Cyhi The Prynce – Ivy League Club

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Cyhi The Prynce may have just taken the hip-hop crown as the king of word play on his most recent mixtape Ivy League Club. He absolutely abuses tracks with interminable references that pile one behind the other.  This G.O.O.D Music member lives up to the name of his clique, and considering rap bars, he makes good music.

On “Food Savers & Scissors,” easily one of the most thorough topical tracks on this tape, Cyhi proceeds to deliver a set of instructions for trappers in the dope game. He makes it clear that by using food savers and scissors an individual can conceal the smell of drugs and transport them to desired destinations.  This track works well with the theme of the Ivy League Club because Cyhi assumes roles as rapper and professor while simultaneously delivering a message/lesson and bragging about his success moving weight.

“Im the man with them O-Z’s my plug call me wizard. Shawty I got some purp, and I got some killer. To you it smell like gas, but to me it smell like vanilla. And all my bud light cuz I don’t f**k with Miller. Not liquor… Reggie, I keep a bag of them veggies”

That’s a reference any smoker will instantly understand. Cyhi saturates his mixtape with exceptionally metaphorical smoking references using any vernacular commonly associated with marijuana.

Anytime you hear Cyhi say “like _________” whatever simile fills the blank as a punch line is a direct hit. Not only are his hooks catchy, but he literally beats the track up with punch lines. Hooks, jabs and uppercuts all connect as he bobs and weaves on the beat.

Yet, his composition is more than a punch line rapper. Songs like “Ivy League” and “Real Talk” exhibit how Cyhi elaborately paints pictures by allowing his references to link two unrelated topics into one cohesive idea.

Songs like “Tomorrow” and “Lives” exhibit charisma illustrating how Cyhi can curb the street edge and cater his flow to charm women.

Although Ivy League Club shines in lyrics and many other facets, there are some drawbacks.

Cyhi quickly tacks on lots of samples. “Lives,” which samples instrumentation from “Summer Madness” by Kool & the Gang, and “Entourage,” which samples “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” made famous by Marvin Gaye, are two examples of sampled beats. Illusive Orchestra, producer of the two beats, masterfully composed the instrumentations, but the industry wants new material, and that’s more Cyhi’s fault than the producer, especially given that the songs “Tool” and “Feet Up” sample the pattern of two other well-known songs.

“100 Bottles,” the only song that shows need for improvement, features Chris Brown and fellow label mate Big Sean. The hook’s redundancy lacks cohesion and is slightly annoying. Furthermore Cyhi’s flow didn’t uphold the standards asserted on the 16 previous tracks.

Apart from those few bobbles, the rest of Ivy League Club is masterful. Cyhi presents fans and haters with the dilemma of deciding whether he is a rapper or lyricist. His clever wordplay is just short of genius and possesses very distinctive qualities. There isn’t another rapper that has the ability to lace bars the way Cyhi does. His unpredictable combination of punch lines, similes, internal rhyme, irony, and relentless references makes him a truly unique artist.

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Robert Griffin III and Redskins agree on deal

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III (RG3) signed a four-year deal, with a fifth year organization option, worth $21,119,098 early Wednesday morning with the Washington Redskins, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

Shortly after signing his deal Griffin made the announcement by tweeting: “Well people….It’s Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!”

HTTR abbreviates “Hail to the Redskins,” a key phrase from the team’s fight song.

For the first time in NFL History, especially for a rookie, 100% of the contract is guaranteed. Yes, 100% percent of the promised salary is guaranteed, which could possibly make RG3 a pioneer for the structure of upcoming rookie contracts.

Griffin’s potential is largely responsible for that guarantee.  After all, the Redskins traded their next three upcoming first round picks and a second round pick to the St. Louis Rams in order to move up and obtain Griffin’s Draft rights as the second overall pick.

While in college at Baylor University RG3 obliterated many school records before declaring for the draft as a redshirt junior.

“Griffin, one of the most accomplished dual-threat quarterbacks in NCAA history, set or tied 54 school records in just 41 games at Baylor before declaring for the draft,” according to ESPN and Associated Press sources. “Griffin was Baylor’s career passing leader, completing 800 of 1,192 passes (67 percent) for 10,366 yards, with 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. His 2,254 yards and 33 TDs rushing are records for a (Baylor) Bears quarterback.”

Coach Mike Shanahan has clearly stated that RG3 will be starting for the Redskins this season, although he has missed the first two days of rookie training camp. As for his draft counterpart, Andrew Luck remains unsigned with the Indianapolis Colts.