During a new interview with DJ Vlad, however, the ATL native told a new tale, which details how he found out about his verse on "So Appalled"—recorded during a two-week stint in Hawaii—making the final version of Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
"I ended up flying home because I had a death in the family, and two days later after I get home, [Kanye] calls me," Cyhi said. "My girl is about to get an abortion and my sister passed the same week. So I had to go home. I'm in the middle of praying with my girl because she has a big career and she doesn't want to lose the opportunity by having a baby. I'm praying with her and praying with her and, when I'm on my way out the door, Kanye calls me. I'm like, 'Who is this?' He's like, 'Yo, this Ye.' I'm like, 'Stop playing, man.' So I hang up the phone. He calls me back. I didn't know he had my number or nothing. He's like, 'Yo, this Ye!' I'm like, 'Ahhhh, whats good? I didn't know you had my number, what's good? You were calling from an 808 number, I didn't know it was you.' He's like, 'Congratulations, you made the album. This verse was crazy!'"
Imagine receiving the biggest look of your professional career up until that point, the same week you lay a sibling to rest and make the difficult decision to abort a pregnancy. Life is both amazing and cruel and, for CyHi, no one week encapsulates both of those feelings more dynamically.
The following week, Kanye flew CyHi to New York for the "Power" video shoot and, as they say, the rest is history hystori. Earlier this year, CyHi completed work on his long-awaited full-length debut, No Dope On Sundays, which he's gearing up to release before the end of the year.