IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – CYCLONE – NEW ORLEAN’S HOTTEST STAR!

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CYclone began to rhyme in the year of 1995 and formed a rap group with his brother and best friend Eli. Through much dedication he eventually went solo in the year of 1999. During this time CY had a few producers that was supposed to produce beats for him, but they were taking too long and holding him back as he waited on them.  With tons of music and beats in his head he went out and purchased a Triton Studio keyboard for $2,500 at the time and began to learn how to make beats.  He used Korg support and continued calling with questions until he was fully trained on the equipment and began writing to the beats he produced.  These songs created his first album The Complex.  Although he hadn’t completed the album yet, he would perform those songs playing them straight from the keyboard.

In the year 2002, CYclone did a concert and greatly impressed a professional producer well known in Houston named Stikk. He was so blown away by his performance, he grabbed CY by the shirt and out of the building with excitement as he asked and motivated CYclone to move to Houston to further pursue his opportunities in music. He asked CY to work with his record label and after hanging with Stikk and some of the artists already signed on the label he moved to Houston six months later with just $2,000 in his pocket. CYclone contributed guest lyrics to Stikk’s Street Sermons album and began to form relationships throughout the Texas hip-hop community.

In 2002, he signed with Much Luvv Records Inc. Much Luvv Records at the time was a nationally known positive hip-hop label. Through Much Luvv, CY released The Complex Album and filmed an award winning video for his Confession Invasion single. He provided production and guest verses on several of the label’s compilation and artist roster’s albums. CY would go on to executive produce his next project Circus World Event…The Ringleader.  CY developed an eye-popping stage show that adds creative visual illustrations to the story subjects described in Circus World Event’s song list. The album includes guest appearances by R-Swift (Cross Movement Records), J-Silas (RockSoul Entertainment), Pettidee (Soldier Sound Productions), Sean Slaughter, Mark J, Enock, and the Much Luvv Family.

After launching his second solo album, Circus World Event…The Ringleader album at the 2007 Texas Holy Hip Hop Achievement Awards (where MTV personality Sway was a presenter) to critical acclaim, CY began to focus about the direction of its much anticipated follow-up.

Whereas The Ringleader’s concept envisioned our world as a circus with one true ringleader, and an imposter who plots and schemes for the same position, much like Circus World EventHigh Wire Act plays off a tight rope metaphor that represents having balance, handling the pressure, walking a narrow road and working your way up.  It features various musical rooms in what CY describes as a musical castle and each room is an environment as the music paints the picture of that room with the same awesome production that was heard on the Circus World Event album. The project also carries other messages about the humility that must be maintained by those placed in lofty positions. CYclone’s High Wire Act employed a gloomier carnival sound and explosive energy.

Circuses can be inspiring. Introduce children to one and then carefully observe their next month on the playground as they re-create the roles of the clown, the lion tamer, and the trapeze artist.

For producer and rapper CYclone also known as CY, it launched a fresh phase of his music career – one marked by a new found creative freedom for his sound, lyrics, and stage show.

Each song was painstakingly crafted to embody a singular theme where both the music and lyrics meld together to transport audiences to a specific time and place. A perfect example is the song Ice Cream Truck which takes the listener back to the youthful days of chasing after their neighborhood’s mobile, sweet treat shop. Here, CYclone is handing out a variety of lyrical ice cream bars.

It’s versatile and accessible to all listeners, something for everyone with guest artists like Young Joshua, Von Won, Gifted, FireJaws, D. Steele, One Dose, Kent & Shellee Coley, and tracks produced by CYclone himself, Phillip Moore, Tony Stone, Vohn Beats/Symbolyc One, Jimmy Natural and others.

So far, CYclone has four albums to his credit and has established his own Complex Melodies production company and record label.

High Wire Act marks CY’s third solo album (fourth overall.) Previous records have spawned an award winning video for his “Confession Invasion” single, recognition for the best New Album and New Artist of the Year (2004 Texas Hip Hop Awards), and several other nominations and industry honors.

In addition, CY has performed at major events such as SXSW, Rap Fest, the En Sound Music Awards, the All Eyes On Me Awards, and Atlanta’s Holy Hip Hop Awards (where he was also honored.)

Through those events and others, he has been honored to share the stage with music ministers such as Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Deitrick Haddon, Knowdaverbs, 4th Avenue Jones, Corey Red & Precise, Mark J, Lil Raskull, Pettidee, Todd Bangz, Everyday Process, and Lecrae.

He has performed at major stages such as Rap Fest Bronx New York, Texas Holy Hip Hop Awards Hosted by Sway of MTV, and a 4 time performer at Holy Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta and more major events CY has performed.

