G.O.O.D. Music/Konvict Muzik/CKP/Def Jam
Release Date: June 14th, 2011
CyHi The Prynce is a dope emcee out of Atlanta who has been on records with the likes of Jay-Z & Kanye West. If you have not heard of CyHi The Prynce before, I highly recommend that you do so when you a get the next chance and see what all the fuss is about. The Stone Mountain, Georgia native and recent G.O.O.D. Music signee recently released his second installment in the Royal Flush series entitled Royal Flush 2. Take a look at a passage written by The Prynce himself to sum up his project, Royal Flush 2:
In the early morning before the “Smoke Clears” it was “Cold As Ice” where I’m from. Young soldiers running around like they “Bullet Proof” acting as if they were in the middle of Great Britain and just found “1000 Pounds”. I didn’t want any trouble. I just wanted a “New Girl” to lay up with at the “End of the Night”. Hopefully I wake up on the “Right Side of the Bed” for church “Sunday Morning”. But I’m still thinking bout the “Dance” she was doing last night until they started “Fighting in the Club” cause some nigga got all “Emotional” bout some chick. But hey, you gotta party wit ya fam cause they’re who “Made Me Who I Am”. If I could “Take Ya Back” to the days when we played football at Memorial “Stadium”, when no one gave a “Whoop De Doo” bout what the future held…I know no one expected that the world would one day hear my “Beautiful Mind”.
-CyHi The Prynce
The making of Royal Flush 2:
Check out my review of CyHi Da Prynce’s Royal Flush 2 below. “Heeeeyyy!!!”
1. “Spadez Interlude”
The project opens up with an African, Tribal-like track describing what CyHi is and wants to be. (The movie from which it came slips my mind [The Lion King maybe?]). The interlude actually goes into a speech about a prince. The “Spadez Interlude” is actually is the first of 4 interludes on Royal Flush 2. If you’re familiar with the first installment of Royal Flush, then you are aware that CyHi has a clever concept where he breaks down his project in portions in respects to each suit in a deck of cards, each signifying a different vibe/subject matter. “Spadez” is for the streets, “Heartz” is for the ladies, “Diamondz” is for inspiring and jewel-dropping, and “Clubz” is self-explanatory.
2. “When The Smoke Clears” (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
The Prynce slick talks over a dope production that sounds like something ideal for Jeezy (circa TM 101 ) ; but don’t get me wrong, CyHi definitely holds his own on one of RF2′s best tracks. I was actually a little surprised to see that J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Corlione x Rook x Kenny Barto) made this track, as they tend to do more dramatic, somewhat cinematic music with live instrumentation or whatnot; I probably would’ve guessed Shawty Redd. At the end of the day, when it’s all said and done and “when the smoke clears”, CyHi The Prynce will be here and this is why. It is a must that DJ Dibiase, DJ Osh Kosh, DJ FU, DJ Genesis, all DJs spin this one in the clubs.
3. “Cold as Ice” (Produced by KB)
Over a production provided by K.B., which consists of organs, hard-hitting drums, and a Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” sample, The Prynce claims he is the same (cold as ice), and on the mic, he backs it up. CyHi initially spits with rapid fire, but switches his flow up a few times. Solid track.
4. “Bulletproof” featuring Yelawolf (Produced by J Rob)
On “Bulletproof”, CyHi teams with Yelawolf to speak on the superthugs who believe they are “bulletproof”. Yeller fits right in on this production provided by J Rob, who actually samples La Roux’s “Bulletproof”. The record is not necessarily dub-step, but it definitely has the influence and feel, which is definitely somewhat of an uncharted territory where I see rap transitioning to. Shoutout to Fki, Mickey Factz, & Heroes X Villains as some of the few already there. DJ Dibiase, DJ Osh Kosh, DJ FU, DJ Genesis, all DJs spin this in the clubs too.
5. “Thousand Poundz” featuring Pill & Pusha T (Produced by Paper Boy Fabe)
CyHi links with Pill (Ok Denn) & Pusha T (Eghck!) for arguably Royal Flush 2′s best track as they speak on what they have done and would do if they found a “Thousand Poundz”. Paper Boy Fabe provides a sultry background, which samples The Cardigans’ “Happy Meal 2″, for Prynce Cydel, P-I-Double L, & Push-A-Ton to discuss their experiences and hopes.
6. “Heartz Interlude”
An interlude leading into the “Heartz” segment of Royal Flush 2. Again, “Heartz” is the portion of the project dedicated to the ladies. Celine Dion’s – “My Heart Will Go On” from the film Titanic soundtracks this interlude.
7. “New Girl” featuring Trey Songz (Produced by Lil C)
On “New Girl”, CyHi explains that he is looking for just that. It could possibly be a country girl from Montgomery, a bad chick from D.C. or even a New York shorty. The Prynce describes favorable characteristics and situations over smooth production provided by Lil C. Also enlisting Trey Songz on the hook (Yuuup!), this could be potentially the record that would be the most successful as a single.
