A couple years ago, YC the Cynic surfaced as one of my favorite up-and-comers with his GNK mixtape, laced with poignant social commentary on power, religion and race and how they all intertwine. But since it arrived in late 2013, he’s been pretty quiet.
Over the weekend, The Bronx native surfaced on Cole King’s “By Now,” and today, he returns with a new single of his own: “Pretty Bodies.” There’s a catch, though. “Pretty Bodies” is YC the Cynic’s last single under this persona. He explained with a message on his SoundCloud:
This is my last single as YC The Cynic. I was 12 years old when I got the name YC. I grew up with it, made mistakes, and starting making a name as a teenager. The further I got into adulthood, the more I felt suffocated by it. This change will allow me to be the artist I’m becoming, unapologetically. I’ve learned a lot about the industry since the release of my last album. Thanks for showing me love throughout the first chapter of my career. Hopefully you continue to rock with me. ” – Kemba (formerly known as YC The Cynic)
His new song features Mr. MFN eXquire, and it will land on an upcoming mixtape, The Farewell Tape, set to release April 21, which consists of “a compilation of never released songs and some of my favorite moments … to celebrate what we’ve been able to do so far.” After that, he will be known as Kemba.
But for now, YC the Cynic is back, and I’ll be damned if I’m not excited for what’s to come. Stream the humming “Pretty Bodies” below.