This is just a quick blurb about an up-and-coming hip hop group called Detroit CYDI. CYDI is short of “Can You Dig It,” which I think is probably the most clever you can get with an acronym that remotely reads like another word. Detroit CYDI is comprised of Sean Uppercut, Rufio Jones and Illingsworth (all from Detroit) on the raps. On the beats, Illingsworth splits half of the beatmaking / production duties with Swedish producer, Erik L. You may know Erik L from his work on German-based label Melting Pot Music, which also has Frying in Vein favorite DJ Day in its ranks. This collective released an album titled The Rhyming Dictionary on Christmas Day. They are giving it away for your personal enjoyment and trust me, you WILL enjoy it. They offer a variety of ways to download it, pick your I.V.:
Now for those that want to get a taste before filling up your harddrive with more music you found on the internet, I have included two of my favorite joints on the records. First, we have “It’s Nothin'” featuring Detroit eMCee Stryfe and Swedish vocalist Stray. It’s a high-powered fun cut that will do well performed live. The beat by Erik L jams and the dudes provide nice rhymes that even your Mom could respect.
Next, a track with Illingsworth on the beat titled, “Based on a True Story.” I especially like the ending with Illingsworth’s verse. Without giving too much away, this track shows off the personalities of each individual eMCee while showing they each got a knack for the raps. I found myself cracking up on Rufio Jones verse, but only to continue to ROFL at Illingsworth “verse.” It just shows having fun making music can NEVER be a bad thing.
Lastly, I will give you a YouTube video that the guys made for their song “NASCAR” featuring vocalist Stray. Bonus points to the person that can tell me what video game this is, but it escapes me at the moment.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the record. I think this is going to be on my best of list for 2009 at the end of the year. A full review of the album and interview with the group is in the works, so stay tuned.