Entering the iconic New York venue, SOBs, YC The cynic’s smile lightened the darkly lit room. The MC welcomed everyone coming through the main door with an honest modesty. The young rapper goofed around with friends dancing to the music that was playing in the background varying from Kanye to Drake‘s “Started From The Bottom” replicating Drizzy’s signature walking/dance move.
The show began around 9 PM. Rebel Diaz got on the stage hyping up the crowd. They introduce the first MC who would perform tonight: Dao Jones. Jones is an up and coming MC from Saratoga. Her performed with his DJ and live drums which brought something groovy to his set.
Scienze was up next. His set started off with The Elevators singing a melody repetedly, which served as the beat for the start Scienze’s songs.
The combination was original and impressive to watch live. It was a perfect introduction to Scienze’s body of work.
A dramatically different MC came on stage next, Otis Clapp . Sporting a sports jersey he appeared to have a number of fans in the crowd. He got everyone chanting “ATB! ATB! ATB!,” including the ladies. What’s surprising about women screaming along? “ATB” stands for “All The Bitches.” Which will be the title of the MC’s next project.
Final Outlaw was a captivating set to watch. With his passionate, raspy voice, Final Outlaw rapped about the struggles from the streets. Telling the crowd that even if he’s performing in this venue tonight, his family is still living under the poverty line.
Soul Khan was the last set before YC jumped on stage. Khan took the stage with his natural nonchalance. Bottle of water in hand the MC was extremely mindful that the set was running a little. Aware that his night was dedicated to YC he gave us a concentrated few minutes of intense hip-hop spitting mad double-times a Capella and a few of his songs. We’ve all heard Soul’s ability to spit live with his deep and strong voice. What you may not have heard yet is Soul Khan singing live which was surprisingly good. He sounded sharp and confident. It’s about time to not talk about Soul Khan as the legendary battle rapper and pay close attention to his musical releases.
Homeboy Sandman did not make it, as scheduled, to the event. Rest assured, Peter Rosenberg went on stage to introduce YC’s performance. Rosenberg showed his admiration for YC’s involvement with helping the hood and the city. He threw a diss to Kendrick’s much talked about verse saying:
The people making noise in New York aren’t the ones doing shit for New York. – Peter Rosenberg
Alas, YC The Cynic took on the stage. Enthusiastic and energetic YC did not waste any time and started off his set by performing “Molotovs At Poseidon.” YC payed close attention to detail for his performance. Visuals were shun on the white background behind the MC which coincided perfectly with the MC’s bars. He also used a retro mic that he also used in the music video for “Murphy’s law.” With humor, YC transitioned into “Rude Boy Jamaican.” He offered his public a rougher delivery than the recordings. YC connected with his audience thanks to his down to earth attitude and confidence that everyone in the venue was going to chant “Hey! Hey!” whether this was the first time they heard his track or the hundredth time. YC has a few memorable crowd-connection moments. Between “Rude Boy Jamaican” and “Return Of The Slick,” YC asked the crowd to “Make some weird fucking noises.” YC captured his audience and got grown men and women to howl and roar. He seemed himself surprised by the audience doing everything they were told to do. He answered to the crowd with a charming smile and a few laughs. The day he’s been working hard for the past two years had finally arrived and his happiness was palpable.
On “Return Of The Slick” YC spits on top of a groovy beat during which the MC moved smoothly on the stage. You should really give a listen to this track, it features epic bars that are pretty representative of YC’s personality which we saw throughout the night.
YC shifted from amusing bars to an intense a Capella where he rapped about religion spitting memorable lines such as:
Nothing Sacred they are recreating angels with rubber wings…
GNK might have only been out for a few hours, but that did not stop the crowd from singing along “The Heaviest Cross” YC told us exclusively:
‘The Heaviest Cross’ is the most straightforward look into my life. The whole album is an in depth look into my mind and heart, but THAT song is more about my worries/fears/burdens. – YC The Cynic
The song has a bit of that inspirational anthem vibe that Nas has in “The World Is Yours.” He continued by performing “Hello, Newman!” a track which works perfectly as an intermediary piece between his older work and GNK. YC explores similar politically charged themes.
From “Hello, Newman!” to “Chris Brown’s latest Hit,” YC kept his audience in bated breath. His humorous track got every one paying close attention to his lyrics. You got to give it a listen to understand. The track is an interesting take on Chris Brown’s famous violent past. A few crowd members were astonished when YC screamed “Do that shit ! Do that shit do it! Do it!” which was obviously a sarcastic joke. At the end of the song YC calmly said “But seriously don’t do it – this ain’t cool.” As a smart follow up, YC performed “Murphy’s Law” in which he condemns people who robotic ally repeate what rappers say. As soon as YC began rapping the crowd lost it. An army of man went on stage. Everyone in the room was dancing and jumping up and down. A moment which was a little like Kendrick’s performance at Governors ball but on a much smaller scale:
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) June 9, 2013
Before finishing up his set with “Negus,” YC played on a projector the video which he sampled in his album (below.)
This was a perfect ending to his performance. But the crowd wanted some more and asked YC to perform a last track: “Say Superman” He gracefully performed this last song before exciting the stage to join his public and thank people individually. YC is accessible, talented and captivating to watch. Within the next few years we are all going to watch this MC blossom from under-ground rapper to world-renowned.