprise some, but it's important to remember that artists are fans too. Just because CyHi doesn't make the same kind of music as Kodak doesn't mean he cannot appreciate it as a listener. Remember, Nas is a huge Future fan.
5. CyHi's mission, beyond music, is to bring peace to the inner cities.
Despite releasing seven mixtapes over the past seven years, CyHi still doesn't have a debut album to his name. That will all change later this year, but it's incredible and commendable that an artist who has seen most of his success behind the scenes as a songwriter, not in the spotlight as a hitmaking emcee, would list bringing peace to inner cities as the career achievement he looks forward to completing the most. Kanye has taught CyHi about much more than just music.
By Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.
Photo Credit: YouTube