YC the Cynic, dubbed the new “Slick” by his fans, and declaring himself to be “a Sebastian Bach with a mic,” is a burgeoning young lyricist from the South Bronx, NY. Named among the Top 5 Underground Hip-Hop Artists in NYC by Deli Magazine, YC earned his reputation as a vanguard of hip-hop’s new generation earlier this year with the release of his neck-jerking debut mixtape You’re Welcome, which featured the viral hit “Say Superman”. Since then, YC has steadily been on his grind, touring throughout California, Michigan and Massachusetts, sharing stages with the likes of Joell Ortiz, Camp Lo, Blitz the Ambassador, Tanya Morgan, and Akil of Jurassic 5. YC also played the inaugural “DJBooth Presents” showcase at the venerable SOB’s in New York City, warming up the room for Curren$y and Def Jam signee Big K.R.I.T. He has also collaborated with other notable hip-hop artists such as Homeboy Sandman, Fresh Daily, PumpkinHead and J-Live.
Young as he is, YC does understands the importance of giving back to his community. Through his alliance with the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, YC the Cynic also lends his talents to uplift and better those around him, by participating in summits dealing with issues of youth empowerment, cultural education, and media justice. “I want my music to change people’s perceptions of other people, make me and others better,” says YC, “At the very least, I want my music to entertain you.”
YC the Cynic is currently in the studio at work on his next project, The Spectacle, which is set to drop in the Fall. A big step for YC, the Spectacle will be his first release where he raps over all original production. YC describes the sound as “Miles Davis playing his interpretation of heaven, then Kanye West sampling it”.