“The music of CYNE (pronounced “sign,” and standing for “cultivating your new experience”) is all about hard-hitting beats and introspective lyrics concerned with socio-political issues, and the group cites everyone from Nas and Public Enemy to J Dilla and DJ Premier as an influence”
“Time Being”, originally released in 2003, was the first full-length CYNE LP, following a series of 12” singles for Beta Bodega’s imprint Botanica Del Jibaro. This Project Mooncircle reissue marks the first time that this long out-of-print album has been released on vinyl. This deluxe edition includes a remaster of the original “Time Being” album, previously released singles, instrumentals, and two previously unreleased bonus tracks (“Plain English” and “The Word”), both recorded during the “Time Being” sessions. “Time Being” is now available on vinyl for the first time. The exclusive remastered deluxe set comes out worldwide on limited green triple vinyl and digital. Gaining strong digital presence on YouTube, their videos have amassed over 6 million views, gaining an increasing point of attention from their very first release. Repping their material with respected peers, CYNE has worked closely with Diplo & Friends, XLR8R, DJ Booth and This Is My Jam.
CYNE’s “Time Being” lineup consisted of MC’s Cise Star and Akin Yai, and producers Speckand Enoch. The group teamed up in Gainesville, Florida in 2001 and recorded “African Elephants”, which was quickly released as a 12” and set the trajectory for the group’s course. CYNE has continued to release music for more than 15 years, including projects for domestic and international labels such as Project Mooncircle, Botanica Del Jibaro, P-Vine, Home Tapes, and City Centre Offices. Although the group’s lineup has changed for recent projects, all four members continue to work together, creating a reputation as artists that stay true to the lyrical power and gritty cut and paste aesthetic of classic Hip Hop while managing to explore new sonic territory.
Both CYNE and Akin Yai released new material in 2017; CYNE recently announced the second volume of their “Wasteland” beat tape series, while Akin Yai’s new album “Romantica”, primarily produced by Speck and Enoch, was released in April of 2017.
“Time Being” was created in 2002 and reflects the musical and political environment of the time. Sonically, the album showcases a synthesis of obscure samples filtered through the eclectic influences of Speck and Enoch, while Cise Star and Akin Yai’s lyrics cover a wide range of conceptual, introspective and spiritual ideas to the anxieties of post-9/11 xenophobia and being a black youth in America.
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