â€œI wrote poetry, so rapping wasnâ€™t that difficult,â€ Atlantaâ€™s CyHi the Prynce bragged earlier this year on his single â€œThe Open Letter.â€ Difficult or not, CyHiâ€™s skills on the mic are, at best, unproven. Too often hampered by an over-reliance on second-hand punchlines and glossy, anthemic hooks, the bulk of his material tends toward the conservative. The quality of his poetry is anyoneâ€™s guess.
Of course, being a handshake away from Kanye West still means something in this country, and CyHi has infiltrated the Throneâ€™s inner circle, earning a spot on Kanyeâ€™s G.O.O.D. Music roster and securing two guest verses on the crewâ€™s Cruel Summer LP released this September. On Friday, he will headline the 40 Wattâ€™s “Twerksgiving” showcase, supported by a bevy of other rappers, including newcomer Trinidad Jame$.
Jame$, who works as a shoe salesman in Underground Atlanta and is rarely photographed not wearing gold and leopard print, emerged earlier this fall with his debut release, Donâ€™t Be S.A.F.E. His is a sensibility that values outsized personality and vibe over the actual rapping itself, which is deliberately pretty careless, a succession of trap rap clichÃ©s reiterated in a tone pitched somewhere between bored and mischievous.
He prides himself on surface-level strangeness; his latest video, for â€œAll Gold Everything,â€ depicts him being chauffeured around Clayton County in a panda mask, propped up in the back of an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme like a Cuban dictator.
Wherever you stand on these guys, the pairing is just odd enough to succeed; Jame$’ gaudy indifference is the perfect foil to CyHiâ€™s over-eager chest-pounding. If CyHi panders to the camera, Trinidad winks at it. Maybe the tension will be productiveâ€”or maybe it will just be tense. Either way, it’s intriguing, and isn’t that what Twerksgiving is all about?
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