He received New Artist Of The Year Award For his debut album “The Complex” and Video of the Year in 2004 for his Confession Invasion Video at the Houston Holy Hip Hop Achievement Awards as well as nominated in seven other categories for 2004 such as Lyricist Of The Year and Stage Performer of the Year etc.,

He won New Artist Of The Year and received honorable mention honors for Album Of The year at the W.H.A.T. Awards for his first solo album The Complex Album in 2004.  He won UGA Urban Gospel Alliance for Hip Hop Male Artist of the year Award for 2004 and Album of the Year along side Da’Truth, R-Swift, Enock, Flame and Phanatik. He received Recognition Award for 2010 Holy Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta in January 2010. He won a Philadelphia Holy Hip Hop Award for Album and Artist of the Year for Circus World Event. The Ringleader in 2009. He also won the Ensound Music Awards for Single The FlipSide Trapeze and Album of the Year for Circus World Event.The Ringleader and Artist of the Year in 2010.  He won a Black Essence Award for Album Of The Year and Artist of the Year in 2010 for the Circus Album.

CYclone recently signed with Serious People music based out of NY and performed at the NBA Mike James Day event in NYC.

 

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

CYclone: I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana, but I’m currently stationed and living in Houston, Texas.  In 2002, a professional producer saw me perform and asked me to move to Houston to work with his record label.  I packed up and moved six months later and have been living in Houston ever since.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

CYclone: I began to rhyme in the year of 1995 and formed a rap group with my brother and best friend Eli. Through much dedication, I eventually went solo in the year of 1999.  In the year 2002, I did a concert, and impressed a professional and well-known producer in Houston named Stikk. He motivated me to move to Houston to further pursue my opportunities in music. I contributed guest lyrics to Stikk’s Street Sermons album and began to form relationships throughout the Texas hip-hop community. In 2002, I signed with Much Luvv Records. Through Much Luvv, I released The Complex Album and filmed an award winning video for my “Confession Invasion” single. I also provided production and guest verses on several of the label’s compilation and artist roster’s albums. I have developed an eye-popping stage show that adds creative visual illustrations to the story subjects described in Circus World Event’s song list. The album includes guest appearances by R-Swift (Cross Movement Records), J-Silas (Rock Soul Entertainment), Pettidee (Soldier Sound Productions), Sean Slaughter, Mark J, Enock, and the Much Luvv Family. First impressions of Tim Gross may lead one to believe I am a quiet soul, but give me time, and I will emerge, impress, and encourage.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

CYclone: My songs are about life, wisdom, choices, and are creative like watching a movie with dramatic themes.

My music takes the listeners on journeys, through stories in drama fashion and point towards God and the wisdom of His creation we call life.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?

CYclone: Every song that I perform is my favorite song.  I don’t have a favorite because every song that I write and produce all work together to show who I am as an artist. My talent is displayed on each one.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?

CYclone: I’m surprised by how many fans and Deejays love my music, but certain people that can really help you get to the next level still can give you a hard time even when they know themselves how good you are.  Some people try to make this thing harder than what it really is.  I think we sometimes call them haters.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

CYclone: I’m influenced by my own creative mind that God gave me, but growing up I listened to many underground artists that people never heard of. There are two artists that many people have heard of that sort of rubbed off on me a little bit and that would be Busta Rhymes and Method Man.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

CYclone: I produce music and create and paint the pictures that the music itself gives me.  When I hear music I see things such as revelations and visions, and I paint what I see upon hearing the music. When God created me He gave me this gift so with this gift I would call myself a music painter.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

CYclone: My rhymes are always on point.  I have a high standard.  I have a unique voice.  I sound different.  I don’t sound like everybody else.  I’m versatile also and can rhyme any style and do it well.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?

CYclone: I would like artists to be their own selves and stop copying the sounds and styles of other artists.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?

CYclone: Currently I’m working on a new single called Little By Little (I’m Good).  I am also working on the promotion of a new single I just finished up called Make A Move.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

CYclone: I see myself inspiring others.  Giving fans the music they are looking for.  I want to create something fresh and new that doesn’t sound like everybody else.  A consistent product where they know if they get music from me they know exactly what they’re going to get and look forward to it.  I also want my music to help and inspire the lives of people that hear it and give them answers in life by Wisdom.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

CYclone:

www.ComplexMelodies.com

www.soundclick.com/beatsbycy

http://www.twitter.com/cyholla

www.facebook.com/CircusWorld

www.facebook.com/CYcloneFlows

 

 

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64 COMMENTS

  1. Cy has a unique style of Christian rap music that is charismatic and uplifting. I personally love it and will continue to be a huge supporter.

  2. I have been following & supporting the ministry of CYclone since the days of Much Luvv Records /DaSouth. Truly a honor to now be sharing the same label with him at Serious PPL Music! If you haven’t checked out his music yet, I urge you to do so immediately! For fans of Hip Hop, he will take you on a musical journey with his unique style. For those looking for music with substance, look no further.

  3. Love this young man and his music. I met CY back in 2007 on a basketball court in Humble Texas. He was a phenomenal basketball player and upstanding guy. I didn’t know he was a rapper until several weeks later when he and I were alone in the gym, and he began to share his passion for Christ and his music. He shared A CD with me and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s different, cutting edge, but most importantly good, positive and needed in our society today. Thanks for investing in your calling and for being dedicated, open and transparent in a world that forces you to run and hide. Blessings to you CY! KEEP PUSHING FORWARD!!!!

