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YC The Cynic – “Negus” | Takin' Mines
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YC The Cynic – “Negus”
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YC The Cynic is prepping for the release of his album GNK, out on August 26th. You already had the chance to hear “God Complex”, “Murphy’s Law” and “Molotov & Poseidon”. Today, YC released a new album cut entitled “Negus,” a term used to refer to the Ethiopian sovereign ruler. The track, produced by the talented Frank Drake, is politically and emotionally charged. YC is painting mythical references and contemporary figures such as Marcus Garvey and his Madison Square Garden speech, which coincides GNK‘s cover art. The MC exclusively told us:


My inspiration for the song, is always the beat. It dictates how I feel when I hear it, and subsequently the song thats written. The idea of a chant struck me first. Then the melody struck first. Then I was reminded of my fascination with the word Negus when I heard Elijah Black say it. Its all a string of random/organic occurrences, like it usually is.- YC The Cynic.



The track is about empowerment, it is composed much like a inspirational chant that will unite people as a force. It gives us a new vision on historical topics that are too often categories as preachy. We advise you to come to YC’s release party on August 26th in New York City at SOBS. Soul Khan, Homeboy Sandman, Rebel Diaz, Sene, Scienze Ottis Clapp Dao Jones and ourselves will be there.



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