Atlanta rapper, Cyhi the Prynce, released his long-awaited debut album today titled No Dope on Sundays.
Most hip-hop heads are familiar with the G.O.O.D. Music artist but until now, his biggest claim to fame’s been his breakout verse on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Cyhi the Prynce receiving co-signs from both Beyoncé and Kanye generated a lot of buzz around his name. However, due to label issues and family matters, Cyhi’s debut album was postponed far too long. After switching from Def Jam to Sony, he finally got his project green lit. Fans’ expectations for NDOS (No Dope on Sundays) were very high after waiting 7 years.
No Dope on Sundays was a very solid and well-done project. The majority of the tracks were just what I was hoping for as a fan of Cyhi’s work.
While NDOS was a fantastic project, it played more like a sophomore album than a debut. The subject matter (crime, drugs, violence, religion) isn’t a particularly great way to introduce yourself to mainstream media. Debut albums should be more relatable and paint a picture of the artist as a whole. Cyhi only really focused on where he came from.
Take Kendrick Lamar for example. Good Kid M.A.A.D City was an incredible entrance to mainstream. It covered a variety of topics and appealed to a much wider audience. Then, once he was famous enough, Kendrick was able to successfully make an album like To Pimp a Butterfly, which featured deeper subject matter and more experimental sounds.
I think No Dope on Sundays would’ve served as a fantastic second project for Cyhi.
My concern is that very few of the songs on NDOS are radio friendly and the songs that were intended to be (“Movin’ Around”, “Dat Side”, “Looking for Love”, and “I’m Fine.”) aren’t particularly awesome tracks.
No Dope on Sundays was a great album for true hip-hop fans but I’m interested to see if it catches the attention of the general public. Maybe I’m being too critical of the project… Hopefully, NDOS launches Cyhi into stardom but only time will tell.
Listen to the album below and tell me what you think:
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