YC The Cynic
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YC The Cynic

Bronx, New York, United States

Bronx, New York, United States
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South Bronx rapper YC the Cynic, drops visuals for his latest single “Murphy’s Law.” The young thinker explores the idea of evolution going wrong. - Mass Appeal

Last week, Bronx MC YC the Cynic unleashed his brand-new Oliver Eid-directed video for "God Complex," the debut single from his forthcoming Kickstarter-funded release GNK, produced entirely by Frank Drake. A notable element of the song is YC's incorporation of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" into his flow. A favorite tune of hip-hoppers for many years, we spoke to YC about his new video, successfully funding his album through Kickstarter, and his opinion on some of our favorite "Tom's Diner"-channeling jams. - Village Voice

YC brings to life a boastful persona with a tone that’s oddly amiable for someone declaring themselves to be a deity amongst mere mortals. The song’s intriguing angle is amplified by a hypnotizing assortment of visual effects with YC’s image levitating amidst the clouds — an image reminiscent of the Wizard of OZ. - The Source Magazine

The Bronx is known for originating this thing that we call hip-hop. It's only right for a kid from hip-hop's birthplace to introduce a unique flavor to the game. - Complex Magazine

The Bronx spitter takes a different route from his typical wordplay for a dreamier atmosphere on the song, which was produced by Frank Drake. The song is accompanied by a colorful, expansive music video directed by Oliver Eid, which finds YC’s rap-croon personage rising like smoke in the air. - HypeBeast

YC shines brightly on his new DJ Illanoiz-produced track “Hallelujah,” a dark track the highlights Yc’s smooth flow and wit right from the start. - MTVHive

Meet YC The Cynic, who is one of the most promising artists in recent years. Fresh, dope and entertaining. - XXL


Still working on that hot first release.



Born in the poorest congressional district in the country, Matthew Jefferson (aka YC The Cynic) has become a torchbearer for progressive hip-hop music. Known for his quick-witted lyricism, YC has been on a mission to revitalize the birthplace of hip-hop culture. YC has begun teaching the Art of Rap, with the hopes that the youth will be able to further change the climate in mainstream music. He has been featured on MTV, BET, The Source, and Complex Magazine; was named one of the Top 5 Underground Hip-Hop Artists in NYC by The Deli Magazine; and has toured the country doing what he loves. So, as YC would say it, life is good.

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