  4. Tim / Cy is an excellent & dedicated Man of God & has tremendous blessings & anointing on his music, which has resulted in being accepted by many people, both young & old.

  5. I support CY 100%, He brings back what we thought for sure has died and that is called “Hip Hop”…..not only that, but He brings purpose to his craft. Purpose that only leads to his ultimate destiny. He is a true servent in delivering nothing but the best and his resume proves it. I have seen CY grow through the years in lyricism and know that his muisc will excell to greatness. CY is original and extremly creative.

  6. CY music is very inspirational and non compromising! He’s a rare breed in this industry! About time someone who can make music glorifying God… Thx CT

  7. Cy is a true emcee. I was one of the featured artist on Stikk’s Street Sermon to Rhyme along with him. Truly a pleasure to see and work with him concerning God’s kingdom. This type of music needs to be heard in today’s music society..(especially today). Yo! Cy keep using yo gift and whoever reads this keep supporting good music.

  8. Cy is the one the most humble brothers ad well as talented people I know. I will do the best for you in any situation! I pray this opportunity opens doors for him and Serious People!

    • Cy is the one the most humble brothers as well as talented people I know. He will do the best for you in any situation! I pray this opportunity opens doors for him and Serious People!

  9. One of the most amazing artists / producers in the industry! There is not one track that he has put out that I was not about to play on radio or rock at events. Fresh, Clean production, genius level lyrical content and a passion for empowering listeners with straight truth! CYclone fills the gap!

  10. Tim is an excellent example of the Lord doing a 180 transformation in his life. Love this brother’s humility with the talent God has given him to communicate the gospel through rap. God bless

  11. I Have been playing Cy on my shows for ten(10) years. His lyrical content is a very clear message, the production always on point, Cy has earned the right for His gift to make room for Him!

    Big C the Encourager
    Host And Producer of Urban Gospel Sounds & the Prayze Cafe Radio Shows

  12. God has gave Cy a gift to create music etc I had the honor of meeting him in Atlanta at the holy hiphop awards back in 2010 and he was very humble man of God to date I still play his album I purchased back then

  13. one of main rap artist I grew up with and he is one of the best lyrical rappers I have listened too and is way better than the ones that the world listen too that have no true message or their own lyrical style. Keep doing your thing CY

  14. Dope & talented artist. I’ve been working with him the last year in the studio and we aim to perfect every record we come across. His strive for excellence in himself is what the drive and passion is about.

  15. Real chh at its best cy is a real lyricist .but more importantly a great man of God . I’ve always enjoyed his gift . And still have him in rotation on my radio station cross over WWRB.

  16. As an artist in Jackson Square in New Orleans and a martial artist and preacher I fine this music helps me stay focus on my work in every area of my life. The lyrics are life changing plus the lyrics are on point and it syncs with my heart and my spirit man. So if you’re looking for melodies that’s not from the normal day to day rapper give this man of God a listen.
    When I’m painting on the square, 99% of the time you find me plugged-in on my Ipod listing to Cyclone and I find myself lost in the third heaven getting my paint on! That’s what CYCLONE melodies and Beats and lyrics will do! Facebook.com/getyourpetdone

  17. Cy and Complex Melodies continues to bring us unique, and original Gospel Hip hop raw and uncut from the heart through the Spirit of God..Great Testimony my brother.. Continue to do what you do and bring us anointed ryhmes and Melodies..You are definitely a light in a dark world.God Bless and Peace.

  18. Cy is a super dope artist, and a good basketball player, came to my house a number of years ago before (or maybe after) a show I was promoting and beat me one on one. His music is great and his live performance is top notch as well.

  19. Love both full length albums…so rare to enjoy an entire album start to finish. Saw him perform live…he sounds just like his album, grabs your attention and holds you there, like few can. His lyrics, at times remind me of hiphop when it was fun and put a smile on your face, but he’a also got the skills to make you break your neck on the music side. Solid production solid guy. Hope to see him be a household name one day.

  20. CY is one of the hottest Christian Rap Artist out here. If you have never heard his music you are in for a big treat. CY’s music will minister to you and others and as always it will keep your musical thirst quenched and wanting some more. Dope Anointed music period!!!

  21. CY is a true artist and I have enjoyed his music for several years. To hear such lyrical grit from such humble guy is truly extraordinary.

  22. CY is a passionate artist. He has a style of his own which is refreshing to hear. I enjoy his music and am glad to call him a true friend.

  23. I met Cy in 2008 and this brother is a talented artist, producer, father and man of God. Its amazing to watch his growth and development through the years.. He definitely keep the barz on deck. Cy is consistent and what makes him a great artist to me is he stays true to himself and his style. Its hard to find that now in this genre everyone wanna sound like someone else but not him. I look forward to the next thing he’s doing.

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