8. “End of the Night” (Produced by Shawty Redd)
CyHi illustrates what will occur at the “end of the night” with the new girl. This record is a martini-sipping record to get your 2-step on. Not my favorite record on the project, but a decent record nevertheless. But if the ladies like it, then hey…
9. “Right Side of the Bed” (Produced by Soundtrakk)
Soundtrakk (see Lupe’s “Kick, Push”) provides the perfect beat for CyHi to describe the morning after the end of last night with the new girl. The dreamy beat allows The Prynce to paint a portrait for listeners to envision. A very dope record to say the least.
10. “Sunday Morning” (Produced by Beatfanatik)
This is one of the more light-hearted, comical records of the RF2. “Sunday Morning” speaks upon the lack of difficulty involved in sealing the deal with that new girl. CyHi, who can sing by the way, amusingly, yet cleverly, sings “your girl is easy like a Sunday morning” over a track provided by Beatfanatik, who samples The Commodores’ “Sunday Morning”.
11. “Clubz Interlude”
An interlude leading into the “Clubz” segment of Royal Flush 2, which uses “The King’s Motorcade” from the film Coming To America. This portion needs no further explanation.
12. “Dance” (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
A slow jam discussing “Dance” in different contexts; shoe model dancing, taking a female to the dance, and, of course, dancing in the club. It’s a decent record. I could hear Twista on this one.
13. “Fightin in the Club” (Produced by Big FRUIT)
This is definitely a record that needs to be heard by those who disturb the peace by fighting in the club (pun intended). CyHi makes his point over a debonair production courtesy of Big FRUIT. Simply put, it’s too many h–s in the club to be fighting!
14. “Emotional” featuring Tity Boi (Produced by DJ Spinz)
CyHi & 2 Chainz pick up where they left from “Stand Still” from Tity Boy’s project Codeine Cowboy to now for “Emotional”. This is an ode to the green, emotional haters out there, and if you are offended by this track, shame on you. 2 Chainz states that “he and CyHi are the New Atlanta” and I have no bones about it. This record sort of reminds me of Big Sean’s “Meant to Be”. “Emotional” is a very good record.
15. “Made Me Who I Am” (Produced by CKP)
On one of the shorter records of RF2, CKP provide a superb backdrop for CyHi to speak upon the experiences that made him everything who is today. Not sure if this fits in the “Clubz mold” of RF2; however, this is a dope record regardless.
16. “Diamondz Interlude”
This interlude borrows Salif Keita’s “Tomorrow”, better known from the film Ali, to usher in the “Diamondz” part of Royal Flush 2. “Diamondz” is the inspirational, jewel-dropping portion of RF2.
17. “Take You Back” (Produced by S1)
CyHi reminisces on his life and takes listeners back with him as he shares various experiences that have occurred in his life, which “made him who he is”.
18. “Whoopty Doo” featuring Big Sean (Produced by No I.D. & Kanye West)
CyHi & G.O.O.D. Music label mate Big Sean (Boi!) team up on this record to discuss the things that don’t really matter when it gets real. The always deadly combination of No I.D. & Kanye West provides a suave jazz backdrop reminiscent of something from The Cosby Show or Hey Arnold. If I’m not mistaken, I believe CyHi actually wrote this record on the day his sister passed. Big Sean’s feature was pretty dope too because his substance level is rarely dabbled in. I could hear Big KRIT on this joint; would’ve been dope to have him on here too. Soild song.
19. “Beautiful Mind” (Produced by Aktual)
CyHi explaining the beauty in what he does as a direct result of him possessing a “Beautiful Mind”.
20. “Stadium” featuring. B.O.B. (Produced by Mel & Mus)
Royal Flush 2′s last track is a dope one. The track, provided by Mel & Mus, switches up from the track’s initial ballad-like intro to a hard hitting head nodder where CyHi & B.O.B. proceed talk their ish. The chorus is beautiful, although I am not sure who’s singing it. A nice way to close out the project.
CyHi The Prynce is definitely a talented artist. His witty wordplay makes listeners hang onto each word, wondering what he says next. Many times, he says lines that require a thought and multiple listens. I might be going out on a limb by saying this, but I think CyHi The Prynce could very well be the most complete hip-hop artist ‘Ye on the G.O.O.D. Music roster. If you don’t necessarily agree, I am positive you can see why he signed him.
I have said this before and will say it again, mixtapes are new the albums; they’re damn near the same. Hell, a lot of these mixtapes are better the albums. Overall, Royal Flush 2 is very well put together. I enjoy how he breaks down the project into the suits of a card deck (heartz, diamondz, clubz & spadez). The interludes used to usher in each suit/portion is a nice effect. I also like how he “soundtracked” them. Royal Flush 2 flows along to tell a story, as the tracks seem as if they’re placed to tell a narrative. The best portion of Royal Flush 2, and probably the best “look” for CyHi overall, is the “Spadez” portion.
Song wise, I actually liked the first Royal Flush over this one; however, I still think is a better project overall. I give this mixtape an 8.1 out of 10. I’m not too sure about the king, but Atlanta has its Prynce (again, pun ntended).
Standout tracks: “When The Smoke Clears”, “Thousand Poundz”, “Right Side of the Bed”, “Stadium”
Download Royal Flush 2 HERE
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