On October 28th, YC The Cynic performed at a Red Bull Sound Select event at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. The show debuted three artists newly signed to Red Bull Sound Select: YC The Cynic, Kiah Victoria and CharlieRED. Each artist explored a different genre. YC showed off his skills on the mic by merging a few of his hit songs such as “Hello Newman” and “Molotovs at Poseidon” to a few a Capella. The crowd was left speechless when YC took his orange lit, retro mic to drop a sixteen.
When I do shows I just like to perform the best songs over the spend of my career that translate well to stage, participation and energy.
We first spotted YC in front of the venue surrounded by a few of his close friends. He was sporting new eyeglasses changing his signature from the picture below to the one above.
You know I like try new things. I always wanted to rock some Lennon. I like to change it up a little bit.
Even though the young MC likes the Lennon-glasses look he is not a die-hard Beatles fan.
I respect the Beatles. I wouldn’t say that I’m a fan but I love the music that I have heard I just haven’t dug deep into their catalog. They are undoubtedly one of the best in history.
Earlier this year we went to YC’s album release party. Peter Rosenberg was there, Rebel Diaz was there, Scienze, Otis Clapp, Dao Jones, Final Outlaw, Soul Khan, Frank Drake (who produced the album) and many more were there. At the Red Bull event, a few familiar faces were seen: Otis, Final Outlaw who ran by the name of James for the night and Frank Drake. Overtime, tight friendships between each artist, all big in the underground New York rap scene.
It’s a pretty small scene, the open mic scene that existed in late 2000 early 2010. I met [Soul Khan] at an open mic, he was doing shows called Brown Bag Thursday with The Brown Bag All Stars and they picked me for one of the shows. It’s just a cool friendship. Then I met Scienze and Scene and we kind of formed a “crew” called The Holy Order. We put out one song!,” he says enthusiastically, “It’s called “The Holy Order.””
GNK was highly acclaimed by critics and fans.
I expected it to be a step that would open me up to a new fan base, just like a new world of people and it’s done that. It definitely feels like the defining step. This feels like the beginning of my career again. Not in terms of what I have put out but in terms of finding out what kind of artist I am and that I want to be. It’s really good feeling I have never experienced before.
The MC feels “really good” about the positive response he received from a new found fandom. Since his album dropped, YC has had more and more people hitting him up via social media websites. Some tweet some of his lyrics, others change their profile picture to the album cover. For the past few weeks, YC has been on tour.
Touring is amazing! It’s always fun to play music for people who have never seen you or even never heard you before.” The tour YC was on was not a “YC THE CYNIC TOUR.” The tour was organized by a company who brought together 25 artists and musicians from 16 different countries. We stayed in Florida for two weeks and created music from scrap. It was crazy! I saw instruments I had never seen or heard before. My friend Jiha Park from South Korea had this crazy instrument. It looked like a gun from Men In Black or something. It was a crazy experience!
In November YC will leave again to go to the Midwest: Chicago Milwakee, Detroit. You can catch YC in concert in New York City at the Gramercy Theatre (127 E, 23rd Street) on January 18th 2014 along Homeboy Sandman, I Am Many, Open Mike Eagle and Tone Tank.